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New to the site and can't seem to find the answers?

Hey everyone, first time asking a question and I know it has been asked before but I tried reading through older post and there are way to many. I have really found a ton of great info. My question is my son left Meps and arrived in Great Lakes may6. I have a few questions. First being is there way I can get his ship and division number so I can locate his PIR? I am a single father and trying to schedule my summer vacation with my daughter so we can see his PIR. My other question is how do I… Continue

Added by Britt on May 13, 2015 at 2:58pm — 8 Comments

Getting Closer

Well it was a countdown that started almost a year ago and now we are down to weeks before my son leaves for basic.  The next couple of weeks are going to certainly fly because there is so much going on between now and his ship date of July 7th.  I have been keeping my mind busy by putting together his high school graduation party/going away party.  I had to have his party the week before he actually graduates because there was no time in between graduation date of June 28th and his leave…


Added by Smiley on May 11, 2015 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments


So I have never blogged before but thought I would start....trying to figure out ways to connect with my son who is at RTC. When I say connect I don't mean literally, I mean when he can't write. So I have taken on my own style "bootcamp". I run, bike, do pushups (YES!!! modified), sit up (every inch off the ground is a plus) anything physical everyday. This is when I connect with my son. I mentally send him positive thoughts, tons of love and as I have written I invoke whatever higher entity…


Added by Hootsmom on May 6, 2015 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Mailing letters/packages

Hello Everyone

I had a question for anyone who has had a problem with shipping their mail/packages. My daughter is deployed on the USS Normandy, I had sent her 2 packages on March 27th. The ship has had 5 mail dispersments so far...and she has not recieved any of her 2 packages. I tracked it and it hasent updated it shows, that it is still in Great Lakes, Chicago. It has been 1 month now. I have all the information correct and included a return address. I dont know what had happened,…


Added by mslinda1976 on May 1, 2015 at 5:56pm — 10 Comments

graduation questions

This may be silly but is the ceremony a semi-formal? Can I wear a knee length dress and my husband a golf shirt and slacks?

Added by tammy on April 29, 2015 at 7:10pm — 5 Comments

Left for BC in GL yesterday

My son left for BC in GL yesterday. So proud. Got my 30 sec call late last night, bittersweet. Trying to get my emotions in check today, but struggling. I know he is in good hands, will be amazing. Tips for a Mom surviving the first week ? God Bless our recruits and sailors. Thank you for having this site, it has been so comforting

Added by Momack on April 15, 2015 at 11:35am — 10 Comments

New to all this

My oldest son done all this stuff this week at meps and signed his papers.  He will be leaving out for bootcamp the end of October.  Trying to learn all this and get use to all of this.  I have a little over 6 months of him being home with us before he leaves out.  I am proud of him and glad he is doing something like this but at the same time being a mom I am worried about him.

Added by Devinsmom on April 10, 2015 at 7:17pm — 5 Comments

From graduation to A-School in GL?

Okay, so my husband is going from RTC to A-School which is still at Great Lakes. Does he get ANY time off after graduation to come stay the night with me? Or come spend the day with me and our daughter? I am kinda missing him a heck ton. He is going to Great Lakes for MM (machinist mate).

Just an update from my last post: We are about a week in and it seems to be getting better but I miss him so much!! Does anyone have significant…


Added by LooveMySailor on April 7, 2015 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

She left today!

My daughter left today!  I will be trying to wait patiently for my 30sec scripted phone call! I never imagined it to be this hard to let her go! I feel I am be selfish by all these tears but I am just being a mom! I have my 1st letter already written, just waiting for address.  

Added by rygirlsmom on April 1, 2015 at 7:11pm — 13 Comments

Stationed Overseas

Hello Everyone!

This is my first blog post.  My son has been in the Navy for one year now and we just found out that his home port will be overseas.  How will we be able to communicate with him? I'm imagining the cell phone charges would be through the roof!  Do they get leave time after being overseas awhile???

Help!!! My son will be too far away!

Added by Sonya209 on March 27, 2015 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

Here We Go

Hello all - this is my first post. My boy leaves for the Navy tomorrow, he's so excited! As a single mom, I feel a sense of accomplishment......I'm also freaking out a little bit and I keep cleaning the house and rearranging furniture. I bought him a steak dinner and told him how proud I am of him!

Added by Nates_Mom on March 15, 2015 at 6:01pm — 10 Comments

My Daughter left for boot camp 3/09/2015

My daughter left yesterday 3/09/2015 for boot camp. got her last phone call @11:30 pm. cant believe I wont be able to talk with her everyday.  she was very calm said she wasn't nervous that she was ready but just worried her mom wasn't doing ok. I told her that I will be fine as long as I know she is good. she said yup. I'm good mom I guess the next time I see u with be in Chicago.  I am very proud and excited for her to start her new journey I stand watching her go from a little girl to…


Added by CinWond17 on March 10, 2015 at 3:25pm — 19 Comments

First Deployment - what about phone?

My son will go on his first deployment and I need to know about options for phones.  Should we get an "interntional plan" on his existing phone or should he get a "pay as you go" phone...If he takes his phone, what should he turn off so we don't get all kinds of charges?  If he uses the ship's phones, do they have access to it often?  Should he take his computer on the ship?  I have so many questions about how we will communicate while he is gone and how we should pay...

Added by Vickie360 on March 4, 2015 at 12:27am — 3 Comments

College while on active duty

Have anyone had any experience with the educational benefits that are available for those on active duty-and do spouses have any? I am trying to be encouraging to my son (and his wife) but also don't want to "nag". But I would like to suggest some realistic options for them. 

Added by BertH on March 4, 2015 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments


my son leaves for boot camp on May 12. I have lots of questions.
1. Approx when will graduation be and is it on the weekend?
2. When will he be allowed to have a car? ( he goes to charleston,sc after boot camp to nuc school)
3. When are they allowed to come home the first time?

Added by Tonya on March 1, 2015 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

Impatient mom

Ok it's been 10 days since my daughter left and still no form letter!!! What the heck! Is this normal and when do I start to worry that it's lost? So disappointing to see an empty mailbox, :(

Added by tori'smom on February 13, 2015 at 4:40pm — 6 Comments

Jealous for her time

The days are quickly ticking off my calendar for Kate's ship out to Boot Camp.  I am trying not to, but am finding it hard not to be jealous of my remaining time with her.  She works full time, but also has at least two days off in between 24 hour shifts.  I am extremely proud of her work ethic when she offers to pick up a 12 hour for a coworker, but that takes away from time I could spend with her.  Her best friend attended paramedic school with her and they work at the same company, but…


Added by DepthCharge4 on February 9, 2015 at 9:56pm — 7 Comments

PROUD MOM of MY BABY GIRL - Jan 29th - Patiently Waiting NEWS

Uggg!  Hello everyone.  My daughter left on the 29th and I still haven't received anything did anyone 's who loved one left on that day receive anything???

Added by jessies'mom on February 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — 16 Comments

Boot camp Mom

This is day 6 of boot camp for my son : ) I am anxiously awaiting a call from him... Really nervous but I am thankful for this forum to talk to other Mom's just like me : ) When did anyone get their first call ???

Added by Mychael 's Mom on February 3, 2015 at 3:09pm — 48 Comments

Just starting this new adventure

I think my son will be enlisting very soon. He at least wants us to meet with the recruiter before he takes that next step. I find myself excited for him - he really wants to do this. Right now, at least, I'm not even too nervous about him leaving (but I'm sure that will change!). I don't know how long we will have between his enlisting and shipping out, or how often we will be able to be in contact - either by phone or in person. But I have a few more days to make my list of questions and…


Added by TJR's Proud Mom on January 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

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