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navy schooling

Hello I am new to this site so bear with me. My son is leaving for RTC on July 8th with an EC rating in the Navy Reserves. There seem to be different answers as to whether he needs to go to "C" school right away or not because he is in the Reserves. Any insight would be appreciated!

Added by lm243 on June 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Enlisted Now; I'm Growing as Much as He Is!

It seems like more than the 2.5 weeks it's actually been since that wonderful phone call, "I'm a member of the United States Navy!"  That he had to retake the PRT one time seems, as I knew it would, like an inconsequential matter after we received word that he'd passed the Battle Stations. I still haven't seen him since early April, but just to be able to text by phone or have an occasional conversation still seems like such a treat.  Oh my, he has changed.!

Sisters whose young ones…


Added by Pat S on June 24, 2015 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Updated P.I.R. information checklist **CELL PHONES AT RTC **

** UPDATE 6/12/15 ** Sailors who graduated and are now holdovers at RTC (HOLD OVER SHIP 5) are allowed to bring their cell phones back on Friday night after Graduation. This HAS BEEN CONFIRMED OFFICIALLY.

Welcome to our new Navy Family. Please take the time and read this document. It will be a life saver for you while you are here for the Navy Boot Camp Graduation. 

Please check the EVENTS tab and RSVP for the meet and greet for the week you are coming here for…


Added by OldSarge on June 17, 2015 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Quarter Master

Can anyone give me experiences in training for Quartermaster? What is in store?

Added by Nancy R on June 14, 2015 at 9:05am — 4 Comments

Through the Pipeline

I am a bag of mixed emotions as I write this blog.  I am beyond proud of my Sailor for his accomplishments and at the same time, I'm sad and very scared.

My Sailor has officially become an EM Nuke!  He made it through the Nuclear Pipeline.

He, my…


Added by GANukeMom(EM mom) on June 2, 2015 at 6:10am — 9 Comments

After PIR Travel

After PIR is there a restriction on how far the graduates can go?  My step-son wants to meet us in Chicago, which is about an hour away, after graduation.  Wasn't sure if they are allowed to go that far or if it's too much to do in one day?

Added by mcmomma on May 29, 2015 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

Baby missing daddy?

Any one know what to do?

I have a 13 month old daughter and she is super attached to my husband who left for bootcamp 7 days ago. She has always been independent but for the past week she is inconsolable. She is so moody and it's like she dosent know what she wants. She climbs in to my lap just to get back down and sit on the floor and cry. She dosent want to take naps, and is always Eating. I know this might seem silly to some of you but I'm feeling so over whelmed and im not use to not… Continue

Added by littlesusanq on May 27, 2015 at 1:10am — 3 Comments

Not Sure What Son's Doing

I really wish I knew what program my son was going into after bootcamp.  I know it's Aircrew, but he said he has at least 2 years of school ahead of him before he even begins his job.  He told me what it was at MEPS, the recruiter had just told him, but I didn't write it down and now I can't remember...ugh!!!  I wanted to look up information online about it.  Anybody have any ideas? Thanks

Added by mcmomma on May 25, 2015 at 10:44am — 10 Comments

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

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