Please talk with your soon to be recruit about if there is a family emergancy if they want to be notified. Keep in mind there is nothing they can do while in bootcamp..and if it isn't an immediate family, Amercian red Cross does NOT have to send a message.
Please do NOT go spending money buying them all the items in the DEP book. Go here to see what they need and do not need. (I told my SIL...all my nephew needs is the paper work the recruiter and MEPS tells him to take, and a little cash, plus the clothes on his back, that is it!)
Who THEY want to go to PIR! It is their gradation..if the parents are divorced and he doesn't want the step parents, but wants his parents, girlfriend, and best friend. Respect their wishes!
Find out on here...where their school is. If you think it is in Great Lakes...ask here.
IF you are going to be taking care of their bills...keep in mind they will not see a paycheck for at least 4-6 weeks..and if they don't take the required paper work for the bank at home, they will open a new checking account and you will NOT have access to it. Also you will not get thier paystubs...it goes on line and only they can get them. If you they have a bank at home that you will be using, recommend you go to the bank (with soon to be recruit) and get a POA from them. Many banks will not allow POA's unless they are from the bank.
GET a POA (power of attorney) so that you can take care of what ever needs to be taken care of.
If the recruits car is going to not be used while they are gone, call the insurance company so you can lower the rates. Also if the recruit has any bills that will be required to be paid while they are gone, have him call them before he goes to see if they will hold off on payments and charges (can't hurt to ask).
While they are gone...get a passport...never know where their duty station will be and wouldn't it be cool to go to Japan for a trip?
Please add on...
Thanks! These are great topics I didn't even think of.
Definitely wish I would have had access to this site and the information prior to my son's leaving this past Tuesday. Fortunately he doesn't really have any bills yet but I had no idea we couldn't get information about his health/surgery status if something happens......can we take care of this at PIR?
Sure, you could prepare the POA forms in advance and track down a notary the afternoon following PIR. Google "notary waukegan illinois".
FWIW, you did have access to this site and the information prior to your son's leaving.
I wasn't given any information about this site until the day my son left for boot camp....wish I would have as there is so much great information here.
Many recruiters still don't have any info about this site. They may have the info but are reluctant to tell the recruits and parents to go check it out ... don't want to have to deal with too many "informed" mothers.
One doesn't need informed recruiters (too often an oxymoron) to access this (or any other) Navy related web site. All that's needed is a web enabled device and a deep desire to learn about your child's career choice. The information is out there if you care enough to look for it. Moms who wait to be 'given' information will always be behind the curve.
This isn't the supportive helpful forum I was hoping to find. I care immensely about my childs choice to join the navy and don't appreciate your comment that by not knowing about this site I don't........my momma always said if you don't have something nice to say......
Well then, I'm sorry you didn't have access.
Don't wear your feelings on your sleeve. I'm sure that it was just matter of you not realizing that there might be something for moms out there and that you had a lot of other things to think about or you would have put Navy Moms into a search engine. I'm glad you have found us now. There is a lot of great information on the site for you. Stick around.
Join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. As soon as you know your SR's PIR date and/or divison number, watch for information on the PIR group on Boot Camp Mom's and/or at http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/topics/groups-listed-by-pir-date.
Angie has some good advice listed on here. The one I think that's the most important is the POA! My sons been in about 1 1/2 years and we've used it several times. Also, I think it's a good about the passport for yourself and your sailor. If your sailor is in a foreign port and has to come home on an emergency basis he will need a passport to come home.
I posted a link to the Survival Guide on your personal page. You can access it anytime by click "MY PAGE" on the above menu bar. The guide will have all the links including the ones lemonelephant posted in her comment. Please join the Boot Camp Moms group asap. You'll meet up with others with sons/daughters leaving for bootcamp. There are two things people want from this site - support and information. Often, giving out the information can come across as terse in print. Keep at it. The camaraderie within your PIR group will keep you going during the bootcamp weeks. You'll be glad you stick around. On do stay on the site to pass what you have learned to others. This site can not exist without volunteers like Lady Hamilton, lemonelephant, Angie, Concernedad, Craig and many others.
Take care and good luck.