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...
Thank you for the information....just received information about what ship and division he's in at bootcamp.
So what division is he in? I suggest that you join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Be sure to watch in Boot Camp Mom's and/or http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/topics/groups-listed-by-pir-date for information about the PIR group and join that to connect with others with loved ones training with your SR.
Good luck to your recruit and you. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Often you can find answers by going to Forum or Blog and inputting key words in the search box. Try it sometime. We have consolidated much of the important subject. Lemon has a encyclopedia of things too. :)
I just recently received some info from the Red Cross to sign my daughter up. I have no idea where the local chapter is her. Can I go online and look or would it be better for me to go thru our local chapter so we can have contact with her thru them?
Thank you for sharing this information! My son is leaving for bootcamp on September 5th and I have been stressing over what he needs and what to expect. You have been very helpful!!
What you say happened is far and few between of what the norm is
Aw crud, my son left for BC today and forgot to take his bank account and routing number with him. I texted it to him, but he'll only see it for a second when he makes his call home. will he have enough time or even have a freakin' pen and pencil? So what will happen?
Don't worry about it. He will most likely set up an account with NFCU. They not only need the bank account and routing number, but they need to have Form 1199A completed ahead of time or a blank check to VOID.
Please do talk to your recruit, about their wishes. We had the talk with our son bfore he left. His decision not to be told about any deathes. Now I am having to do one of the hardest things in my life and wait to tell him about the death of his uncle.
My son felt the same way. Sorry for your loss. Its in his best interest not to know right now. Take care and God bless
Before they leave for b/c make sure they have a backup if they are unable to reach you for "I am a US Sailor" phone call!!!
Parents PLEASE have this talk with your recruits. We did with our son. He let us know he did not want to know about any deaths. Now we have death in family and I have to honor his wishes and not let him know.It was his decsion and we are honoring it,besides this would be to munch to deal with at basic. Talk, listen, respond