Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPpers leaving in the month of September (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!
We are an extension of the group DEPpers/Future Sailors....in, but not gone yet- see the link above.
If you haven't been there, go there now....There is a ton of information that you will need and are probably dying for....like what to send with them to Boot Camp and BC videos! :)
So if you have general information and comments that will be helpful and/or encouraging for ALL new DEP/Future Sailor Moms, then leave it in that main DEPper/Future Sailors Group, but if you have September ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in September, ...then this is the place to be. :-)
Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About a week after they arrive at BC, you will receive your "Kid in a Box" (clothing, cell phone etc.) and then a separate official Navy form letter, with their Ship# and DIV # (address) on it.
Check it against the ones here: http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/contact_recruit.asp
Actually, www.bootcamp.navy.mil has some great need to know overall info for families!
Then, watch for your PIR (Pass in Review-i,e, Graduation) date to be posted here: http://www1.netc.navy.mil/nstc/rtcgl/upcoming_grads.asp
That IS the official date for your Recruit's Training Group to PIR, HOWEVER things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets. Wait until their PIR date is posted to do so, and don't worry, you will still have plenty of time to get your traveling ducks in a row! =) Check here for reviews and info re: hotels, PIR, travel etc: http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/categories/pirpass-in-review/listForCategory
After that form letter arrives, it's time to get plugged into your permanent PIR Groups, as soon as someone takes the initiative to start one for your graduation date! Once you are a member there, someone from your Division can start a discussion in the PIR Group for your specific Division. OR you can start a separate Group for your Div.
This is how you find others whose Recruits who are not only graduating on the same day as yours, but also in their division as a shipmate! :) PLEASE do not start Div Discussions here, as this is a DEP Group and you will be moving on into the BC Moms Stage. It gets rather confusing and messy when there are multiple Div Discussions spread out across N4Ms for the same Divs.
After your PIR, we will clean up/delete any old non pertinent (Div or other) discussions here to make way for the following year's DEP Moms.
Next stop from here (besides your PIR Group and Division Discussion or Group)...the Boot Camp Moms Group: http://www.navyformoms.com/group/bootcampmoms
Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)