My son will be leaving for orientation week in 3 weeks. What can he expect? what do they do? And what exactly happens at the Swesring Ceremony? Will we as parents be able to attend that portion of the day? What types of uniforms do they receive? Ad you can read, I'm pretty new to all of this. Any info is appreciated.
Added by USMC Mids Mom on July 31, 2011 at 10:57am —
My son is scheduled to graduate on 9/1 we don't do much traveling but no way in the world I would miss this. I have no clue where to start on booking a flight whats the best way to buy my tickets? And any suggestions on hotels close to the base. Also what's there to do in Chicago that's fun & reasonable? Thanks!
Added by Dave's Mom on July 30, 2011 at 8:55pm —
My son is two weeks into Boot Camp and I'm sure all is well. It's the first kid to leave the nest and I didn't think I would miss him so much. Some of my friends said it's like college. I beg to differ. In College you can skype, email, get to them if you need to and they can do the same. So no it is not the same. Technology is a blessing and a curse, we've gotten used to instant communication. I will say the first thing I did was clean his room and all those clothes that he did not wear for… Continue
Added by Joesmama on July 30, 2011 at 7:10pm —
Greetings, all! I'm a long-time lurker, but this is my first blog posting. My husband just left to go to RTC this week and we are both really excited to embark on this new Navy adventure together. I am definitely missing him, but trying to stay on the sunny side of life. I keep reminding myself that this is a marathon that just started, not a sprint. It gets better... right? :)
Added by cluebee on July 21, 2011 at 6:38pm —
Last night was Aaron's pre-boot camp bash. We had a great time. He had tons of friends and family come to wish him well. There was food, music, and good times. I left a pad of paper and pens out for guests to write him notes. During boot camp, I will mail one note each day, along with my hundreds. I think he will get a kick out of reading them.
I'm feeling really melancholy today. Two of Aaron's really good friends spent the night last night. Before they left this morning, I… Continue
Added by Aaron's mom on July 10, 2011 at 1:34pm —
My son has officially decided this is what he wants to do! I'm Proud, Happy and Sad all at the same time. I am having a hard time concentrating or thinking! I'm watching videos, reading articles and absorbing everything. His friends were here last night and asked him when he would come back, he said never....only for visits.....this is where I'm going to retire! I had to go for a walk in the mountains, that hit me hard! God I hope this gets easier!
Added by woodmom on June 15, 2011 at 8:23am —
I was told that it was ok to copy this here to navyformoms. This is awesome… Continue
Added by Denise-- Seabee Mom on May 14, 2011 at 5:30pm —
Thank you, Navy Seals and all other Navy and military personnel! ♥
Added by seadreamstudio MM Nuke on May 2, 2011 at 12:30am —
My daughter has joined the Navy.. and her job assignment is the above.. She is my "baby" and I am a "worrywar"mom.. can somebody help me with that request? She is leaving for booth camp in May 17.. and my heart is pounding!! and after that, she will go to the Great Lakes.. How often would I be able to see her? I am very proud of her and I know that she will grow up tremendously..My blessings to all! Thank you for your… Continue
Added by LauraB on April 20, 2011 at 5:53am —
my son told me 2 days ago at the dinner table he wants to join y\the navy.This came out of left field i had no iidea that he was thinking this. I have been crying non stop for these same 2 days any help and advice would be greatly appreciated
Added by pamelasue on April 9, 2011 at 10:21pm —
Thank you so much for all the Help and guidance that which you Ladies helped me with.. Here at Navy For Moms.Com You were wonderful.. I Got a Room at the Navy Lodge they were Magnanamous.. Very kind and caring and informative.. Each and everyone did their best to help with anything they could.. I am also thankful to the Nex Corner Store which if you stay at the Navy Lodge you get a card from the Navy Lodge which allows you to make purchases at the corner Nex. That was great cus we were… Continue
Added by Chino's Proud Navy Mom on March 20, 2011 at 11:18pm —
so...my son passed at meps...now he is just waiting to get a call from his recruiter about a "job"...how long does this take? he doesnt even know what job they are looking for at this point...he wanted air/rescue diver...but we are pretty sure his color blindness rules him out for this...i just don't understand any of this...what if he gets stuck doing something he doesnt want to do? will they make sure that he is placed in something that interests him? are they just gonna call him up one… Continue
Added by Ann on March 12, 2011 at 1:05am —
Prayers for all affected by the massive earthquake in Japan today and the oncoming tsunamis.
Sending special prayers for our Navy personnel and their families in Japan and Hawaii.
Added by seadreamstudio MM Nuke on March 11, 2011 at 10:29am —
No, im not a mom, im almost 18 here in a few weeks, and i am thinking about joining the Navy. I have had my mother talk with my recruiter & am having my dad talk to my recruiter here in the next few days. I have a few questions, over all im just scared about boot camp & really wish i could talk to a girl about their experiences, so please help if you can!
Added by xrayyrayyx on March 5, 2011 at 4:00pm —
Today is the beginning of a new chapter for me. My youngest son left today for Navy Boot Camp. He was so excited and I so tried to keep that stiff upper lip for him. But like most moms, I cried and its only been 3 hours since he left and I am so missing him.
Added by Lamarmama 09/139 on February 16, 2011 at 4:49pm —
Yesterday was the beginning of this huge journey for my daughter. We went in and signed the parental consent form. Now, she will go to MEPS next week. This is such an exciting time for her. I do keep asking her everyday, "are you sure this is what you want to do?" and "have you changed your mind yet?". But I know that her answers will "yes" and "no". Especially since she is passing up a dream of hers to go to the college she has wanted to and planned to go to for 4 years for nursing. And… Continue
Added by Mooselover (GW Mom) on February 1, 2011 at 12:19pm —
I attended my son's PIR this past Friday and wanted to share my experience:
First may I say that I have found the ultimate car service from this site. His name is John Spadaro but he goes by the name Sarge. He picked us up at the O'Hare airport and only charged $48 to the Ramada Inn (I hear the going rate is close to 100 bucks). He drove us around all weekend and even drove us to PIR for free. He also introduced us to the best places to eat at a reasonable price. What… Continue
Added by Cat(Mom of an AO) on January 25, 2011 at 4:25pm —
Hi everybody, I'm really glad I found this site to talk and let out my concerns, or questions, my son is in the first of 6 months overseas, this is his first, and I sometimes miss him soo much, but then I think how much he wanted to do this, and we have no choice but to be proud and grateful and pray for their safety, and safe return. Continue
Added by Kiki's mom on December 30, 2010 at 8:20pm —
Here is a discussion with lots of useful information on PIR.
I have summarized information on where to stay:
From Andie3 on December 14, 2010 Continue
We stayed at the Country Inn and…
Added by BunkerQB on December 30, 2010 at 1:04am —
I'm of course very new to all of this, but I would like to say that I am getting so much good information from everyones blogs. I do have some questions though. My first one is, what does PIR stand for. Like I said, I'm new. I'm doing better each day emotionally, but I still have my moments. My son left on Monday, Dec. 13th and I'm starting to get anxious for the form letter, the date of graduation, etc. I thought that yesterday was going to be the worst. It was his 19th birthday. … Continue
Added by Laina on December 16, 2010 at 9:52pm —