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Delayed Entry Program ( DEP )

Delayed Entry Program ( DEP ) - A program that allows you to join the Navy but not report for active duty for up to a year later.

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What is the average wait time from oath to Bootcamp?

Started by Karl Goetze. Last reply by Karl Goetze May 5, 2017. 3 Replies

Proud Dad with nervous daughter in DEP

Started by Wade Wilson. Last reply by Gail May 18, 2015. 3 Replies

New Navy Dad with an Excited Son!

Started by Jeff Lawson. Last reply by Anastasia Harrison Feb 10, 2015. 1 Reply

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Comment by Phil Halmers on April 28, 2017 at 7:40pm

Hi all-My 2nd son just finished at MEPS yesterday.  He's scheduled to ship August 28.  A little nervous that he's going in Undesignated but we will have to see if that somehow changes between now and Aug.  My oldest finished his 4yr active duty as a CTT and is now in the reserves as an MA.  Its amazing how different the experience has been since 2011. 

Comment by John H'ausen on September 8, 2015 at 8:14pm

My second son just enlisted today, goes to RTC 6 Feb.  Rating: HM.  Other son has been in a year, rating: IS.

Comment by Chuck McCann on August 19, 2015 at 3:11pm

DEP portion of the pipeline to AIRR is almost over. Our son ships out on Sept. 8th!

Comment by Chuck McCann on June 26, 2015 at 9:59am

Frank, if he works hard and get's the swim time and strokes down (along with run, push ups, etc) he'll get the contract. My son was told there weren't any contracts available for AIRR at the time he took his initial PST but they managed to have on in his hand the next week anyway. Is he doing weekly training with the Spec OPS DEP program? If not, talk to his recruiter about that. They actually train three days a week in our area, but as long as they're squared away they only need to be at one per week. Id recommend they attend all if they're looking for SEAL or SWCC contracts, but Divers and AIRR can get away with one. IF THEY"RE SQUARED AWAY. Of course, if they have the option for every training period, that's best for any future sailor. 

Comment by Frank Gordoa on June 25, 2015 at 4:08pm
My son ships out for bootcamp Sept 28,2015 unless he gets a Diver contract. Right now he has an Aircrewman contract.
Comment by Chuck McCann on December 8, 2014 at 9:51am

He got his contract for Aviation Rescue Swimmer. We're really proud of him, he worked hard to qualify and knocked it out of the park. Now the real work begins.

Comment by Chuck McCann on December 3, 2014 at 11:38am

Thanks for all of the feedback. Right now he's focusing on Aviation Rescue Swimmer. He did his PST yesterday with the local Spec Ops Mentor and he was at the head of the pack. He did well nough to Auto Qualify they're just trying to see if any contracts open up, as technically there are none available right now. Either way the recruiter (who is also a Rescue Swimmer) and the mentor are confident that he will get a contract and a new RTC start date. It's just a matter of when. I'm proud of him and I think he's making the right decision for now. If he decides down the road that he wants to give SWCC or BUDS a go, we'll support him.

Comment by John F Swibes on November 17, 2014 at 11:20pm

Hi Chuck,  I thought I would give a bit of an update.  As Paul rightly pointed out the mental aspect is vital.  But your son should take this to heart.  First, if he has been viewing the SEAL Class 234 videos he should know, that is not today's BUDs.  It's now all about the boat.  Of course SWCC will not be BUDs but I would think its not too far distant.  One rumor making the rounds is that about a year ago the NSWC settled on a preferred body type.  He should question his recruiter about this.  The other point is he should give some real thought to the huge "what if".  He needs to understand that there is only so much room at the tip of the spear and going special anything and NOT making it leaves him without a Rate and at the mercy of the available job lottery.    Good luck to your son.

Comment by Chuck McCann on November 7, 2014 at 1:21pm
I hear you. I'm an Army vet myself, I remember the "WTH am I doing here phase". In all honesty, I have zero concern for his mental or physical preparedness though. I'm not the kind of dad who praises my son for mediocrity, he has truly earned my pride on his accomplishments. This is a kid who is awake at 4:30 AM for 1,000 meter swim before school every day which is followed by football practice, followed by running, followed by lifting, followed by coaching a 7th grade football team. On his one day off from coaching, he's in the gym training MMA (three days a week in the off season). And all of this activity has been by his own accord. So I know he can handle it, the ball of course will be in his court, but I cant imagine him washing out. My worry comes from the combat role of SWCC. I know he's preparing for combat in any role, but SWCC just scares the hell out of me as a parent.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 7, 2014 at 12:55pm

more than that - he needs to prepare mentally as that is a bigger hurdle than any of the physical demands..............


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