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When should I expect my first phone call?

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The first call you might receive is at about the third week into training. Might receive is the key. Phone calls are never given although one at about three weeks is usual. Always look forward to a call, but never expect one. Keep your phone close all the time, and answer every call. A call from your recruit may come from Pay Phone, Gov't Phone, area code 847, or many other area codes.

Thank you. I would have never imagined this to be so hard and I feel like only those who have gone through or are going through can understand . It’s just just a mixture of emotions flooding my being and my stomach has a constant knot that won’t go away. gets better. My son left 3 weeks ago, I haven't cried that much in a long time and at the drop of the hat. He didn't have alot to say when he was living at home...but I could always get a hold of him when I wanted. Now I am at the mercy of the Navy and it is difficult at best. We missed the arrival at BC call...and the box was the first we heard from him (no messages tho ...just clothes). About a week later we got the form letter on Monday with a little note in the corner of a page. Then a really great 2 page letter on Wednesday the same week, that seemed very optimistic and positive. Then this past Sat am we got a call (from a pay phone 847 area code), we spoke for 40 mins but his tone was a little down - he was sick; rec'd a live virus...everyone is ill there, on top of all the other demands on them...he never said he was home sick, but he missed his bed and the dogs (and I am sure the comforts of home). So much for the parents, haha.
As soon as you get the form letter with the address, send him letters. Check out the Sandboxx app...I really like it and he seems to like it too. I send him a few thing via usps, but have been sending a letter or two via Sandboxx per week (there is a fee but the SRs are there for 8 weeks and to me it is nominal). Try and take a deep breath...I am crying less and trying to stay distracted, keep writing your lettters and stay positive and upbeat even if they are in does get I hear. Welcome to the helps to hear others stories because they are relatable. Hope this helps...
Thanks Susan that helps a lot! I just wish time would move a little faster these days !!
Leah-I think it will be one of the longest 8 weeks of our lives. Anticipate that it will be more difficult once they are deployed...I guess that's why the pages are here...for us, so we don't lose our sanity.
That sounds really good!!
Thanks for the responses !

My son left March 12. I have been an emotional roller coaster since and just wanted to say thank you for sharing it is really relatable and more helpful than I ever imagined!!!

My son also left for GL boot camp on March 12. I got the call that night that he arrived safely. It was like 30 seconds long and sounded so "mechanical"  I received another call from him on Monday, he informed me that he had a division change and  that his graduation date was May 10. I'm yet to receive the formal letter with his address though. I got it from his recruiter today since I was not able to write down what he told me. 

Hello, I am new to this group and the military thing. My son graduated college and decided to join the Navy. He left on March 27th and I received my mechanical phone call very early on the 28th. I know he will do fine; as this is what he wanted, but I miss him terribly. I can’t wait for the next call.


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