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Yesterday was a hard day for me and our family. We went to Ft. Jackson in Columbia and watched our " young man " swear into the Navy. It was the hardest thing I as a mother have ever done, to turn and walk away after I hugged, kissed him, and told him how proud I was of him and that I loved him. Then I got the last call last night around 10 pm, telling me he was in Chicago and fine and that he loved us. Tears streamed down my face as I held the phone after he hung up, knowing I could not hear his voice for a while. Oh the Pride I have but the emotional roller coaster is crazy. I feel his presence with me, and I know he feels us there with him, pushing him and telling him how Proud we are.

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MM on April 19, 2017 at 10:56am

Hang in there!  And be sure to join the boot camp group:

http://navyformoms.ning.com/group/bootcampmoms

Comment by navyboyzrus03 on April 19, 2017 at 8:57pm
Our son left yesterday out of NC. He is our second son and our second sailor. But it was not any easier. I was like you crying like a baby. But they will take good care of them and of each other. As we moms will take care of each other as well. Please if you need a shoulder to cry on or to vent to reach out to me. I know what this roller coaster ride feels. Like and to have someone in the sit next to you make a huge difference. Prayers for our boys. Hooyah. Navy mom hugs
Comment by Mjh363 on April 19, 2017 at 9:13pm

Can't say it gets easier.  Mine left on 2/27 and has PIR on 4/28.  I miss him every minute of every day.  I still get tears in my eyes when I think of how proud of him I am.  I'm beginning to wonder if these leaky eyes will ever stop.  Time does go faster though when you start getting his letters once a week.  I write him every day and he's happy I do.  So write him often.  That also helps.  Can't wait to see him in a week!

Comment by Lesleigh on April 19, 2017 at 11:17pm
Our son left yesterday too!
Comment by Jadore105 on April 19, 2017 at 11:28pm
All of this is very overwhelming. My son left 4/7 to the Great Lakes area and he is in ship 6 Div 176. By far one of the hardest thing I ever experienced
Comment by lemonelephant on April 20, 2017 at 2:32am

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in April. You will meet others with loved ones who left this week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.

Comment by AZ2OH2IL2UT on April 22, 2017 at 9:55pm

Our son left on Thursday as well. We didn't receive the, "I'm here" phone call. 

Comment by lemonelephant on April 22, 2017 at 10:25pm

AZ2OH2IL2UT, sorry you didn't receive the call. Did he take a cell phone with him? If he did, perhaps it's battery was out or perhaps he called someone else. If he didn't, then he would have had to borrow one from another recruit to make the call and some don't do that. See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

Comment by AZ2OH2IL2UT on April 22, 2017 at 11:27pm

lemonelephant, He did have his cell phone. He let us know which number he would call when he got to GL, so we kept that phone next to us all night. His battery could have died since he was hadn't charged his phone since 4 am Thursday morning. I'm sure he wouldn't have borrowed someone's phone either. He probably figured that since he sent me a text earlier in the evening letting me know he arrived at Chicago that I would be assured that he would arrive at GL shortly. It is still a tad unsettling. I will be able to check his cell to see when his phone was shut down and such once I get the box. I know that no news can also be good news. Thank you for your support through this time. It is greatly appreciated.

Comment by lemonelephant on April 22, 2017 at 11:40pm

AZ2OH2IL2UT, some get to make a make-up call if they didn't make the "I'm here!" call, but not all are offered it. Yes, all is well for him.

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