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Some parents fear they won’t hear from their kids in the Navy very often.

Misconception? Truth? I know in boot camp sometimes conversation from them is limited, but what about after boot camp?

"Some parents fear they won’t hear from their kids in the Navy very often."

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Hi, does anyone know why our emails are returning or son serves on the USS George Washington and the last time this happened was when they had the fire.

Please let me know if you here anything.

I wished I knew how to find things out better. If you have suggestions please let me know.

Thank you.

Is he deployed? When they are deployed, they aren't always in communication range. So the emails, both outgoing and incoming, pile up in a filter/server. If it fills up, newer emails can get dropped. When they do get a signal, large emails with attachments that use a lot of bandwidth may be dropped. They are not allowed to use personal computers at sea and share access to the PCs. Also, my friend told me the emails sent from the ship are screened for OPSEC and are not very private.
My son is new to the George Washington. He just got to Japan November 10, 2008. Does not receiving emails have to do with when they are out some where? Right now since the ship is in Yokosuka I talk to my son on the phone and by email. What happens when they go out to sea? Are there times when they couldn't receive emails for security reasons? This is all new to me. I'm just glad to see someone else that has a son on the USS George Washington. Sorry I can't answer your questions. Maybe we can keep each other posted if we find out anything.
Hi Claudia,

Sorry about the late response....haven't been on the site. I haven't heard from my son at all....not since I received a short email on Jan 6. Have no idea what is going on but it is very hard. Birthday just passed and mother's day today and not a word. Let me know if you hear anything. My son is an E3 or E4 not sure which. Happy Mother's Day
When my son was in boot camp, I heard from him twice...once when he got there and once when he was getting ready for graduation. Afterwards, I started hearing from him on a regular basis. The "sailorization" process is very hard on the recruits as is, it's also hard on the parents if they hear from them constantly during boot camp.

Not to mention how to make phone calls for 1,200 plus recruits on a weekly basis?
True in my case. I only hear from my son on Christmas and my Birthday. He has been in 3 1/2 yrs. and is currently stationed in Hawaii and hasn't been home in 2 yrs. He is married now and this past June had a son. We NEVER get pictures of the baby (our 1st gradbaby) or updates on how he or the baby are doing. Didn't even receive a card for Christmas. My son & I were very close when he left for the Navy. I know a lot of sailors get married while in the Navy but I just think they are too young and immature to get married at such a young age. I know that I'm probably in the minority, but , had to let you know. :(

I wonder what happens to them. This is so upseting to hear and I am sorry for you. I haven't heard from my son either and my birthday was 5/5 and today is mother's day. So strange. Happy Mother's Day.

It's true that while they are at Boot Camp you won't hear much. A phone call or two and a few letters. How ever, once they are in A school you can talk to them pretty much every day. My son was in Pensacola and had his cell phone there so we talked a lot. That's what kept me going. Now, he's in Japan and I still talk to him almost every day. There are phones there for them to use that don't cost us. He also got a phone when he got there so days that he can't get to the Rec Center he can use his cell phone. I'm sure when the ship leaves port it will be different but for now it's great. It's the next best thing since I can't see him every day.
I haven't heard from my son since he took his christmas break in bangkok. It is very hurtful as I know he was in Norfolk for some training....found out from my niece who he contacted on facebook. Does anyone know why an ET3 would go to Norfolk for training. I am beside my self and really worried as we didn't have a fight....and I just hope he isn't in trouble
Wow Karen! You are truly lucky to have your son stationed only 2 hours away!
I cannot believe it has been nearly a year since my son left for BC... those first few weeks were difficult. He wasn't allowed to call often and one day that he actually had 40 minutes to spend on phone calls, his wife and I were out to brunch with our phones on silent when he first tried calling. I am still feeling awful about that. :(
We have been able to stay in touch several times per week since he left BC. He is living in Virginia Beach now, training as a Riverine. I miss him terribly, but it does help that I am able to hear his voice often. I'm not sure how I will do on his first deployment. Then again, I thought I would never survive him being at BC. We are stronger than we realize.
I have been impressed and pleasantly surprised by the Navy and the processes that are in place to keep families updated and informed while the sailors are deployed. We get an regular newsletter via email from the Ombudsman that gives us updates and family news. It also includes information from the CO about the importance of the job they are doing and what they are looking forward to. These newsletters help us stay connected and feel like we are part of the Navy family. I also get information from which has photos and news stories every day-I am constantly checking for any news about my son's ship and what they are doing. He calls or emails when he's in port-which is not that much different from his college days, except we can't pick up the phone and call him.
Here it is Mother's Day and not a word. How did you get on the mailing list for the Ombudsman


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