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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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I'm worried I won't hear from my son as he will be stationed in Japan. I'd like to be able to talk with him. Right now we have a cell phone family plan. I know that it will be costly to use. Does anyone know ways that we may keep in touch with him. It would be nice to have cell phone connection.
New to all this overseas thing. : ) Help!!!!!!!!
Join the Japan moms group, this is discussed there often.

His American cell phone will not work in Japan. He will have to buy one there and a plan. However, get webcams for your computers and set up Skype. That is free! He can get internet connection on base at wifi spots, and possibly pay for service in an apartment (pricey).
Not True. Our son is in the Navy and our Daughter is in the AF. Our son is married with 2 children and he calls or skypes at least 2-3 times per week. And not a day goes by that my daughter does not call or text me. And they make every effort to come home when they can. Not near as bad as I thought it would be



SOME parents won't hear from their sailors very often.


My son began writing in boot camp, and called when they could. He called a frequently while he was in A-school, and I could call him, but the letters stopped. He isn't a writer.


Then he was stationed in Japan, and the calls stopped. I KNOW his ship has phones and email, the wives and mothers of his shipmates (in the ship's N4M group)  get regular calls and emails from their sailors, even when they're out to sea.


Even when he's in port, he rarely calls. He's too busy with the Navy and his own life. Knowing him, I am pretty certain I know exactly what he's doing (holed up with his computer and video games). He called once while he was on a 4-month deployment, then again right before his next deployment. He hasn't been in port enough (less than one month in the last 7) to make a cell phone worth it, so I can't call him.


I don't hear from him at all when he's at sea. I asked him about email, and he said it was too much bother to get his password and Navy email address, too much bother to go through the security briefing for it, too much bother to wait in line for the ship's phones, and too poor call quality on those phones. Basically, he's being a brat.


My brother-in-law went two years without calling his mom, she eventually contacted the Red Cross (he transferred and she didn't know where to), and he called - from the CO's office. My husband wasn't much better, he also didn't contact his mom very often. They had their own lives, and she was no longer part of it.


It really depends on your sailor. The Navy offers plenty of ways to keep families in contact. But they can't force a sailor to use them. If your sailor isn't calling, writing, emailing, or even facebooking at least a few times a month, blame the sailor, not the Navy.

My daughter just received her orders to leave in Oct. after  A school.  She will be going to Japan for three years. I now feel like I wont be able to hear from her very much let alone see her. Her cell phone wont reach that far. I was told new enlistee's won't get sent that far in the beginning for that long, which simply wasn't the truth. I am either listening to the wrong people or have been lied to. I guess I am just disappointed in Florida  .
My sr has been in GL for 4 wks, only one short letter, at first I thought no news is good news, but now I'm worried, oh how I miss him, hoping he is ok, maybe his DIV just lagging a little so just haven't got the reward of a call or even writing?
Oh thank you so much, we are from a very small town in the Dakotas, wont say exactly where, but we'll say his plane ride to GL was his first, you did set my mind at ease, he is one tough kid, on the inside that is, well anyways. Thanx so much, I miss his cooking! And cleaning!, some lady will be lucky to have him one day, yup I just read up on letter writing, I have sent oh about 8 letters, but never thought of writing. Bout those things!, thx


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