First of all don't freak out!. After the first week or so passes you will receive a box with the clothes and shoes they wore to boot camp. They are not allowed to have or use a cell phone or computer. You will receive a card with their address on it. If you don't get this within 2 weeks contact the recruiter and he'll get it for you. Once you have the address send letters as often as you can. Pictures are always wanted by the recruit too. They normally will get only one day a week to write back so don't expect a letter in return everyday. Don't send cards that sing or talk to them. The instructors like to make recruits sing and dance to them in front of everyone lol. Keep yourself busy doing things. You're going to cry of course and miss them like crazy but in the end your pride in them takes over all. I am a navy and air force mom as well as an air force wife. It's a hard life but at the same time the best of lives there is in my opinion.
my sailor leaves today fro a hotel for 2 days for training, she says. is this normal?
I'm confused by why she would be staying in a hotel for 2 days of training? The only time they stay at a hotel is the night before they go to MEPS for the physical and choosing a rate and then again the night before leaving for Great Lakes.
Well, maybe it's the physical and choosing a rate. She's very angry at her dad for refusing to discuss her decision to join the Navy. She said she signed up already, and I've seen on N4M that it's a ceremony that parents are invited to, but she didn't ask us to come, in fact she did it while we were out of town at my husbands company picnic. I'm just worried that she may be being naive. She left yesterday afternoon, and will be home today.
Thanks, Lady Hamilton,
I do hope she really likes it and is happy with her decision. Thanks for the info, maybe I didn't miss it then, she said she goes to boot camp in November. We did tell her she has to put her affairs in order before she goes, so she gave her hamster to her younger sister, is boxing up her things in her room, and trying to decide what to do about her car. We told her we would make the payments on it and the insurance till she gets her pay. She doesn't want to talk about anything with us now, since her dad rashly said he didn't want to discuss her enlisting.
It was the physical, thanks! She just found out she won't be leaving in November. Now it's January for boot camp, although she says it may change again. I think she should get a job now, since it will be so long before she leaves. She decided to keep her car.
Thanks Pooks! I probably will still freak out, but it does make me feel better hearing from other parents. Thanks for the advice about the singing cards. I probably would have sent one! Now I sure won't!!
Thanks, lemonelephant. I just joined the leaving for bootcamp in Nov. group. I already checked out the New members and joined moms of Navy daughters. I will tell my SR about the DEP group.
My son had to spend the night in Seattle for his physical and testing. they didn't have anyone to take him from the recruit office in the morningnso they took him and he stayed with some other kids over night funded by the Navy so they could get through the physical and testing.
One thing...if she signed up on her own she can't blame you when she gets to feeling a little home sick in boot camp. Please support her decision. she will get a great education if she used the tools available to her through her enlistment.. my son is on week 6 of boot camp. he is playing the game: study, do PT the best you can and past the tests. It has been a humbling time for him. yes he is a bit home sick but he is focused on the end result. He will schooled and either make the Navy his job or get a better job by being inthe Navy. realistically the job market isn't that great and College was too much money at the time. PIR for us in two weeks. We are proud of all the kids that make this commitment. Can't be prouder to someone who wants to defend his country and get an education too. If it were Marines i may be a little distraught but even so proud. You came to the right place for just about any information you could need.you will find you are not the only mom "freaking out". find that other mom and get to know each other.
Thanks loriM! Lol, yes she can't blame us if she regrets her decision. However, if she does well, she'll be telling her dad "I told you so"! Good luck to your son!