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Hello everyone, (anyone!!! lol)

I was a reluctanct Navy mom.  I didn't want my only child to join the service. Thus far, the experience has been promising. My son went to The Great Lakes, where he was Yeoman for the duration of boot camp, ranked up to E3, and was nominated recruit of his division. He completed A-school there as well. He's now an EM.  He scored nuke level on his asvabs (sp).  He took and passed a test while on the ship too. I am very proud of my son.

He has been very happy during this time, especially during bootcamp. I'm not so sure about being on a ship though.  He made port in Singapore where he celebrated his 20th birthday!!! I welcome the opportunity for my son to see the world and be educated. No doubt about it.

However, I'm going to be honest. I worry when I don't hear from him.  I feel powerless to have my son in the hands of our government (I love my country and am proud to be a natural born citizen). I just worry.  What if something goes wrong and I wont' know about it for months?  What other forms of communication is there? I'm afraid if something happens I won't able to get to my son. And, Military courts scare the crap out of me! Seriously.

I have a job (a good one), a dog (chihuahua), and have signed up to run a 13 mile marathon (Yes really).  I'll get a man eventually.  I just want to know what I should do in the event of an emergency.  And God willing, that won't happen.

Advice please...

Thanks.

Blake's mom, Loy

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Skype and facebook are good ways to stay in contact with your Sailor. Yes, there will be weeks when you won't hear anything, but if something bad were to happen you would hear. In the Navy, "No news is good news!"

Check your My Page.

Thank you.

I heard only navy email was allowed. No social media.

Yes, while he is underway, he will only be able to email except when he is in areas where Skype and facebook are allowed.

Ok. Thanks. 

He did mention that.

I'm going to mail him something for the holidays. Mostly family pics, no glitter. Just straight forward stuff.

Maybe some chocolate.

Thank you.

That's great. Remember he may not get it until after the new year by mailing this late. Chocolate is not always a good idea, but if you put it in a zip bag it may make it without getting on other things in the package if it melts and then hardens again.

Check your My Page. The info is there now.

Awesome. Thank you.

I was worried it would be late too.  I feel so bad!!! 

 

Don't feel bad. He will get it when he gets it. I'm sure that he knows he is loved and that you are thinking of him and praying for him.

What's "underway"??? lol

Out to sea.

Wonderful. Thank you!!! ;-)

Have a good evening.

 

And in a serious family emergency, lets not forget the American Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org/find-help/military-families/emergency-commu...

Always keep his social security number duty station (ships/port) to give to Red Cross if you have a family emergency and need to get hold of him.  I keep my sons info in my phone book under his name not my cell one.

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