Congratulations for your son to make a great decision and to you also on being a survivor, keep strong!! I am a huge supporter fundraising for the cure. I wish the best to you. I like to share with you a little of what we went thru. Our son just graduated last Friday, April 3, 2015. And I must say, it is the best feeling ever seeing him there with his uniform all standing tall. I am so proud of him. During boot camp, it was not easy at all. It was the longest 9 weeks ever. It’s a transition in progress and I am still trying to deal with it day by day. It was tough saying goodbye all over again on Saturday when he left for A school. But I must tell you that you, you have to stay strong for you and for him. I wrote letters to him every day and every day he got a letter from me. When he finally was able to call me, he told me that my letters was the only thing keeping him going. He might hate it at the beginning, and he might be “Home Sick” for at least the first 5 weeks. But you have to support him every time he calls be strong listen to him encourage him to be strong and don’t let no one get to him. They will be intimidated people but its all scare tactics. We told our son any time he felt like he could not take it anymore to go see the Chaplin and seek advise. I told him to pray a lot and ask God for a lot of strength. He had a hard time passing the first RUN test but I did a lot of research and send him articles on how to stay strong and it worked. He was so thankful and proud of what he accomplished and Now all I can say is that Our home feels empty without him. We just got home from Great Lakes on Sunday and it hit me, first Easter without our son at home, I’ve cried and cried, but we text and he called last night and was telling me he is happy where he is now, he has a room mate a nicer bed and more privacy. He has his cell so that he can text and call home and also a laptop so we can skype. Like I said it’s a transition and a day to day process but in the end, I am very, very proud of him. Hope this helps and Good Luck to you!
That is great at least you heard his voice on the machine, I hope, you will get another call soon and you can write to him, awesome
Don't send any more letters until you get The Form Letter. Ten days after arrival is still the average time to receive The Form Letter. Some with recruits who arrived on 30 March received their form letter today. Yours will be coming soon. Why wait to send more letters??
1. The PAO at the RTC asks that loved ones wait on the form letter before mailing letters. See http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/fam_guide.asp.
2. The recruiter does not always give the right address and letters that do not have the correct address may be returned or may be delayed several weeks in getting to your recruit since it will not be a high priority for those in the mail room to look up the correct information.
3. Even if you do have the correct information, your recruit will not receive letters that are mailed before receiving the form letter much quicker, if at all, than letters mailed after receiving the form letter because recruits do not receive mail until they are in their permanent ship and a Recruit Mail Petty Officer is trained. The first Mail Call is on day 1-3 or 1-4 DOT.
Note: If it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at http://bootcamp.navy.mil/contact_recruit.asp or Ship/Division--How it Works.
crying here with you my daughter arrived in boot camp last night. we should be proud of them. lets try and stay strong