I'm new to this website and am so glad to be here. My son got to Great Lakes last night and called me about 12:30 am. He sounded shell shocked. I am missing him so much, but I know he is in good hands. I look forward to participating here and getting to know some other moms who are in the same boat. I have a question. When can we send letters and is there an address to send letters to? Oh, this is going to be hard.
lol..Its great to chat with you today. Your going to do just fine. make sure you join the boot camp moms group until you get a PIR date
Hi Daniela W. My son flew out Friday, March 1st to RTC. He's the baby in the family and now everyone is out of the house and it's waaay to quiet. We really miss him. We finally got a 20 second phone call Friday night at 1930 hours. Like your son, he sounded overwhelmed and tired. Pretty much the same speech as they all give, "I'll call you collect in three weeks, you'll get my box of clothes in nine days" I got to throw in a "how are you, are you okay?" He said he was fine, but had to go...and that was it. Can't wait to hear from him again.
You'll get the box next. Then you'll get the form letter (see sample in the guide). KEEP THIS IN A SAFE PLACE! Don't lose this. After you get the form letter, you'll have an address to mail your letters and you'll know when her graduation date will be. From the Boot Camp Moms group, a bunch of moms/wives/gfs will form a group for members with the same pir date. You will bond with the people in this group for the next 6-8 weeks. There are some awesome veteran members there who will take you from beginning to the end. Be sure to read the stuff in the RTC site and join the PIR Information Reference group when you are getting ready for PIR. Links are ALL in the guide. Good luck.
Please continue to come back let us know how you are doing and pass on any information you like to share with newer newbies.
Well, on my way out the front door to go to work tonight, I almost fell over the "kid in the box!" I didn't have time to open it and really wanted to just be late to work and open it, but I sat it in the house and went on my way. I can't wait to get to it in the morning! Of course it will be a little sad, but it also tells me things are moving right along. Next, the letter....I really wish this website would have been around when my older son went to boot camp. This is a wealth of information and I really appreciate everyone's input.
My son left 2 days ago too and called me last night around the same time give or take 30 minutes. He sounded shell shocked too and to be quite honest I am going to keep mum to him about how i am feeling . I feel terrible and like my heart is breaking and I am proud. Lots of anxiety here. His recruiter should have his address if you call them . I know i have my son's address from since this am . By the way my name is Anna and I am 43 and my son peter is 19 and is going in as corpsman but wants to do air and rescue
I agree you shouldn't relay your feelings to him. They definately don't need to worry about us or what's going on at home. It's going to be rough for awhile, but eight weeks will fly by and before you know it, you'll proudly watch him march out at PIR! I opened my "kid in a box" this morning when I got home from work and I wasn't sad. Cody scribbled "I love you Mom and Dad, Cody" on the inside lid of the box and that just made my day! His clothes were a little stinky from having worn them two days. His cellphone was in his shoe, and there was a packet with all of his paperwork inside. I too am anxious. Until graduation, I will be. I read in here that the address the recruiter has may not be the same as his actual address. They will move after awhile to another location. My son is going in as a Corpsman as well! He wants to go FMF, but we'll see.
Ladies, look at the links Denise posted. There is a ton of info in the survival guide - including sample of your form letter, diagrams links to important site like the Recruit Training Command (their word is the last word on things). Next join the Boot Camp moms group - from here you meet others whose kids are going to graduate on the same date. You and these members will form a PIR group - this will be your place to hang out because you will all be in the same boat, so to speak.
Anxiety - save the anxieties until they get deployed. They are safe and sound and yes, working their buns off.
THEY HAVE A JOB and a future. No need to cry for them. If you are crying for yourself - that's OK. It's called letting go. But don't let this process go on forever.
That is all very true! I am not crying, just missing. As for anxiety, we've had plenty of that with another son that was Navy and a son-in-law that was an Army Ranger for many years and is now a JTAC in the Air National with many deployments that involved some dangerous missions. We are so proud of them all!
My son's been gone for 2 days also, he arrived at Great Lakes Tuesday. Got a call around 9. They can start receiving mail I believe the 3rd week they're there. Your recruiter will be able to supply you with his address to send mail. My son's an only child so the house is so empty now. Hasn't quite hit me yet.
Its great to see a mom with an only child off to Great Lakes. My one and only child (son) leaves for Great Lakes June 7. My house will also be very quiet Im sure. He is sooo excited.