I am a Navy mom and I can tell you that it is difficult during bootcamp to not be able to speak to your child but we made it through and he has now been in for 2 years. I am very proud of him and what the Navy has done for him. Hang in there. You will be two years out before you know it.
I want to share that when my son was in bootcamp, I wrote him letters daily. One of the things that I did for him in his letters is that I wrote a poem of encouragement in each one. I wanted the letters to be meaningful rather than "I am good, your sister and nieces and nephews are good, the rest of the family etc. Although he needed to hear that we were OK. I wanted him to know that he is not alone, how to lead, from his toes up he has this. That was what I focused on.
For graduation, I gave him his book of encouragement and then published it in his honor. If you are interested, you are welcome to copy any of the words of encouragement and send to your recruit. Here is the link
If the link does not post, please feel free to reach out to me and I can help as I have been there and want to support others. I can be e-mailed at email@example.com as names can't be used.
With love, J
Thank you for sharing. It is most inspiring to read how you lived through it. I was thinking of writing to my son every day, but I want to make sure I say what can help him. So I will write three times a week. I will start now so that when I get his address I can mail them right a way.
Again thank you.
comehereyoung (I am originally from France and came in GA on 01/1992)
You are welcome. I still give my son words of encouragement when it hits my heart to do it. (Daily if needed) I am so glad that you are sharing with him. Feel free to reach out to me through my e-mail if you want. I can help write what ever message personally that you want to give him. My personal e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I just send 2 texts messages to my son's cell phone. I send him pictures of the furniture I moved around our house. I know he will not sees it until he got his phone back, but he will see them soon as he get his cell back.
I hope everything goes well for you.