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my daughter leaves feb 4 and I am wondering about departure-should we take her to MEPS and say good byes there and how long would we be there before she flies out to GL?Thanks for any insight!

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My son ships out for boot camp tomorrow. We are taking him to MEPS tonight. We were told he would spend the night in the hotel then fly out sometime the next day.

Hello dmj;

When my son left for Boot Camp, we were able to go down the night before and spend dinner with him. Then the next day, we were able to see his swearing in and then it was a quick goodbye. Kinda of like ripping off a band aid.  But from what I have read from others, each MEPS can be different. So I would talk to her recruiter. Another bit of advice I would give you with her leaving in Feb. Have her running now and do the physical aspects. It seemed when my kiddo went through (His PIR was 10/11/19) that it was the physical part that held up people the fastest. So if she is practice to get up to where see needs to be it will be a cake walk once she gets to Boot Camp. 

thank you for the info-I wish she would take the getting in shape more seriously-she is finally running in the 18 minutes-thought she would never get to that!keeping my fingers crossed!

Hi dmj, I'll fill you in on my experience because it may be significantly different from others and it didn't match what his recruiters told me (I don't assume anything about that, they were great all along).

I don't know when your daughter signed up, but my son did back the beginning of June, qualified for Nuc and was given a ship date of 27 January. A few weeks ago he was told it may come earlier, then last Monday, 25 Novemer, at his face to face at 1000 he was told he had clearance and given the option to leave the next day or the following. He ultimately said yes, left the office to spend some time with me and prepare. They told him they would call later with further orders. By 1430 when we hadn't yet heard from them, we assumed it would be Wednesday when he left, however at 1515, they called and asked him to return to the office an hour later. So at 1615, we went back into the office for some final paperwork and then he left for the hotel about an hour later. I was not allowed to join him for dinner.

I was told by the recruiters I would have a couple hours with him before he left town the next morning, however that turned out not to be the case. Instead, shortly after 1000, he was sworn in at MEPS but afterward they gave us only about 10 minutes to say our goodbyes before the recruits were taken back inside to finish processing. At 1515, his flight departed to a new life for him, just over 29 hours after getting news he would be shipping out 2 months early after waiting over 5 months.

My advice to you is to take advantage of every moment you have with your daughter because I wish I had spent more quality time with my son before he shipped off 2 months early changing our relationship forever. To say the least, I was a mess...and I keep running home each afternoon for the mail but still haven't received my letter

I also agree with NavyMomofJM about exercising beforehand. My son would have probably died had he not been doing some training in advance and since I haven't received news of that happening, I figure he's suffering, but not to the extent he would have been had he not been so diligent about improving his fitness in advance.

p.s. Sorry for the length of this post!

thank you for your advice and my thoughts are with you as you are going through this difficult transition-keep the faith and I hope you hear from your son soon!


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