My son leaves for a hotel near MEPS on the 19th, goes to MEPS on the 20th and then goes to the airport to go to BC. We went to MEPS when he entered into the DEP program a few months ago. I'm trying to decide if I want to say my goodbyes to him at our home before the recruiter takes him to the hotel or if I want to drive in horrible traffic the next day for 2 hours and see the swearing in again. I feel like if it's anything like the 1st swearing in, I will barely get to see him but at the same time I don't want him to be the only person with no family if everyone else is going. He doesn't care, he's just excited to leave but I'm a mess and probably overthinking the whole thing. Any advise?
My nephew begged us not to go to the swearing in. I think its an emotional thing for them, and for some people it may be worse having family watching. You have to do what you feel is right.
I'm leaning towards not going to MEPS because I barely saw him the last time he went yet I was there for about 4 hours. Then on the other hand, will I regret not having those moments. I swear I'll need therapy before this over ;)
momof3, you've gotten good advice. Do what feels right to you.
I put some info on your My Page that will help you to know what to expect after he ships.
You are very welcome.
My son said he does NOT want us to go despite the fact that his dad and I took the day off work for this. We are going to say goodbye today and he will do hotel tonight and MEPS tomorrow and then the van ride to GL. We will look forward to his 5 second phone call Monday night. When he swore in in March he said there were a few family members hanging around saying their final goodbyes to those leaving, however he thought nothing worth seeing. I think you may be disappointed in the send off from MEPS, unless you really want that picture in front of the flag.
Thank you. As of right now, I'm not going to MEPS. We have the pictures from the first time so that's not a necessity and my son has said he doesn't think I should go because he may only be there a short time. I'll know more tonight after he speaks to his recruiter one last time. I want to be excited for him but right now I'm just so stinking sad.