Just thought I'd share this with everyone.... My SR had his 7 day meeting at the recruiters this AM. As he sold his car at the weekend I had to take him and go back for him. When I got there he wasn't ready so I went into the recruiters to wait for him. Upon entering the recruiters clapped and cheered me! I was a little nervous at first - not sure where this was going. Apparently they had asked my son how I was coping and if he was keeping me informed. To which he replied "I don't need to keep her informed - she knows more than I do about BC and PIR because she's a member of Navyformoms.com". The recruiters then quizzed me on a couple of things and I was able to answer their questions. It was all light hearted of course but after we left the recruiters I took my SR for lunch and he told me over lunch that he was very proud of me for getting myself "in-the-know"!
Thanks to everyone for all the very valuable information.
HI MY SON LEFT ON SEPT 24 FOR BOOT CAMP IN GREAT LAKES. DID EVERYONE LEAVE AT THAT TIME.
awesome Mom !!!!
I have a question for all you 'experienced' mamas :) When you SR went to BC did you get medical and financial power of attorney for your SR? Does the recruiter give us the forms or do we need to meet with a legal aid ourselves? I have until Feb. before Elias leaves but I want to get all my ducks in a row so I can just cry and not 'worry' any more than I need too :)
No, the recruiter will not give you the forms.
You must decide for yourself if you need a power of attorney.
I didn't need a regular POA form for my now Sailor while he was at BC because he didn't have any bills that I would need to speak with a creditor about, or a car that I would need to take care of, or taxes due at that time. I did need a POA to sign his state tax form the January after his PIR because I needed to file that one for him and he did a limited POA so I could do that. I recently needed a limited POA (obtained from the License Bureau and Notarized for free there as well) to sell my daughter's car while she is not in the area. We would have been able to Title my Sailor's car differently if I had had a POA when I was his "agent" when he purchased a car this summer; since I didn't have one, I am a joint owner rather than TOD owner as he had wanted. You need to look at the POA form and see if there are situations covered that would apply to you and your future Sailor and if not, you may not need one--at least not during BC.
You can print and use the General POA as is at http://www.navydep.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1596 and there is a place for it to be Notarized.
I have not needed a medical POA because my Sailor has never been seriously injured or sick, but if he had been, I would have at least needed the part permitting me to receive medical information, which he would be able to sign at the hospital without a medical POA if he were alert, but not if he were incapacitated. This one is sort of like an insurance policy, you may have it, but you hope you never need to use it. I didn't know about a Medical Power of Attorney prior to his shipping off to BC.
http://www.expertlaw.com/library/estate_planning/medical_power_of_a... has a Medical Power of Attorney form. There are lots of free forms on the web.
Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor
Leaves for the RTC (clickable link), for other things to do as it gets closer to the ship date.
I was told something similar by my future sailor's recruiter :) He was asking parents if there were any questions and said to me, "I know you don't, you're on Navyformoms, you could probably tell me a few things" :D
My Son's Recruiter told me she wished other Parents were as informed as I was. She said she knew that I had researched everything. She even asked me questions... lol
Awesome! I had that same experience. Since I am sending the next one to RTC and the same recruiters, they just look at me and say, you know how this goes...lol!
I feel the same way. I have found more useful information on this site, than my Seaman Apprentice daughter and my Navy veteran husband.