My son leaves for bootcamp July 30. He is 17 yrs old and about to graduate H.S.
I have learned tons on this web site, but whenever I try to share anything with him, he says I worry to much and he doesn't want to hear it. He is such a "Wing it" kind of guy, and I am a type A, be prepared type of mom. I saved on my computer the whole PDF that I found on here that has the play-by-play of bootcamp. He doesn't want to read it.
Anyone else have this problem? I am reading discussions on ADHD and retainers and I can't even remember what else. And yes, some worry me. I try to just bring up the topic lightly with my son so as not to get him worried, but he doesn't even want to talk about it.
I really love the bootcamp videos. He saw the first one at the recruiters but doesn't want to see the rest. I think he would do better if he had more info so he's not quite as surprised when he gets there. He has been in NJROTC in HS so he has more info maybe than some others, but still.....
So, should I just read and keep my big mouth shut?
Thanks for advice moms...
Just keep reading. He'll be getting a first hand view of BC pretty soon and many future Sailors just don't want to know everything ahead of time, but do make sure you have discussed the things within Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., especially handling bad news and who he plans to invite to PIR. Suggest he join http://www.navydep.com to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him to some good links on there. It is important for him to be studying his DEP START Guide and working out--at least running--because those who have been working out are less likely to be injured than those who have not and injuries can cause a recruit to be set back in training (ASMO'd) or separated.
Thanks for the info!
You are very welcome.
My son was similar he wasn't really interested in anything I had to say about what to expect at bootcamp. I did read him some of the funny things like how to simulate ship life at home. I did trick him in to reading the boot camp day by day not long before he left by showing it to his girlfriend.
Don't think he wont be prepared though, if he has been in NJROTC he is probably more prepared than most of the SR's that will be there with him.
Try not to be overly worried. For me the time leading up to BC was the hardest I felt like my son wasn't doing enough to prepare but he did great. And after BC he said they have a 98% graduation rate
I am not a worrier by nature, but somehow for this, I do worry. I need to get over it!
LOL! Wow! Is this my wife? That sounds so incredibly like my son. He said he wanted to be "surprised" by what's to come. I kept sending him videos to watch and he kept deleting them. I tried printing out and going over the things he'd have to learn like his general orders and sailors creed and he wanted to learn it with everyone else.
The answer is, don't worry about him. He'll be just fine. I'm a be prepared type just like you, but he's not. So, if he has to do more pushups or situps because he doesn't learn his stuff right away, it won't kill him.
The answer to you is, just read and keep your mouth shut. While you have the need to know in advance, he doesn't.
Thanks, "dad"! I'm glad I'm not alone in this!