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My Son Leaves for Boot Camp on October 26th! Any more mom's?

Just hoping to hear from mom's who will have to say goodbye to their sons/daughters on October 26th.

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Tyler is on the Reuben James but Division 904. He said that he wouldn't get to call for three weeks. One down.
:( I can't wait until my first call. I carry my phone with me all the time so scared that I'll miss his call. What time of the day/night did he call?
He called Friday at 4:00 MST/6:00 CDT and then the following Sunday around 12:30 MST/1:30 CST.
My son is on your son's ship, and he loves it! It is sooo comforting knowing they will be okay! I still have my moments, but after hearing from him it's not as bad as in the beginning. With PIR on the 22nd, has anyone heard if they'll be home for Christmas?
My appologies TysMom and anyone else, for any confusion on the 22nd PIR date I wrote, I thought I was replying to BarbZ Ship 02/Div 906, our son's are on the same ship with PIR on the 22nd. The good news is he will be home for Christmas. Just got confirmation on that from my son. :)
Hi Tysmom,
I changed my profile name from Barbz415 to myson's ship and division number.
My daughter made it to BC on Oct 28th, was supposed to be the 27th but flights were canceled due to weather. So, I guess the wait begins. Finding belongings of hers about the house as I go through my day is making it harder of course. And everytime the phone rings and I realize that it can't be her, or I pick up the phone to text or call her and remember that I can't. Hopefully it gets easier.
Suzis Glad she made it there. You should be able to get her tempoary addy from the recruiter in 72 hours.

Join the group here you'll connect with other N4M's whose rcts left with yours.

Also go to your page and scroll down to read comments left for you on your comment wall
Hello Suzis, I think it may get easier. Honestly I dont know, my son was scheduled to ship out th 26th, the O'hare was shut down due to bad weather, so he was delayed in Richmond, VA until the 27th. He left Richmond at 2pm and arrived in Chicago at the Base at 12:23am. which is technically 10/28. He called me today and I was driving but he did say that his PIR date was 12-22. I am hoping that they are trying to scare him and that his actual date is 12/17. My son is 25 married and lived with his wife and daughter, but I still had a melt down yesterday. I was on line constantly checking PIR dates of other mothers and everyone already had their information. I called my daughterinlaw last night and she had not heard from son either, so the melt down began. After I spoke with him today, I felt much better and relaxed. No melt down today. And BTW, I didn't even melt down when we left him Tues, I held it together until last night. One little 20 min phone call made the world of difference to me. I hope this is helpful to you. Hang in there, we are all on the same boat! Kim
I can't believe you had a 20 minute phone call from your son already!
Yes, TysMom, I was so happy and that 20 mins. felt so short. His sisters wanted to talk with him, but he was trying to give me his important information and only had 5 mins left to reach his wife and child.

That little 20 mins. gave me a full night's sleep!

I texted my son today. I figure he'll get it when he gets his phone back. He'll know I had an instant thought of him and responded.
And I'm on my son's face book account sending him some love there as well. His wall will be full of messages when he returns. So, yes, I know the feeling and it is all good! We're moms! Kim


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