Gosh, I dont know where to start! I am so lost I dont even know where to start, All I know is my son flew out on March 7th and I got the phone call that he was alive, but it seemed like it was recoreded, It was wierd! When do I get a letter, and when can I write and where,I am soooo confussed.
I need help,
I know when you received that first call it is very short, I believe they must read it off of a card or something. There are so many of them that needs to make that call so it is very fast and short. It took about a week for us to get his stuff in the box and a few days later we got this form letter that he got to fill in the blanks. It will give you all the information that you will need to write to him and also his PIR date (graduation date from boot camp). Just start writing the letters for when that form letter comes so you can mail them. It will be around 3 weeks before you receive a letter from him. They need to train someone to do the mail, so until then they won't receive them and his won't be mailed. My son was able to mail us a letter every Monday so we would receive it on Thursday. But I am sure every unit (ship) works different. Just some friendly advise, don't send no food or candy or anything like a musical card. I know my son was sent a musical card from his sister and not knowing it he opened it and the Petty Officer heard the first note and made him tear out the musical part and do push ups for awhile. I have also heard about them eating the candy or food while the person who got it got to do push ups until they (Petty Officers) finish eating it. So just some friendly advise. Also don't count the days until he graduates just count the Fridays until you get to see him. It a mind trick but at least it won't seem as long.