((((Hugs))) I think boot camp is as much to get families used to military life as it is for the recruits.
It is hard but it'll get easier once he's done with boot camp. Write him letters - you can mail them one you get his address. Don't focus on missing him, tell him how proud you are of him.
At this point? No news is good news So not hearing from him means "Ma I';m fine"
But once he's in the Navy, Navy comes first and family is a distant second. Mine has been in just over 5 years now - he's been home ONCE for Easter (2016), ONCE for Christmas (2019) and home on leave one additional time (summer 2019). We didn't see him at all between April 2016 and June 2019 because he was overseas. He won't be home this Christmas either. But he's doing great, loves what he's doing and we're super proud of him. But yeah, the military isn't like sending them to college or out in the work force, it's a whole different experience.
Tadpole - Welcome to the Navy4Mom site. I haven't had a chance to see if you have joined the BC Mom group yet. Generally, you should have received a "scripted" call from your son once he was at GL (or now as they transition them to Ft. McCoy) that we refer to as the "I'm Here" call. Those calls were made from their cell phones and if by chance his battery went dead you may not have received a call.
We live by the saying, "No News is Good News." As hard as it is to let our kids go, into the military they have gone and we no longer are the ones calling the shots. We don't plan their schedules, we don't drive them to their activities, we don't tell them when to go to bed, when to get up in the morning, how long they can play on the computer or watch TV. We don't even get to tell them to eat their vegetables. The Navy gets to tell them what to do. This is the Great silence that you are in. Unfortunately for those with kids in currently and the added 2 weeks of ROM (restriction of movement) / quarantine it will be close to 4 - 5 weeks before you receive the Form Letter - nothing personal, just a typed letter from RTC that your SR (seaman recruit) will fill in his name, address and division #.
If for some reason, you receive a call from your SR before you have the form letter. Ask him if he knows his Ship # (not the name - we might be able to figure it out but the address uses a #) and his Div#. With those two pieces of information we can give you the proper format for addressing mail to him.
There is a lot more information that I can share but I at least wanted to say hi and hopefully someone else will reply as well. My son has been in for 3+ years and there members on the BC Mom group who span an entire spectrum of years, including others like you whose child has just left for BC.
Welcome aboard to the emotional roller coaster. BNMH (Big Navy Mom Hugs!)
Tadpole - Honestly, this is a new one as far as address. Generally, you will not receive a mailing address for your SR until they have gone through all of their processing days and that is going to be after their new 2 week quarantine / ROM (restriction of movement). So, the form letter with the address which is the only thing your SR will handwrite in that letter has been arriving 4 - 5 weeks after he left for MEPS. Each Division has to train a Recruit Mail Petty Officer to deal with the mail before they will start receiving letters - so mailing to any address earlier, is likely to just get set aside.
This is the page from RTC website that gives the address for the ships. If you have his specific Ship # and Division # then you can write to him.
Tadpole - I posted this on your My Page / profile page but here it is again.
Be sure to come join us.