Yesterday, I dropped my daughter off at the recruiters office. The whole family was there. We saw her picture posted on the wall along with other recruits. I made a strong effort not to cry in front of her. I did have dinner with her at the Hotel and spent a few hours with her. I needed to make sure that she was okay. She was actually excited and happy with her decision. She is going in as a E3 and in 6month can move up to a E4, thanks to her BS degree. I have to say that I did good. Our time together and the talk we had during dinner kind of eased my worry a bit. I actually did a lot of research on this page, which turns out to be a blessing in so many ways. For this I am very thankful.
On the way home while I was driving I did start to cry. I got home and cried some more. The family is having a hard time with her leaving. I know in my heart that she will be okay and is strong enough to get through bootcamp and A school. She actually told me that she is looking at bootcamp as a personal trainer. I think the hardest part for her was cutting her long hair, which I cut. Now I am just waiting for the call.. I want to thank everyone here for their support.
She is going in as a E3 -steam engineer. Yes, I should get the call by 12 midnight.
You are correct I just could not remember the name. She is actually a GSM - gas system turbine technician.
Thanks for sharing this information. I will join the site above.
Darn! I was hoping you were going to say she will pilot the Navy paddleboat. I already had visions of her crying out, "MARK TWAIN!".
Thanks, but I am a be realistic.
Watch for the 847 area code from Great Lakes, and remember it's the shortest phone call you'll ever answer.
I did get the call last night at 2:00am. Now I am waiting for the box with the note and would hear from her for another 3 weeks.
Start writing letters now!!! Once you have her address, type up some mailing labels with her address and hand out to her friends and relatives. Number the letters you mail her so she will know which to open first. Buy any kind of cute card - I sent a "welcome to your new Home", send thinking of you/encouragement. I used to buy the 2/$1. or $1. , then splurge ever once in a while on a Hallmark card. There are even some cute cards for kids. I used to send a card each morning on my way to work with just a few lines written in it, then write a letter at lunch and mail it on my one home from lunch. Your cards will be there life line for eight weeks. I also sent some of the stick on labels with my home address, so my son would not have to address the envelope, he could just stick it on. She sounds like she has a good attitude. If anyway possible, please plan on going to the PIR (graduation). It's awesome!!
Thank you for the tips. I already have over 30 cards from family and friends to mail. I also do plan on going to the graduation and spending a few extra days in Chicago. I already have my vacation days approved. I can't wait to see her and just hug her.
Guess someone should warn you, don't send any cards that play music. She won't be appreciating that.
Thanks for the tip. The cards are plain.