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I heard from my son for the first time tonight and I am sorry to say he was extremely upset. Doubting himself and crying. He was distraught. I did talk to him for around thirty minutes and he needed to go. Encouraging him and trying to talk him through his discouragement. Any other parents encounter a similar scenario? Any encouragement is appreciated. My heart goes out to him.

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For a lot of the recruits this is the hardest thing they've ever done. Plus the holidays add stress and emotion. Hopefully by the time you get your second call, he'll be past the initial shock of this whole new life.
When you write him, remind him why he chose this and remind him that you believe in him.
And if it doesn't work out for him, let him know it's okay with you, no negative judgement,he just needs a different path to success.

Thank you for the good advice and the encouragement to provide for him.  

Hi Jodi , my heart goes out to you . I’m so sorry for your son . I will pray for him and you too ! It will get better for him I’m sure . My daughter got to BC on Nov 20 th . I have not gotten a call yet or a letter . Missing her so much , but very proud of her . Hang in there

Thanks Jeanie, I appreciate the prayers for him.  I'm sure it will get better.  It is hard not hearing from them!  

I know. I keep telling myself no news is good news but it’s definitely a challenge to be patient . Just try to stay positive as much as you can and hang in there !

Hi Jodi, I'm sure things will get better for him,it takes some getting use to. Keeping you guys uplifted in prayer.

Jodi B, that first phone call is always the hardest. When my son called home in the background I could hear other people crying and such. Also heard the RDC yelling at them that if they kept crying that they wouldn't be able to stay on. Though his voice cracked a couple of times when we talked to him. He did not cry because he wanted to talk to us.

You did great by encouraging him.  Just keep that going, it is so hard to be away from home. Doesn't matter the time (thought holiday are tougher), they are in a new environment, people are yelling and screaming at them. Nothing they seem to do is right but it is all for a cause to get them ready for the fleet.  That first phone call is always really hard (talking from personal experience-I told my mom, I made a huge mistake and was ready to come home). It is so hard to hear your child crying and not be there to fix it. 

Hopefully, the next call you get he will feel more confident about his surroundings. It took a little bit for my son to fill like he was finally understanding how things worked. 

NavyMomofJM,

Thank you for those words of encouragement and sharing your own personal experience.  It was much needed today and helped a lot.  

Blessings.

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