My son graduated from bootcamp on 6-7-2013 and was suppose to leave for A-school, but for medical reasons (something discovered at time of physical, but not communicated to him until after bootcamp and a couple days before graduation) went to THU and as of today he is still in THU! Soon after graduation he had an xray and visit with doctor then a biopsy 3 weeks ago. Today was his first follow up after the biopsy!! The biopsy results showed nothing, so they are going to schedule another biopsy!! What the heck??? Apparently, the results from the 1st biopsy were available 10 days ago. So now he just sits and waits another 3-4 weeks in THU. Needless to say he is beyond frustrated! I try to be encouraging, but he really doesn't want to hear it any more. Is there an advocate (someone on his side) that might help him get through this ordeal? Is there anything I can do? Looking for any advice.
He has to keep his spirits up, which you know. Encourage him to speak with the chaplain and to stay as busy as he can. See http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/ship5/index.asp; there is a tab at the bottom for THU Sailors, but not much info that you probably don't already know.
My son was in THU for a medical reason also and was there for about 4 months. I know how hard it is to try and keep their spirits up when they know the other ones that they went through boot camp with are moving ahead. All he can do is try to keep busy and know that someday soon he will also be moving on. He will make all new friends when he does and hopefully he won't have to sit and wait there when he does. After my son waited at THU for the 4 or 5 months, then he went to Florida and had to sit and wait there also until class started there. So one thing they do learn is that it is more sitting and waiting no matter what they are doing. So I do know that it is hard to try to keep his spirit up, but most all you can do is listen because he probably just wants to have someone he can just talk to even though he knows they can't do anything about it.