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In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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My son leaves for bootcamp on Monday.  He was originally scheduled for December 20th.  Before Christmas, but close enough that we could have had an early Christmas and it would have felt like it.  We were only told a couple weeks ago that they would be moving up the date and then only yesterday that it would be Monday.  I keep crying like a little baby.  It seems so silly because it isn't like he'll be gone forever.  My husband and younger son think I'm silly for crying, but I can't seem to help myself.  Are there any other mothers out there struggling with this? 

They say it's empty nest, but I still have my younger son around.  I guess I just worry how my older son will handle bootcamp.   He made this choice all on his own and we support him completely and are extremely proud of him.  He keeps counting down the days and telling me to see my reaction I think.  I have tried not to cry around him even though he knows I will come Monday. 

I would appreciate hearing from any mothers who have been there or are there now.


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My son is my only son also, I have 3 younger girls.  It's so strange not having a boy around, even though it's only been a few days, his presence is greatly missed.  How are your daughters feeling about their brother leaving? 

I guess it really hasn't hit them yet, but he leaves next Friday, they don't really say much.

My son left on the 15th of November and I totally feel you! I walked by a Marie Calendar's coconut cream pie( My Son's fave) the other day and I just started crying like a baby. I know it's just  a short time, but to be totally out of touch with him, and to know he is no longer my baby is sad. It scares me, although I know he is doing just fine, I still worry and miss him like crazy. Stay strong, stay prayed up and pray for patience. I say this because I have yet to get a real letter from him, but a quick call 2 Saturdays ago. He sounds good. You will make it, but I swear, the tears are uncontrollable and your family has to try and be supportive. Feel free to contact me anytime and we can get through this together. Stay active on here, it dake care and God Bless!

How long is it before you get a call after they leave for boot camp?  I just received the box yesterday with all his clothes and the rest of his stuff.  I miss him so much and missed his last call to me cuz it was late and I didn't wake up in time and have felt guilty ever since.  I worry so much about him in boot camp.

I have heard that "No news is good news" should be our new motto!!

My son called today  and used his phone card very glad I sent one with him

They do still need the phone cards!

I am there with you as well...My son Flies into Chicago on Tuesday the 6th and I have many bouts tears daily...yesterday I began crying in a resturant while eating my lunch (LOL)...anything can trigger it at the drop of a dime...I am very very proud of him and what he has gone through to get to this point...but in the same breath I am soo sad that i feel selfish...I tried for a long time to not cry infront of him until one day recently I just couldnt help myself...I apologized and his reply was " don't be sorry mom..I would be angry if you weren't sad that I am leaving" and gave me the best hug ever...just what I needed...I also have 2 other sons at home both son leaving is the first to leave the nest...I am hoping to frequent here  to help me through...
~So Proud of my Navy Son!~

I have 5 children, a daughter who is the oldest and pregnant and due Jan 11th, two sons who are 20 and one in the Army Reserves, then the one in the Navy, and my youngest is now thinking about Air Force.  I am an Air Force brat (father in 22 yrs with the Air Force and 20+ yrs with NASA) but still being a child with the military and a mother are two different things!!!!!  I worry every day and feel I didn't do enough to prepare him and worry that something is wrong everyday I don't hear from him.  I know over protective, but I keep hearing the things my other son went thru during boot camp with the Army.  I cannot help myself and continue to worry, cry, and fret.  LOL  Some just think I'm mental.

My son left last year on December 6.  Too early to celebrate Christmas.  I cried every day from Thanksgiving on and when I had to walk out & leave him at the MEPS station, I thought I might literally die from crying.   I had no Christmas spirit at all and could not imagine what the season would be like.  My husband felt as bad as I did.  I felt so bad for my daughters but I just could not handle life at that point.  My son's first phone call was on Christmas Day and it was only 3 minutes long!  I cried myself to sleep that afternoon.   The only way I survived was through this site.  It was nice to know there were others out there struggling like myself and it made me feel less crazy.  I will spend another Christmas without my son this year and we just had our first Thanksgiving apart.  I do get to see him though on Dec. 30 when he gets an 8 day leave...the first we will see him in 8 months!!!      Use your Navy moms, they are an amazing group of people and the only ones in your life who truly understand what you are going through.  You will be in my thoughts & is a tough journey full of many emotions.  You will hang on to the days when the pride outweighs the sadness!

I am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit.  This will be the first itme ever not having my son home and it is killing me.  I just went and bought a sailor nutcracker and so far it is the only decoration I have up.  I have 3 girls ages 14 and younger and I feel guilty that I am being like this.  I tell my self all day long he is ok and in good hands and that this will not last forever, but my hert and my head are not communicating with each other much!  How exciting that you get to see your son in a few weeks! 

You need to do it for your girls....however i know how you feel.  This is the first year i wont be seeing my daughter for xmas, but even worse....her two children (4 1/2 and 2) wont be spending it with their mom (my daughter)...but it was her choice, the same as it was your sons.  You are entitled to your feelings as we all are, but know in your heart that your son is fine, and it would make your daughters happy to see you ok and try to get back in the spirit....I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers =)


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