My son called and he was finally ASMOd from the RCU to a new Div so he can finish out BC and graduate! So happy! They do an "alternate cardio" option now so he doesn't have to run and jump on that bone he's been healing for 3 months and it uses a stationary bike he's been training on (and exceeding OPFA standards on because they gave him a Mock OPFA to be able to ASMO him.) He was so relieved and so are we. And all on his 18th! What a gift! I was happy to hear they could do the training for firearms during the RCU to make up and keep him from being behind so he was closer to graduation! Mama's happy and so is Dad!
OMG - that's fantastic news!!!!!!! That is the best birthday present ever! So glad he has healed and boy, what a lesson in perseverance ;-D
BZ to him!
Thank you! What a relief and it really lifts the mood for everyone (though he was so resilient about it all) to know he's not sitting there in a holding pattern when he could be getting job training. Also, once he's allowed, we can visit him at A school as hubs often has work to do in that area - we look forward to that (communication again!)
Thank goodness! What a long journey for him to have persevered through! Good for him and what a relief for you!!
Thank you so much! I was surprised at how much the whole thing stressed my husband out - and he's ex-Navy! People were constantly asking me how my boy was doing and I was having to repeat the glum news over and over so it's a relief to have something exciting to share, and to know he's finally working toward a goal. We did remind him that he was getting paid to sit there so that was something. In fact, we'd tell him what was in his bank account and I think it brightened his mood considerably. Since he's young, a little bit of money sounds like a lot. Hehe
TravelinMom - That is wonderful news!!! I recall another member mentioning the stationary bike as an alternative. I do encourage him to see if he can get some pointers on running or strengthening exercises. He should probably also ask about "alternate cardio" for his A school PFA. It is my understanding that they use the stationary bike on ships often in lieu of a run for PFT.
I had to laugh at your comment about the bank account. That is something that would have picked up my son's spirits as well. Please let him know that we are all rooting and cheering for him.
I think by the time he has to do A school PFA he will be allowed to run on it again. They don't want him jumping on it this early to give it more time. He's super tall and it's a lot of stress on that bone. 6'4" when he entered the Navy at 17 in May and could be taller now for all I know!
And yes to the money being a motivator - bonuses did help in the Rate decision-making process, but ultimately he found the best fit for his aptitude and interests, I feel.
TravelinMom - That sounds great with his foot. I do think they are wise from things I have heard with friends who had sons shoot up really tall, especially very fast.
I agree it is better for them to find a good fit for their aptitude and interests than just the money motivator.
Mcmom - It's not unusual to not hear anything - doesn't make it easy though. We go with the "No news is good news" theory. If something changes he will contact you - which thankfully he has at least once! For now try not to worry, you know where he is and the Navy is taking caring of him.
Hopefully you'll get an update soon.
When my son arrived in RCU about 3 1/2 months ago now, we got a short, 2 minute phone call. We did eventually get a letter a couple/few weeks later to let us know that apparently someone in the RCU had broken some rules (4 someones actually, together) and that privileges were taken away so they only were allowed to call once a month and visit the NEX once a month, no movies, etc. By the time he was getting out, they had a movie once a week returned as a privilege, but each time we did hear from him, it was 5 weeks in between and the call was only for a few minutes. One time it was 6 minutes and the next time it was 25 minutes. They basically gave them time to go to the NEX and stand in line and then the rest of the time was standing in line for the phones, so very little time left. I just sent him lots and lots of encouraging letters and especially in a questionnaire format so we could get a reply because my son is not a writer. Even then it was only something every couple/few weeks. But the phone calls were extra scarce - it was torture. Just know that these first couple of weeks they are still assessing and they are keeping him off of the fracture. I thought my son's RCU stint would be shorter but it was 3 months, apparently it was a pretty bad one (his shin bone). If it's any consolation they do pick up where they left off in a new Div so he won't have lost time. I'm so sorry and we absolutely know what torture that is to wait, but you will hear from him! Just keep writing so he gets that mail call as he's in the part of his recovery where he basically has nothing to do - won't have an alternate job etc until he heals some more. If you want to add me to your friends list so you can ask me questions privately, I'd be happy to answer what I can.
I said this in the PIR group as well, but we're so relieved - we got the "I am a Sailor" call today! After the extra 3 months in the RCU, when his new RDC handed him his Navy hat and said "You finally made it" - he got choked up and I get choked up every time I think about it! Also when they were ordered to fall out and instead of saying "last Recruit xxxx" they said, "last Sailor..." it got to him as well. Maybe we can be a mess about this now so we don't fall apart at PIR! hehe
TravelinMom - Congratulations to your son. Enjoy your PIR!