My son is 29 and heading to Boot Camp as an enlisted recruit. He's concerned that he will be the oldest recruit. I'm hoping there are other moms out there who can assure me that 29 is not the oldest or all that rare. Thanks in advance!
My son was only 18 when he left for BC however he had a SR that graduated with him that was 39. There was a wide age variety in his division.
My son just went through PIR this past weekend. Like your son, mine will be 26 soon and has had a life away from home since he left for college. Recruits are in Divisions of about 80 people each. There seems to be a wide age range from what I've read and from what my son said this weekend. Your son may be able to help others if there is a need, but he will be undergoing some adjustments himself. It is easy to think he won't be homesick at all because he "did that already" but that isn't the reality. This is a huge shift from being an adult individual use to making decisions to being told what to do every minute of every day. Your son may still experience missing the life he left behind. Start writing letters now and send them when you get the address. My son said mail call was the best part of his day. Our letters tended to reach him in 3 to 4 days. His took about a week to 10 days to reach us. And remember, no news is good news... PIR will be here for you before you know it.
Manyhawks, congratulations on your sailor! Of course, you are right about how different BC is from being independent and making decisions on their own. I was also thinking that it's different when they choose not to be in touch rather than not being allowed to make contact. :-) We just got that first letter today with our recruit's PIR date and address. Looking forward to being in contact with him and I'm counting down until we see him in April.