Our son forgot to take one and also just grabbed a random book the night before he left. We drove him to MEPS and spent the night in the same hotel so we could see him off the next morning. The evening before departing we had a nice dinner and stopped by a Target store so he could find a better book. While there we found an old classic hand held that had Galaxia, space invaders, & asteroids on it. He left 9/1 and hasn't mentioned yet if he enjoyed the old games or not? LOL When do you ship?
That sounds like a perfect device for ROM at Fort McCoy. I'm sure he will be glad that he has it. From what our SR wrote it's not to bad there but We could tell the boredom really set in around day 8. The RDC's started getting stricter towards the later days. I'm guessing that was by design as they were getting closer to shipping to GL for night of arrival. He did tell us the go to GL to make their call and get their gear before heading to Wisconsin
Good morning!! Thanks for sharing Kim.
JaneNavyMom - I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth. I don't know what the entire restrictions are on the electronics as my son was at BC three years ago. But I have a Kindle Paperwhite and my sailor has the old version with no backlight.
First of all, Kindles can still receive a WiFi connection if they are not in airplane mode. I don't know if that is an issue at BC or not, so your son should be prepared with some other "paper" options. The Kindle is great for in the fleet and my sailor uses his a lot as well as downloads audio books from our public library. The paperwhite takes more battery life though than the version that my sailor has - so make sure he has the charger for it, and a good cover. I tape a card with my name and address inside the flap of my cover if it is lost.
JaneNavyMom - Please be sure to post at least a hello down in the comment section of the BC Mom page, just below where the discussions are. We have some other new members and it would be helpful to them to know that they are not alone, there are others who are just starting on this boot camp journey. I hope you figured out the electronics and be sure to let us now what your SR says about them being acceptable or not. We can our best information from past experiences.
Hi everyone, my son shipped on November 12, 2020. We bought him a Kindle and loaded it up with audio books/print books. We were so happy to hear from our son on Monday, November 16 - he won an inspection and the prize was a call home (we felt so very lucky). He told us that he was not allowed to keep the Kindle - he was given two Navy books to study and that's it. I don't know if these sorts of things change frequently, but this was his experience.
Sally423 - Thanks for sharing! It is good to hear from you.
I am honestly not surprised that they would not allow your son to keep his Kindle. It seems like anything electronic is being denied but until we get first hand information from family members we are "in the dark" to some extent.
I do think that those SRs who are returning to ROM, once they are in training are given the opportunity to read regular books that RTC has.
Your son will still appreciate his Kindle when out in the fleet, so it is not ill-spent money.