My son is heading to Great Lakes tomorrow, October 24. I got him the phone card, two sheets of stamps to put in his wallet and some blister bandages that he can fit in his wallet as well. A few wallet size family photos along with his cash and debit card, too. He has his address book and he will be taking his cell phone and iPod for the plane, but that's about it. Since he's staying at MEPS tonight, he'll have his toiletries for the morning, but I guess that will all come home in the "box".
I can't believe the day is here. We will be dropping him off at the recruiter's office at 2:30 this afternoon. We plan on attending his swearing in in Brooklyn tomorrow morning, then it's good-bye for 8 weeks. I hope his PIR is on Dec. 16th...that means he'll be eligible to participate in the Adopt-A-Sailor program for Thanksgiving Day.
My son leaves to Great Lakes on 10/26. He was given several phone cards (which I am activating thanks to the advice of amazing moms) and stamps. My understanding is that everything except their wallet, religious medallion comes in the dreaded "box" His recruiter will pick him up on 10/25 at 9:30 and we will drive down to Tampa for swearing in ceremony on 10/26. I guess our sons will be at PIR on the same date? Adopt -a- sailor? What is that?
It's nice to meet another mom, who has a son shipping out the same time frame as mine. The support, encouragement will be much needed until that "1st letter" arrives...I hear it can be as long as 3 weeks.
Congrat's to your son and your family, and my thanks to him for his service.
Good Morning Navy Moms.
My son left with his recruiter about an hour ago, and I just broke down. I held it together pretty well, until I saw him walk out the door. It reminded me of his first day at kindergarten with his back pack....such fond memories, and now a new chapter begins. Tomorrow we see him one last time for swear in ceremony, then he's off to the windy city. Praying for strength and for the next weeks to fly by.
I know how you feel! I didn't breakdown when my son left with the recruiter or at the airport when he got on the plane but when I got that first letter, I totally lost it and cried for hours! Stay strong and pray much! My son has PIR this Friday and I cannot wait! I have been a phone and postman stalker for the last few months!