As you will read in my reply on your other question, the form letter will come. I can take up to 4 weeks.
This is BootCamp for us too!!! Our kids are getting in physical shape and learning to work as a team and take orders without question. We are learning to let go of our worry, shape our hearts and prayers with out our kids in regular contact, and take comfort in what communication we get! It is not easy!!!
When my Sailor shipped I felt like a part of me had died!! I couldn't stop crying, I felt physically ill and I had over a year to prepare!!! I found this site helpful in dispelling the fear of the unknown! http://www.navydep.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433
Feel free to ask all the questions you need. No question is a dumb question. You might also want to read through all the files here and if you are on FB you may want to join the official Navy For Moms site there as well. Lots of good info and support.
Ours changed 3/4 of the way through DEP. He was great at first but then he was transitioning and the new guy just didn't care as long as they shipped and he made quota!! My Hubby found this site for me while we were at our send off dinner and I couldn't stop crying. It didn't help that everyone said that I was making my other 2 jealous and making them feel bad. This place saved my sanity. At PIR I found out about the FB groups and I have been keeping my promise to pay it forward ever since. If I can help just 1 mom to not feel so insane and lost I have done what I set out to.
Hello Erin . Welcome to Navy moms. BC will be the most challenging event of his life and yours...a rollercoaster of emotions I call it. I pray you both will come out of this experience enlightened n stronger... emotionally, mentally n spiritually. Hang in there.
belovedbyHim, answered both of your comments very well. I agree with her and 1underGod, you are not alone, and BC tends to be an emotional roller coaster ride. Along with writing, do your best to keep yourself busy. When you do have his address you might want to share it with some of his friends or mentors, so they can encourage him as well.
I’m a first time Navy mom also. My son has now been in the Navy for 2 years. The Navy was never on my radar for our one and only child. He went off to college and this very smart child flunked out of his first semester due to too much gaming and the lack of ability to organize himself. We gave him 3 choices, one of which was the military and he chose the Navy. I totally thought this would be the wrong choice for him but I was the one who was wrong. He thrived under the structure that the Navy provides because he is unable at this point of his life to provide it for himself. He did really well in boot camp, in the subsequent schools and is now making his way through all his quals. While I still worry about him (what mom doesn’t!), I’m seeing that he has what it takes to move forward his own. I totally get your feelings about your son’s choice. it’s possible that this is a great choice for him; sometimes they know themselves better than we think we do!
I was so touched by your note! We had no Navy history in our family until our daughter joined a year ago. My father and uncle served in WWII, but we're older parents and she never knew them. Boot Camp was the absolutely hardest because you can't communicate with them and don't know what's going on. We knew Daughter would have to have her wisdom teeth removed and that it would be a difficult surgery--did not know when. I even wrote to some "800" number on one of the forms, but received no answer! It all went very well and she came through BC happy and very proud of herself. The Navy is such a wise career move, especially in today's world. Daughter has a 4-year college degree, but, as she put it about the job she had before enlisting: "This is a job--the Navy is a career." It does get better, erin, but not as fast as you'd like. (BTW your screen name should not be your real name). Fingers crossed for your and your boy!