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My daughter is leaving for bootcamp on the 6th of Oct., 2011...Anyone else out there with the same date....

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I'm a he left the sixth mom...picked up on this comment-liked your note about the room cleaning..yes, as I cleaned my son's room I thought..this feels like I'm cleaning out the room of someone close to me who recently died...then as I went on,,, I felt alittle better...then I told myself he'll be back and live there again and then another part of me had to concede, hey, hes 21...and other than for visits, he may never live here as he had., probley won't.  But all in all, it was a theraputic experience cleaning his daughter likes to watch TV in there and feel close to brother-when I get to write letters, I might do it in there...yep, got to say its a bit like a shrine.

God Bless and cute kitty picture!


It's really hard for me to realize that he's never going to be under my roof and wing again.  He's a man now and he's out there doing his own thing.  It's particulary difficult because we didn't get the slow release of a child that occurs when they go off to college (and then come back for holidays and summer vacations).  For us it's like poof they're gone!  For now, this is the hardest part for me.


Hello!  My daughter also shipped on October 6 for GL from Orlando, FL.  Received a call about 12:30am saying she was there and that I should be receiving a box.  She is my only child and missing her like crazy but very proud of her at same time.  After boot camp she will stay in GL for school.  Hoping to have her address soon!

My daughter is staying in GL for school also, what is your daughter's rating?  Mine is a GSE


Just a friendly note..when my son whent through bc last year they suggested that we not have our recruits names on N4M because sometimes the RTC instructors will go on N4M & if they see pictures or names of recruits in their division they will pick on them.  Everyone says that they don't do that, but my son said that they do.

My son left October 6th for bc from Fort Wayne, Indiana.   He's in special ops - I hear their bc is different??  Just trying to get along day by day - miss my son tons!
@ My2Sailors thank you for the response...its so comforting to see that there are so may moms who feel the same way ,,,  I cant wait for this part to be over...does it get any easier ?

It does, to an extent.  You live every day with your phone glued to your hand & when you check the posts & see that everyone else has gotten a letter your sad all over again, then you'll get a letter the next day & be overjoyed.  It is definately a roller coaster.  The time from the day they leave until you get the 1st letter is the longest & then the week before PIR seems long to.


My daughter-in-law just called & told me my "kid in a box" came in today, I'm at work so I have to wait until I get home to see if she slipped a note in there.  I still haven't gotten the form letter with the address in it yet.


I sure hope my sons box came today.
My kid in the box came today.  I cried.  I didn't think it had come because I was expecting it to come via the US Mail and when I checked the mail there was no box there.  But then I thought maybe it came and was sitting outside my front door so I checked and there it was.  I cried when opening it and it had the clothes he was wearing and his cell phone in it.  Now I just want to get that letter with his address.
@  AnnetteA .... I feel your pain .... hopefully things get easier .... :-)

I keep praying for our recruits. Actually for all the recruits. My daughters graduating class represented each branch of the service. I am hearing from several who have finished b/c and they said it tests what you are made of, but she can do it. I miss her a lot! So does her dad. She is his garage assistant.

Thank you My2sailors, for the post about names. I was also warned about posting addresses on facebook. Not to do it because not everyone has their best interest at heart.

My husband said it best, it is easier to raise them, than to let them go.

It is a good thing, what they are doing.


My daughter left for bootcamp on October 6th as well.


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