Hello, My name is Rhonda, from Arcanum Ohio. My son Cole leaves for bootcamp on Jan 7th..Im very very sad and having a hard time dealing with this..
Have heart Rhonda, you won't be alone & it'll all be good!! This has been the best thing EVER for my son!! They come out of boot camp so confidant & ready for anything - standing taller & more sure of themselves! He should be working out - sit ups, push-ups, running (they need to make a 8 minute mile), swimming - they have to jump from a 15 ft.(?) platform & swim to the other end of the pool & tread water. They do give them workout time, but its better to go in halfway decent shape - my son said he wished he had run more before going. At the end of boot camp, they do a PIR ( Point in review) ceremony(bootcamp graduation) - it is not to be missed, it is awesome!! You are lucky you found this site now - there is so much info on here - I did not find it till waaay after boot camp & was sorry I didn't. Also be sure to get on Facebook for U.S.Navy Recruit Training Command, & Ohio moms.
Really, it'll be all right! :-)
Wow, Thanks for all of the helpful info!! Cole is kinda heavy now..Ive been telling him to get running..I get so frustrated with him. I was prior Navy and they pick on the heavier kids..(to get them compliant) What is your son doing now?
Rhonda, my son is a Nuke - a Machinist Mate(MM3). It is the hardest program(other than Seals, which is more physical) in the Navy - its like going thru 5 years of Nuclear engineering college in 2 years - extremely hard! There is A school, Power School, & finally Prototype school/training - & that is the phase my son is in. The first two are in Goose Creek, SC, Prototype is either in Goose Creek or Ballston Spa, NY - that is where my son is. He wants to be on a Ssgn Ohio class sub.....of course he will end up where the Navy puts him. When(please Lord) he finishes, he's supposed to go to Groton, Conn. for welding school. If he gets that, he'll be in for over 2 years before seeing a ship! The thing about Nuke school tho is that they really put them thru a lot of stress besides the learning to make sure they won't 'crack' while deployed. A lot don't make it thru, & they have to pass a 5 hour written test, then a 2 hour oral test to be certified...... I pray a lot that he passes all that!! Last message I got fom him, he was doing good tho( whew!). Right now he is on 12 rotating shifts working on real nuclear reactors(Ballston Spa site is actually a DOE site - but they train the Navy Nukes there), so we don't hear from him - they're working or sleeping right now. But no matter what happens, we are Sooo very proud of him & he has learned so much about all that & about life too. He came home a different kid last Christmas & when we visited him last March - as all for the better!
My son got that P-83???? -- whatever that really hard exercise program you could buy on cable TV - like hard yoga exercises with sit-ups, push-ups, etc. added - it changed his whole physique, but he wouldn't go running' & was sorry he didn't. Also my sister worked with him on swimming - getting a decent stroke & treading water - that paid off big time -he had no problems passing the pool tests.
Like you said, it gets really tough when you can't keep up with the exercises - gotta get that son moving somehow!! I never could, but the Navy will - he can count on that! Also, have him take multi.vitamins & whatever else can keep a person healthy till he goes - they ALL get sick at boot camp! Is he signed up for a certain job? And like gabrielsmomma said, stay tuned to these sites to learn tons of useful info.!
Hi Rhonda! I've been reading through the feedback you've been receiving trying not to cry myself... I don't know what I would have done without N4M's & the connections I've made from there forward. Someone mentioned & I'll reinforce for you...your civilian friends will not understand the magnitude of what you feel & go through. We all do & we are right behind you. Navigating this website was a TOTALLY new thing for me. Didn't have a Facebook page & had never sent a text until my Sailor went to BC. LOL! One of the 1st times I got to speak to my Recruit, he is the one that suggested N4M's & the FB connections...he told us after PIR that these resources were kind of "freaky" to the Recruits because it seemed like anytime there was "something going on," the Moms all new about it. ;p If they were having difficulty with some particular thing, had done well with some certain thing, if some Ship wasn't getting something done...the Moms always seemed to know about it. In hindsight, that cracks me up. That's right my Sailor...never forget the power of the Moms. LOL! Look for & find any N4M's Groups applicable to you & your Sailor's circumstances. Look for & find any FB pages applicable to you & your Sailor's circumstances. The support, information, opportunities I've received from these places is indescribable. The Navy is truly a great Family & we're all here with you & for you. This will be an amazing, wonderful, tearfilled journey you will take with your son. I remember the pain, the "BAM!" as someone put it so VERY well, like it was yesterday... But then & now, I couldn't be prouder or happier about the decision my son made to join the Navy. This has been an experience of a lifetime for him & we are even closer now than we were before he left for BC. Those precious, precious BC letters...that "I'm a Sailor" call...the time away from your Recruit/Sailor followed by those AWESOME reunions... Everything's going to be alright. You will get through this & you will get through the times to come. We are here for you... ~~~ gabrielsmomma
Thanks for you support! So gad I have this NVM's site!
Dear Rhonda, I know exactly how you are feeling. My son leaves for RTC in June of 14! I'm so glad for all of the time I will have with him, but I know that the time will fly by. This website is great for any and all information as well as support. I'm sure your son will do great and you'll be able to see him at PIR before you know it. It's nice that Cole will be home for Christmas. I think it would be hard if not.
Why does he leave so late?
I really have no idea, except that it relates to his job as a CTM.
Oops - I just saw where you said he's to be a CTM --what is that?