Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on May 27, 2011 at 6:02am
As far as the first call...they are NOT guaranteed to call. Most get 3 calls: the "I'm here" call, the "I'm still alive" call (3 weeks) and the "I'm a Sailor" call (after Battlestations)...some only get the last one, some get all, some get more....depends on the division, RDC and the rct.
Watch for the 847 area code and the id is usually payphone...occ it is withheld or restricted.
Sometimes they get a quick info call the first week or two...the id is US Government then.
They all need calling cards...it eats up 30 minutes to just make a call from a payphone....so they need a bunch of minutes. They can buy calling cards at the NEX. If you send them one ...make sure it is activated first (saves time)
When you get your first call DO YOUR BEST NOT TO CRY…your rct will be emotional and most likely will be tearful and if they’re not, they will be if you are and then you’ll waste valuable talking time crying.
Let them talk…they don’t get to talk much at boot camp, have questions and a pen and paper by the phone to jot down what they say. When they call and you hear their sweet voice…everything you wanted to ask will go out of your mind.
If they are upset..just reassure them, let them know that it will get better, it is only a few weeks and after boot camp it is MUCH better. Tell them you love them, yes you do miss them but are looking SO forward to seeing them march through those doors at PIR.
Then, hang up and come on here and cry and shout and be happy that you heard from your rct !!!
In the Navy, "no news is good news." They are allowed to contact you almost immediately if something goes wrong, and if they cannot, the Navy does. It was just over five weeks from the time my son left home and his first call, four weeks is typical.
Thank you so much for your info... how do you know all this stuff already ...
i am a total mess... i have to train me for THAT call so i will not cry ... I MISS HIM SO MUCH i cant express it in words ... i like that countdown clock...thanks so much ...
I've been through it already! My Sailor PIR'd in May of last year. I have stayed on the site to help out since then.
This post from JessicaB was my "training" like you said! It was a mantra, "Jessica said not to cry, Jessica said not to cry, Jessica said not to cry." ...and I didn't...until I got off of the phone....and then I burst into tears! We're girls and it's just the way we relieve stress!