Welcome all new SR moms, dads, girlfriends, wives and other family members! I am NicksMom and my sailor was in PIR 6/8 Ship 02 Div 930 until a few hours ago. He had to make the dreaded call to say he was set back for two weeks for fraternization. Don't have any details! Since I am a few weeks ahead of you in this whole journey, Let Me Say This: Everything you are feeling, experiencing, and going through - it is ALL normal and a whole bunch of us have and are going through it too. Please use this site to chat, share thoughts, ask questions. This is a huge emotional roller coaster for us and our SRs. We stay strong and positive and can say (almost) anything here; with our SRs we stay focused on helping them become better people and most of all United States Sailors!
Hi Nick's mom, I'm Jordan's mom :). Sorry to hear about your son being set back two weeks. I know I have been a little worried about booking my flight for graduation for that same reason, what if he get's into trouble or something. They say to buy refundable tickets but from where we live they are over $1,000 round trip, twice as much as the economy. I'm anxious to book it, but scared! Soooo, my son is also Ship03 Div 188 set to graduated on June 22nd. I am hoping everything is going o.k. and frankly my tummy has been upset for 2 weeks straight. Hardest part is not being able to communicate with him! I just need to know that he's o.k., that part is driving me crazy. When he called to say that he arrived he told me he would be able to call me in 2 weeks so that would be today. I have been guarding my cell phone in anticipation. Does anyone know if that's true? That he will be able to call? I just need to hear his voice. Would loe to hear from other mom's that have boy (I mean men ;) in the same division. Would be a great relief to me.
Dont get a refundable ticket. Check southwest 1st. There isnt a large number of recruits that get set back.
From the RTC Web-site
„X The most important piece of advice here is to make sure that your Recruit has a phone card!
„X Recruits are generally given three phone calls throughout the duration of their training. The first call is conducted upon their arrival at RTC to notify a family member or friend they have arrived.
„X Recruits will generally be given the opportunity to place a second call midway through their training. There is no set schedule and no way to know when or if these calls will come.
„X Recruits will be granted a phone call when they fail a training requirement, or become injured or ill, which could delay their graduation.
„X The final call you will receive from your Recruit is the call letting you know they are no longer a Recruit, but a Sailor in the World¡¦s Finest Navy! This call comes during their final week of training, generally within 24 hours of completing Battle Stations-21. This is an emotional call for the Sailors and their families. Unfortunately, again, neither RTC nor your local Recruiter will be able to provide Battle Stations-21 schedules, only your Recruit may release this information to you.
Hi Jordan's mom ~ my son said the same thing about being able to call in 2 weeks. That 2 weeks came and went. He arrived in GLC on 4/10 and that was the last call I had - the one they get to make for 16 seconds saying they have arrived. I didn't make plane reservations - holding out until that first call or letter. Still no mail today, even though he said he was able to write to me when I talked to him yesterday. My nerves were shot, no appetite and I cried at everything (so not like me) for the first two weeks. I have seen some others post about not wanting to pack personal stuff and others cleaning their kid's room. The first two days I couldn't write (Mon/Tues) and I furiously cleaned and packed his room. Made him feel close and also helped me believe he was actually gone. Sounds weird, I know, but someone else will be able to relate. My first letters and cards were really tough to write. Very hard to stay positive when missing him like crazy! It does get easier. The not knowing is the hardest part. You know they are safe and being taken care of but you don't know what it is exactly they are doing AND how they are dealing with this new "lifestyle". I take my cell with me everywhere in the house and at work. There is a 2 hour time difference and I tell myself that after 7pm my time, I doubt if I will receive a call that day. Believe in him and be proud of yourself - you raised a fine young man that is now on his way to serving our country.
I am soo glad that I am not the only basket case! It's so strange, my son went away to college for 2 years before joining the Navy and I was o.k. This seems so different! Maybe it's the not knowing, not sure. My husband has banned me from youtube because I have been watching to many videos of the Navy graduation and I sit there and cry like a baby. Especially the one where they play "I'm proud to be an American", OMG, that gets to me :(. I am so proud of my son, there are not enough words to tell you. I too carry my cell phone everywhere go and thank goodness I had it this morning when I was in the shower. I was dripping wet and screaming, hello, hello, hello......so wonderful to hear his voice.Thank goodness he needed information for his security clearance or I wouldn't have gotten that phone call. Thankful for the small things these days and also for his stinky sweatshirt he sent home that I sleep with. I know, silly mom!
I did get a brief call last week because of the security thing too. It was great to hear his voice, but it was a quick call and scared me at first, I thought something was wrong. lol
My son is also ship 03 division 188. I am still waiting for a letter from him or a call. But I had heard they don't call again until half way thru. But boy do I miss him, he is my youngest. And like you said not hearing is hard. hang in there and hopefully we will hear from them soon.
Half way through is about right. I got a call at the three week mark ONLY because my sons Division did very well on their first academic exam...which happens on Week 2 Day 5.
spitfire8360 - if you are on FB ~ https://www.facebook.com/groups/303109586434423/?bookmark_t=group
thanks, I just put in a request to join.
Hi Jordan's mom - Motorwife - if you are on FB ~ https://www.facebook.com/groups/303109586434423/?bookmark_t=group ~Lynn (Nick'smom)
Hey ya'll my husband is with your SRs.. They are in the same division and ship..