Can anyone shed any light on the subject of boot camp emotions? I'm new at this...but in a letter recently my son said he felt like he lost his emotions, like he doesn't know if he's sad or anything. Concerning, but figure they've gotta break these SR's down to build them up again. His dad (ex-Navy) says this is normal and being a sailor is nothing like boot camp
Marianne: Sorry that no one saw this discussion.....just saw it now myself. Bootcamp emotions for both the SRs and for families are all over the place. The good part is that this is part of BOOTCAMP, not the Navy. Once your sailor heads to A School, it is a different story. Yes, the military is strict and they want them to keep emotions under control, but on the day that your son becomes a sailor after BattleStations, even his RDCs may shed tears of happiness and pride for their sailors. Yes, they do break them down in order to build them back up. Hang in there. I hope you are going to PIR? You will see lots of smiles and pride there. Encourage your son that A School will be so much different. More freedom, more like a college setting....with restrictions. I totally agree with his dad! And, he should know! Thanks to his dad for serving our country!
I hope that your I'm a Sailor call is the best!