Hello, my sailor just graduated AZ school and waiting for orders to leave. When he first got to Meridian, there wasn't enough people to start school. This school is taught by the Marines. They also bunk with the Marines, which means they will also work out with the Marines (alot more than the Navy, prepare), it took about 3 weeks for school to start, but once it started, he enjoyed it. (I have to brag, he graduated 1st, happy dance) he would have never done this in high school. The benefit from graduating 1st is that you are the first person to choose your duty station. It took about 2-3 weeks before he could wear "civies", we shipped his TV, XBox some clothes & shoes to him once we got his address. There wasn't a graduating ceremony like PIR. We did take his car to him. If you stay at the Navy lodge, you have to go through a lot of paperwork because the lodge in on the base. We actually ended up leaving early because we only got to see him once because they were always busy. There is only 1 place to eat on base (Subway) at the bowling alley, but there is a Starbucks in the bowling alley.
If you have anymore questions, please ask away :)
Did he take his phone?? We were not able to take him his phone to the airport. Will he still be able to call??
My son is currently in Meridian. He arrived on 11/16, was delayed about 2 1/2 weeks to class up (start school). Then they broke for Christmas for a couple weeks. School resumes again this Monday 1/6, for him. He is not in AZ school though but LS. A few thing about the base.. As far as cell service. If he already happens to have AT&T, he's in luck. The reception is good. My son didn't and had to walk outside to the other side of the base to make a call. He went to a on base AT&T kiosk and changed and got a military discount. He pays $50 a month for internet service. Skype is your friend! The Subway does take Subway gift cards but the Starbucks does not take Starbucks cards. When you go to PIR you can take him a backpack with his laptop, cell phone etc. Maybe a few civilian clothing items, warm socks, new underwear.. You can not give him this backpack until he gets to the airport in Chicago so you'll have to be planning to meet him there but he can take it with him to MS for sure and start using his cell right away. Don't forget the charger and headphones! Enjoy every second of PIR. Take tons of photos!! It was a once in a lifetime experience for me, I'll never forget it! FYI...Sit in the front of the balcony upstaires if you can!!! It's the best place to see your Sailor,watch everything, and take photo's.
My son is currently in BC but upon graduation will be going to Meridian for LS school. Where in MS do they fly in to from Chicago? I'm just curious. :)
My daughter has been in Meridian, MS for LS school since the day after PIR 12-12/14. Since this was during the holiday stand down class did not start until Jan 5th for her. Her graduation date is Feb 19th so with that being said class is about 7 weeks long. There are several places to stay in Meridian but they are all about 20 minutes from the base as it is in the middle of no where.
During the holiday break do they get to leave during the holiday break? If they stay, what did they do during the two weeks?