Anyone had or have a recruit with pnuemonia?
My son was set for PIR on August 12th. The weekend before he called and said he had a cold and was not able to pass the run. He said they sent him to fit, but he still had a chance to pass the test before PIR. We were told by the PAO that he was running Thursday morning but our flight was scheduled before his test ended. So we took a chance. When we landed we found out he didn't pass. We went to PIR anyways, and afterwards got a 1 1/2 hour visit with him. Apparently on Wednesday he was diagnosed with pneumonia and actually hadn't run on Thursday. We told him to do as the doctors told him and keep his chin up and that we are so very proud of him. The one thing he did say was he didn't want to go to RCU. Well all week we have been waiting for a call or letter from him. Finally today he called. He is in RCU. He is so very depressed. He hates it. He said that he is not sure if he wants to stay if he has to stay there. He said in a way they make you feel worse for being in RCU. Now I know this might be just his experience, but it just breaks my heart. He said he has two more weeks there at least. He said they only receive mail on Monday's. Not sure if that is true. He did give me his new address. I told him I would support him no matter what he decides, but that he should try and speak to someone about how he is feeling. (i.e. needing all the encouragement he can get) I just want to be able to keep his spirits up. It is so hard getting these phone calls and knowing you have little power over the situation. I know he is a man, but he will always be my baby. Reading some of the information about RCU makes one wonder if they are there to help or weed out those less desired. I know boot camp is a mind game, but when they are injured or sick, shouldn't they motivate them to succeed?
Encourage your son to continue! My son survived the pnuemonia, a broken leg, and a couple of more illnesses. It was very difficult for him to be in RCU but through tons of support he did survive it-for six weeks! He attended church, bible study and choir and worked to be a sounding board for other recruits. He missed his graduation date on August 20, 2010, returned to another division the first part of September, 2010 and graduated from boot camp October 1, 2010. In his new division one of his superiors told him at graduation that he admired and respected the men and women who come back into a division from RCU the most because they have more challenges to conquer! He can do it! Keep the letters coming and be there to answer phone calls. In RCU you will hear from him about once a week. As difficult as it was, my son's challenges taught him what he can handle. One of the first things he told me after graduating was, "I did it all by myself (meaning without family there, although the letters and cards were pouring in)." Today he is so much stronger as a man and a person and I know it was all of his experience last year with boot camp and RCU. It does end!
Hang in there and please encourage your son to also. He will get through this!
My son was sent to RCU halfway through boot camp and returned to a division six weeks later and graduated. After working through RCU your son will probably graduate with a different division although I have heard of recruits in RCU graduating without doing PIR. They will let him know what he will be doing. He is almost there and he will get through this. Hang in there! I absolutely know how hard this is-this site is so great for support.