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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018.
My son is 17 and in bootcamp. Never ever has he been to a psychotherapist nor has he ever taken any meds. The Doctor in bootcamp found psych meds in his record from a psychotherapy office in VA 2018…Continue
"Hi.. there is a chance he will not get the letters you send prior to receiving his form letter. I took that chance and started sending letters to my son immediately after the recruiter gave me his address because I didn't mind wasting a few…"
"Hi Mama Scha! I started sending letters as soon as my son's recruiter gave me his address and that was the 3rd day he was there. I figured if it worked he would have a letter to read. Sandboxx was the best decision I made! I send a hand written…"
"Be strong for him. Help him know that you've got things covered. He needs to focus on bootcamp during the time he is there and if he knows you're good then he will not worry about you as bad. Doing that for him will fill you with comfort."
"I'm so sorry and I hope that this all works out for the best. I know your heart must hurt and I will be praying for you. Red cross is another option. It's for emergencies and in my 27 years in the NAVY i have definitely seen it used to…"
"Jen, Thanks for the advice which I'll definitely pass on to her. It's great advice for all young people! Thanks for the info on EMs as well. I'll be honest, I'm really confused now as to why she switched. Will be interesting to…"
"Thank you Jen for the encouragement. Thank you for your service and so glad to hear it was a great career for you! She started out as a nuke ET, but switched last week to an EM, I believe. She said she wanted more hands on work balanced with…"
"My son left Sept 3rd, has played sax since 5th grade, he is in a 900 division and he is on the state flag detail. His PIR is Nov 8th because it took two weeks for his P days and filling the division. So, he will be there 10 wks."
"Spend as much quality time as you can with her before she leaves. It will hurt and that is no lie, but with a family/friend support system and NAVYfor Moms it becomes easier. Telling yourself to suck it up and be strong for her helps too. If you…"
"Yes very strange. I went from worried sick, to let me try to fix this, to angry.. whatever it was I will either have to wait to ask him at graduation or we will never know. I thought maybe it was a moment of truth scare tactic, but I just don't…"
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Jen, Thanks for the advice which I'll definitely pass on to her. It's great advice for all young people! Thanks for the info on EMs as well. I'll be honest, I'm really confused now as to why she switched. Will be interesting to see her perspective and reasoning as a young adult. I've always seen her as more of a hands-on kind of person, so this choice is interesting!
I've read your son's story to both of my teen boys now. Such an awesome example of how God answers prayer, even when we least expect Him to! What I love about the story is that your son can reflect back to it when things are tough, seems like God is silent, etc. and find encouragement because he knows God answers. And can use it to encourage others. Thank you for sharing!
I'm feeling better and better about things as the week goes. Typed up a "fill in the answers" letter to her with questions about BC, PIR, and life. Also found a hilarious cat meme to include. Hopefully the less emotional communication will help with her homesickness and perspective. Going to try to keep things lighter, Christ-centered, encouraging, and "the end is in sight" focused over the next 2 weeks in my letters. Hopefully that will help her persevere with a more positive outlook and finish strong.
Thank you Jen for the encouragement. Thank you for your service and so glad to hear it was a great career for you! She started out as a nuke ET, but switched last week to an EM, I believe. She said she wanted more hands on work balanced with paperwork. She said ETs are mostly paper/data. At least that was my understanding from our emotional call. She actually said she was interested in the ELT but didn't put in for it as she was afraid of not getting accepted and all the competition for that placement. Wish I could have encouraged her to go for it anyways! I'm excited for her life plans and thankful to hear about other women being successful during service.
Is there any advice you'd give her, female to female, that I could share with her in a letter or at PIR? She's talked with a friend of mine that was AirForce, but a Navy perspective would be awesome!
What is your son's rate? What does he want to do? I'm still getting used to the Navy lingo, and as a teacher, I'm always asking students what do you want to do as a career when you're an adult. Rate feels so strange, but I'll get used to it!
Thank you again for the message! I know she'll get through this and be all the stronger for it! Have a great day!
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