It is now 11pm on Tuesday July 3rd, 2012. You arrived at Bootcamp 7 full weeks ago. Tomorrow you start your eighth and final week of training. This is when you show what kind of student you have been. All you have left are final tests. A measure of your growth, a measure of accomplishments. You love learning. And you do very well on tests. But now you have learned to be tested in different ways. These ways are new to you.. but you are doing it! You are rising to the occasion. You are on the verge of being a United States Sailor! You have accomplished things that you didn't know you could do. You pushed yourself to limits you didn't know you had. You kept your head, even when it didn't feel like you were. You never gave up on yourself. You never stopped believing in yourself, even when you were terrified that you would. You have never had more on the line, going into finals, than now. You are prepared.
You have always been such an excellent student. You are accustom to getting top grades. This has been very hard for you to accept that PASSING and not being at the top of the heap is still success. Your goal entering the Navy, leaving for bootcamp.. was to SURVIVE bootcamp.. to PASS. The standards are high. The PFA is a huge obstacle for people like you and me. Passing the PFA is your crowning achievement. Whether you pass it your first time or third.. you WILL pass it, you will graduate bootcamp and you will move on to your A school. You WILL BE a United States Navy Sailor!
HOOYAH Seaman Apprentice (Erin's last name) HOOYAH!
With more love and pride than I ever knew I had,