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    Amen to that!!! Like I have said many times, the DIs are nothing short amazing

    Graduation Day is the second greatest day of a Marine Parent's life; Second only to the day your Marine was born.


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    I understand what your son is talking about, dono. It's going to get a lot better for him. The worst time for me was right around the third or fourth week and it was for the same reasons...hardly any motivation within the platoon since everyone was homesick. After the fourth week we started field training and rifle qualification which is the funnest part of boot camp. It's only going to get better for him from here on out


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    During my sons time at Boot Camp I received only one discouraging letter and believe it or not, it was for generally the same reason as your sons. The platoon was overall homesick as well as physically sick with everything from pink eye to strep throat.... After a week or so of being un-motivated and sick they all seemed to bounce back and really started working as a team. My son said after that, the time started to fly and before he knew it, it was time for the Crucible.


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    This must be very common. My son had a lot of compliants during Phase One that some in the Platoon would not pull their own weight. It passed though and they became very close.


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    When I look at my own letters from boot camp (my parents saved all of mine) I found it funny. The week before rifle range I was depressed I had been on light duty that whole week for cellulitus (I didnt have it bad, it just wasnt clearing up turns out my body is 100% resistent to rephrampryn the drug given to clear up cellulitus) anyways in one letter I begged my parents to come up with any excuse to get me home (at that point I was getting dogged pretty hard by the DIs and recruits for being on light duty) I'm pretty ashamed of that letter actually and I dont remember exactly what happened but my next letter was very upbeat I was motivated and had decided to change from being a Marine Reservist to Active Duty (got it finalized the last week of boot camp) So about the end of first phase and the beginning of second phase, recruits go through more emotions than a pregnant lady who is self concious about her belly being big.


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    Good insight from all. That bit about changing from Reservist to Active reminded me that I have some concerns in that area. In fact I mentioned it to our recruiter who I saw yesterday. He suggested that I remind my son what his ultimate goal is - to be a Marine Corps officer.

    Anyone else have the experience of switching from Reserve to Active while at boot?


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    dono, i remember my son saying the same thing about some recruits lack of moto. he also said that it all changes in SOI .training in SOI was very tough and was what he was looking for in boot.if you couldnt hack it you were gone


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    Keep in mind that the whole purpose of boot camp is to make basically trained Marines. The drill instructors are still in the process of breaking down the recruits and making them understand that they can not succeed as individuals. It takes them a month and some change to weed out the bad apples and make everyone come to the realization that they need to watch out for that recruit on their left and right just as much as themselves. Usually by the 5th or 6th week, they'll get in a groove and start to figure it out. Just let your son know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.


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    I have told him to keep his act together and trust the process.


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    It's really mind over matter.


  11. #71
    Hello Don, seeing your location is Johnson City is that TN? I wish you as a Recruit Dad the very best. Having served for a little over thirty years and spent three tours on Parris Island I know that you are both nervous and proud. Be more proud than nervous. Your son is in the best place he can be. During recruit training there will be a time to discuss the "future" with Marine planners. Having said that, we are at war in two fronts and there are no guarantees, at all. I wish your son nothing but the best, and you as well sir.


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    [quote=DIUSMC;413490]Hello Don, seeing your location is Johnson City is that TN? /quote]

    Tennessee it is. aka - God's Country. At least the upper east is. Get much west of Nashville and you might as well be in Arkansas.
    Yes - My recruit and I completely understand his situation and the needs of the Corps comes first. I also can trust the process; but from lived experience, including a hitch in USAF, I also know to keep a lookout for #1 as well. I'm not disagreeing with you - just saying that he has been told that he shows promise for the officer track. I know recruit training is not where that gets determined. It's a step in a process that was presented to us as a potential track to his goal.


  13. #73
    The incoming letters have slowed down. We received two on Monday. I had gotten spoiled with the regularity! This is swim week so he's probably spending all his time drying out his gear. Still sending one a day.

    I'm nailing down plans for graduation. Have a line on a condo near the gate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dono View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DIUSMC View Post
    Hello Don, seeing your location is Johnson City is that TN?
    Tennessee it is. aka - God's Country. At least the upper east is. Get much west of Nashville and you might as well be in Arkansas. ...
    Amen Dono! I grew up in McMinnville. I was on the Championship Team that kicked the heck out of Father Ryan. But alas Oak Ridge cleaned our clock.


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    My son played for Science Hill, though I am a Dobyns-Bennett graduate. Poor ol' D-B seems to stumble in the playoffs every year. I believe McMinn Central upset them this year.


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