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Old 02-25-2013, 3:31 PM
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Default So it's done, my son is now officially in the Army...Updated...That Brat!

Granted, he enlisted in November and took the Oath etc but today he is waiting in the Atlanta airport to fly to Ft. Jackson. Did his second MEPS, took the Oath(again), and is in the Army now. We are SO proud of him and yet I am sitting here texting him(he has a 6hr wait for the flight but he is at the airport) and just praying that he is still Josh when he gets done. I know the military is not foreign to him, he has a pretty good idea what to expect what with his dad(yes, step-dad but the ONLY father Josh has ever known) a 28yr AF Vet and many of his friends in various branches of the military and his stint with the Marines at Camp Pendelton but I just sit here wondering where those years went. My nephew, who is 1yr older than Josh(almost exactly a year, 51wks lol) has always been his partner in crime, or co-collaborator as they like to call it, drove him to the final swearing in and he is texting me that he cried when he dropped him off which starting all of us in the family to start choking up. Damn kids, look what they do to you... LOL

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Old 02-25-2013, 4:17 PM
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Congratulations, Bugguts! What a proud moment Scary but proud!!!

My oldest is at the Naval Academy and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lt into the Marine Corps (Marine Air) in 88 days - not that I'm counting.

So, with that in mind, GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!
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Old 02-25-2013, 4:24 PM
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Congrats to whats goen on.
Tell him to go over the General Orders, Soldiers Creed, and the Army Song on the flight. It will help him while he is in processing for the next couple days to a week.
Send Him LETTERS!!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 4:58 PM
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Man I hate writing letters and he knows it but I will nonetheless.

Army/Navy game? Never watch it but considering I have two Army guys in the family and 2 Navy guys in the family I guess we are equally split on that one but if he comes back as anything OTHER than a Steelers fan we will be having issues. LOL
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Old 02-25-2013, 5:09 PM
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LOL, so he cant say Go Carolina Panthers?
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Old 02-25-2013, 5:09 PM
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Haha I remember my mom balling when I left. you mentioned it earlier, but even thigh you hate writing letters, write him lots. Its nothing after youre done but while you are there basic/osut feels like eternity ha. I know I can speak for every guy that was in myplatoon when I say letters help. Don't mention negative stuff or any drama from back home. Before you know it he will be done. Tell him he shouldve been heading to sand hill at Benning though
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Congratulations!!


It must be sad to see him go, and it's probably tough not to worry; but, I'm certain that your pride in his choice to serve our country will fill your heart with gladness.


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I'm sure I speak for many when I say we appreciate his service. Good luck to you both.
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Old 02-25-2013, 5:42 PM
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Thanks everyone! I won't lie, with it being Josh and I until he was 9 and I have never been a conventional parent, we share a very close bond and we have this wicked sense of humor that sometimes shocks my family and friends and his friends as well but we just laugh when people get all twisted in their undies of over. When he moved out last May and moved to Idaho, I was fine. When he moved to KY I was fine too. He would come home and visit and it never made me emotional, to be honest after a few hours at home with him I was like "OK, go hang out with your friends!!" LOL But, when he left here last Sunday morning(a week ago), we had to take him to the airport at 5am and his gf was with us. Well I hadn't slept much and when everyone was ready, I ran upstairs and wrote him a small note. The only paper I could find, was a stack of RSVP cards from our wedding 11yrs ago(don't ask me why I still have those LOL) and I scribbled a short note and put it in the envelope and called him upstairs to give it to him. I could not hold back the tears and he hugged me and we started laughing since I am not one to show emotion and he knows it and at the same time we pulled away and said "Moment's over!" and laughed together. I told him not to read it until he was gone but in my haste to write it, I had not signed it other than "Mom". No "I love you" or anything so I wrote "Your banana" As we were driving home from SFO I got a text and it simply said "Behind my shoulder" I BAWLED(quietly but still) and Bill, Emma(gf) and Riley read it and said "WTF??" LOL Years ago, when he was teeny tiny we used to do the "apple of my eye, cream in my coffee" kind thing to each other and one day he said "Your the banana behind my shoulder" and it stuck as our code speak. LOL Even now I smile because it made NO sense but 20+yrs later he still got it and no one else needed to understand it. As much as a hard *** as I am, my sons know I love them even if it seems to others that I keep them at arms length. Ugh, I have to admit this is tougher than I thought it would be and even though my brothers both served, I was 10-13 when they left and I never thought to ask my parents how to handle it but they've been gone 22yrs and now it's too late but they both served during peace time so I guess that would be different anyway.

Oh well, thanks for listening to me ramble. LOL

Sand Hill? I know mostly AF bases having married into the AF but growing up next to Beale AFB. I do know that after Jackson, he goes to AIT at Ft. Houston but other than that, I don't know much. LOL
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Old 02-25-2013, 6:07 PM
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Congrats for your family and your son most of all.

Trust me mail is important for a service member.

I can remember when they high lined a mail bag to our ship.

Those who received mail , those who didn't get mail .

Now days with cell phones and computers, probably not a big deal. Times have changed.

Back then it was !
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Old 02-25-2013, 7:03 PM
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Sounds pretty similar to me and my mom too ha. And she did the same thing. Stuck a note in my wallet and I didn't read it till I got there. Still have it in my wallet today. I have been in two years now ha. And just giving hard time about his mos. Sand hill is where all Infantry goes for OSUT(basic/ait). Just send him those letters as often as possible. Its nice to get mail every night when/if they get mail call everyday. And you mentioned he had a girlfriend... Just make sure she is super supportive and reassures him she is waiting for him and being faithful. Our Drill Sgts made sure to talk s#it about that everyday sowe were constantly hearing about how all our wives and girlfriends were cheating on us back home. Lol its stupid, but at the time, in that stressful isolated environment it gets to alot of guys. Lol and don't send food
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Old 02-25-2013, 7:24 PM
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Don't send food? Things must have changed because I remember packing care packages for my brother when he was in basic. Hmmm, is there a reason? LOL
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Old 02-25-2013, 7:33 PM
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He will pay dearly for it haha. We had a guy whose family sent some food. All packages have to be opened and inspected by the Drill Sgts, when they saw it had food. ***** got real lol. That guy had to stand up there and eat everything while we got the dog piss smoked out of us haha. Said it would keep going till we turned the bay into a sauna and he sweat it all out by watching us. Obviously that didn't happen so then they smoked him for being a buddy effer, and letting us all get smoked.. There was really no good that could have came from it ha
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Old 02-25-2013, 7:36 PM
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Good to know! LOL Although I am out of my baking stage(that was the 20' and 30's) so he's safe.
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Old 02-25-2013, 7:46 PM
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You said his ait is at ft sam houston, is he going to b a medic? Ive heard awesome stuff from our docs about that post. And houston is a cool place. I'm stuck at the Hood lol
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Yep, combat medic. So proud of him!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 9:56 PM
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LOL, dont send food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I went through BCT and AIT a little over three years ago those who recieved food never got it and recieved "special treatment".
One thing that will stick with me is a dad sent his kid in BCT in my company XS condoms and gay porn magazines. This had to be the day those who recieved packages had to open it in front of the whole company, LOL it made my day, week, month, and it still does when I think of it. : )
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Well, he just called me to let me know he was making one last call before he surrendered his phone. He is on a bus going to the base right now. Pretty sucky since his connecting flight that would have put him in SC this afternoon was cancelled and they just arrived so they won't sleep tonight since they are processing. I managed to not have my voice crack and promised I would take care of Emma and take her shooting etc. Damn that was hard. Why do I have this feeling of a condemned prisoner making his last call? LOL Ok, glass of wine or bottle of home brew, a xanax and breathe! I'll be fine in a little bit. LOL
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I read this as if it were my mom writing it, and know the feeling all to well.
Growing up with just my mom until my step-dad came into the picture there is certainly a special connection that is formed .I shed a tear reading this... Best wishes to you and your son. It will be over before you know it
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been about 24 hours since boarding plane. right about now i bet he is hating life and his drill sgt.
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been about 24 hours since boarding plane. right about now i bet he is hating life and his drill sgt.
No, he boarded his plane at 10pm CA time last night but I am pretty sure the rest of it is accurate.
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Old 02-26-2013, 2:19 PM
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He will be in reception for about a week, just chillin. lol thats where they trick you. You think oh this isnt so bad, but once he goes to his actual company and starts basic thats when it will suck haha. But I have always heard "relaxin Jackson" is the most lenient and chill Basic Training places in the army.. so should be kickback
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Bring ex navy, and my husband still in the Navy, I must say congrats on raising a child that has decided to serve his country. No greater pride than that, and you should take great comfort knowing that he is one of the few that make that decision. Everybody is right, write lots of letters, they make a world of a difference when you are at boot camp. Defiantly don't send any food, you can send pictures though, so those are always nice. I'm sure you will be getting a phone call from him before you know it. Best of luck getting through the next weeks.
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I can't even imagine all the emotions you felt taking your boy to the airport. Bless you and your family and know your family will be in my thoughts until he comes home. Your son will return a man.

When my daughter left for NC for college at age 18, I thought I would not survive. I have no clue....right?

Thank your son, for me, for his service. I have been sending boxes to Afghanistan for a guy on this forum. I have a new one to send out on Monday. I hope and pray everyone remembers our boys who are serving their country. They are our hope for the future.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:27 AM
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Well once he gets settled at a post and out of Basic and AIT, he's going to be getting all the goodies he loves!
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Basic training will suck for him but he will get used to it. Honestly the worst part for me was waking up in the morning. After that, I was fine. I constantly dreamed about being home.
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That will definitely suck for him. He is a night owl like his mom so this will be interesting but from what I understand he is going to drop like a stone after training all day.
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Be glad he didnt join the Marines You would probably go because Marine Drill Instructors are
Glad he decided to serve though you raised a honorable kid.




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Old 02-27-2013, 9:08 PM
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He's got a Marine Guardian Angel so I call it good. LOL
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he will have life changing experiences.
he will be a man when he returns.
but he will always be your son.
will he be the "same"?
probably not.
but is that a bad thing?
you raised him. gave him a very good foundation.
you love him and accept him. that will not change.
he's made an adult decision.
the army will hone him.
but you will always be his mother!
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I only have 2 pieces of advice for you to pass on to him:

1. Do the (sometimes) idiotic things they ask - there is a point to everything
2. NEVER VOLUNTEER FOR ANYTHING (except the military)
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How do I know he's mine? He always has to get the last word, even if it is only until they let him call home. Today I got this in the mail....



No note, only a Hawaii address that I know belongs to a gf of his who makes these things.

I don't listen to contemporary country but my gf Chely said this is the song that makes her think of me and Josh. She knows us pretty well for never having met either of us...

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Thank your son for his service to our great country. Army Strong Mom from an army family.
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