Calguns.net  

Home My iTrader Join the NRA Donate to CGSSA Sponsors CGN Google Search
CA Semiauto Ban(AW)ID Flowchart CA Handgun Ban ID Flowchart CA Shotgun Ban ID Flowchart
Go Back   Calguns.net > SPECIALTY FORUMS > Calgunners in Service
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Calgunners in Service This forum is a place for our active duty and deployed members to share, request and have a bit of home where ever they are.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-11-2009, 5:27 PM
Angie's Avatar
Angie Angie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: So Cal
Posts: 472
iTrader: 7 / 100%
Default Cousin in EOD training, and I want to give moral support :)

Hello all,

My cousin is in EOD training in Alabama, and I got his address and want to send him letters and things to keep him from getting homesick. He's halfway through his training and his mom says he is hitting a mental slump and getting discouraged and sad.

What helped you get through training? What were you sent that you loved, what do you wish you were sent by family members? What did you not get to keep, or didn't really care to receive?

Any suggestions, ideas, personal experiences? Thanks!!
Angie

Last edited by Angie; 08-11-2009 at 5:34 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-11-2009, 6:04 PM
D53's Avatar
D53 D53 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 2,090
iTrader: 272 / 100%
Default

I know when I was in OSUT at Benning for 11B, I always looked forward to just getting a letter from my GF at the time ( now my wife) just a half a page of misc info telling me whats going on and knowning that her and my family where proud of me, always made my day. But to each their own. I am not sure what EOD AIT is like, if he can make phone calls or visit the PX, but usually once you get those freedoms back after certain fases ( once again, I only experianced OSUT for 11B) you start to feel a little more connected again.
__________________
"Because 4 inches is big to a midget" - Dave Attell
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-11-2009, 7:12 PM
Once A Marine's Avatar
Once A Marine Once A Marine is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East SD County
Posts: 1,170
iTrader: 19 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Angie View Post
Hello all,

My cousin is in EOD training in Alabama, and I got his address and want to send him letters and things to keep him from getting homesick. He's halfway through his training and his mom says he is hitting a mental slump and getting discouraged and sad.

What helped you get through training? What were you sent that you loved, what do you wish you were sent by family members? What did you not get to keep, or didn't really care to receive?

Any suggestions, ideas, personal experiences? Thanks!!
Angie
As long as he's out of boot camp, he should be able to receive and keep just about anything you can legally send.

The best would be something small (easily stored and travelled with), that has some sort of sentimental meaning, and a steady stream of updates from home. I'm not sure how that works nowadays with email and cell phones and text messages, but in my day it was letters.

Also, anything unique to home - for me, coming from Philadelphia, it was things like Tastykakes.
__________________

NRA Endowment Member
NRA Certified Pistol, Personal Protection,
Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
Glock Certified Armorer
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-11-2009, 7:31 PM
gvazquez's Avatar
gvazquez gvazquez is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The OC
Posts: 470
iTrader: 22 / 100%
Default

well, somebody has to do it, but I'd be pretty bummed knowing the death rate for EOD techs and what you should expect going out. I worked with EOD in route clearance and always wondered what those guys were thinking.... What is it that has him all sad? it might be his job
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-11-2009, 7:35 PM
gunsmithcats gunsmithcats is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,243
iTrader: 33 / 97%
Default

tell him to watch the hurt locker.


hahaha j/k
Personally things that helped were food from home, magazines, etc.
THings that'll make him smile.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-11-2009, 7:57 PM
M47_Dragon's Avatar
M47_Dragon M47_Dragon is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Fernando Valley
Posts: 1,271
iTrader: 11 / 100%
Default

Letters, letters, letters... maybe some letters, and oh yeah, LETTERS!

Throw in some personal photographs, maybe of friends & family holding signs that say "We miss you, ____! Can't wait to see you again!" etc.


And last but not least, this famous photo:




Hmmm. Okay, maybe not.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-12-2009, 11:53 PM
haiedras haiedras is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 518
iTrader: 107 / 100%
Default

Concur with M47.

EOD school is like a combination of rote-memorization cram school and an electrical engineering course, with a ridiculous drop rate. Anything you can send him that is encouraging and reminds him of why he decided to be an EOD guy helps.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-13-2009, 8:43 PM
5968's Avatar
5968 5968 is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,570
iTrader: 45 / 100%
Default

My favorite thing to receive from home while I was in AIT was homemade cookies. Nothing makes a day better than fresh cookies, and yes most of the time they were still fresh when I got them. Thinking about it now, even the dried out cookies were good. Bottom line is the food really sucked, but you ate it because you were hungry. Any food that came from home was very welcomed.
__________________
If you loan someone twenty dollars and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoffmang View Post
NFA is a long ways off as well it should be. Going after the NFA soon is like asking the girl you just met in the bar if she's into anal sex...-Gene
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-17-2009, 5:04 PM
EOD3's Avatar
EOD3 EOD3 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Thousands of miles from PRC
Posts: 954
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

My experience is "dated" but, back in the days of "USS NeverSail" the curriculum was VERY high pressure. A normal day was Classes from 0700 to 1700 and study hall from 1800 until around 2230-2300. The pressure was intentional and there's not really a lot that can be done about it.

Encouragement can't hurt! Every EOD tech needs a good folding knife (think Buck 110-ish) and maybe one of the SOG multi-tools (one of the EOD models with cap crimper and C4 spike) would be useful.
__________________
"I don't like repeat offenders, I like DEAD offenders!" ~Ted Nugent

"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." ~ Claire Wolfe
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-17-2009, 5:30 PM
Rob454's Avatar
Rob454 Rob454 is offline
I need a LIFE!!
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: so cal
Posts: 10,507
iTrader: 34 / 100%
Default

Anything bro. Letter a small gift anything. My family wasnt supportive. I had a few buddies who shared their gifts or letters. That got me through
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-18-2009, 5:50 AM
midvalleyshooter's Avatar
midvalleyshooter midvalleyshooter is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Modesto, CA
Posts: 1,420
iTrader: 83 / 100%
Default

Back in the day I received a small AM/FM radio from my mom. We huddled around that thing for news and music. In those days letters were the thing and cookies are always good. Pictures of loved ones also can mean a lot.

Thank him for his service.

Keith
__________________
______________________________________________
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-18-2009, 5:54 AM
Soldier415's Avatar
Soldier415 Soldier415 is offline
Calguns Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hilltop Watchtower Crackpot Command Center
Posts: 9,551
iTrader: 16 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gvazquez View Post
well, somebody has to do it, but I'd be pretty bummed knowing the death rate for EOD techs and what you should expect going out. I worked with EOD in route clearance and always wondered what those guys were thinking.... What is it that has him all sad? it might be his job
EOD Techs have a very low death rate.

Where did you do route clearance? Iraq or the 'Stan? I'm doing RCP in Afghanistan currently.

Oh, and angie, send him a blow up doll
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by harmoniums View Post
Absolutely, I've refused sale before.
My gut is good for two things, making poo and spotting crazy
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwiese View Post
Do not get your legal advice from Forest Rangers or Sheriffs: that's like getting medical advice from your plumber.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-31-2009, 7:05 PM
EODGrunt EODGrunt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 9
iTrader: 3 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soldier415 View Post
EOD Techs have a very low death rate.

Where did you do route clearance? Iraq or the 'Stan? I'm doing RCP in Afghanistan currently.

Oh, and angie, send him a blow up doll


I'm not sure where you get your data. Perhaps the guys you have worked with have been fortunate. In the Marine Corps, EOD has the highest casualty rate for any MOS. We are at around 8% deaths, 20% wounded.

The Navy EOD program is second only to the SEALS due to the incidents they ran into in Afghan.

I know the Army teams have had their share of misfortune.

Perhaps the different missions pursued by the different services explains it....

For example, few Marine EOD teams due route clearance anymore in any country.

Most Marine EOD teams participate in foot patrols and raids while inbedded with infantry and recon units.


Either way, stay safe.

To the OP....

EOD basic skills training is often difficult. The sexy image portrayed on TV is not seen in any phase of basic EOD training. Tell him to continue to stay strong and to not give up. If he makes it past Alabama (only the Army goes there I believe), he will go to Eglin AFB Florida to the Navy School. There he will be for another 8 months or so.

As long as he has good friends, a good support network and personal drive, he will make it. Otherwise the drop rate is very high.

Last edited by EODGrunt; 08-31-2009 at 7:17 PM..
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:53 PM.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Proudly hosted by GeoVario the Premier 2A host.
Calguns.net, the 'Calguns' name and all associated variants and logos are ® Trademark and © Copyright 2002-2016, Calguns.net an Incorporated Company All Rights Reserved.