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Supporting Your Son or Daughter

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>> HANK ROBERTS: One of the things that struck me when I went and talked to a recruiter as a young man was that he said that, "Wherever you go as long as you live, any time you see a Marine, you're with family." A Marine is family. You don't care where he came from, you don't care what color he is, you don't care what his first language was; he’s a Marine, he’s your brother. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: As a Marine, you've got an entire unit. You've got an entire Corps with the same set of selfless values, whose only job it is, is to look out for your son--your son's welfare. >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: They will take the time to show you everything that you need to know and help you get to where you need to be. It's just a great team. It's like an all-star team, an elite force. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: We're going to ask your son to do dangerous things. We're going to ask him to do difficult things. But we're there to help him. At the end of the day, we're there to make sure that he is successful. Nowhere else are you going to have that wide a variety of people that are all going to be able to work together, look out for each other, support each other and make each other successful. >> MADONNA SINGLETON: They really do watch out for each other. They watch each other's back. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: The relationship, I think particularly in the Marine Corps, among officers and the enlisted is one of mutual support and respect. >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: And you learn about each other. One guy may be a great leader, so you would take how he talks to people or how he does what he does with certain individuals. You take it and put it in your toolbox like, yeah, I learned something from him. And it just keeps building. It's nothing but like a pyramid, just builds and builds and builds. >> PATRICK HARRIS: Well, what I tell parents that--what they need to know about their sons joining the Marines is that they're going to be taking very good care of them. >> MADONNA SINGLETON: It's nice to have somebody looking out for him and know that they are looking out for each other. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: I can tell you that based off of my experience, that if their--if their son or daughter is qualified to be a Marine and has the desire to take on the challenge, that they're going to have a group of Marines who--whose only purpose really is to see their son or daughter succeed. 00:02:06:10
 

While away from home, your son or daughter will find a place within the Marine family. He or she will still need your love and support, but brotherhood amongst Marines will keep him or her as safe as possible.

The recruiter will likely be the first Marine who demonstrates this commitment. This is the Recruiter’s Role. Many Marine Poolees get to know their recruiter well and rely on them during the decision and sign-up process, and to help them prepare for Marine Corps Recruit Training.

During Recruit Training, the members of the platoon will rely on each other. They bond like family. The instructors are their teachers, preparing them well for the challenges ahead: MOS training and deployment.

During service, Marines to their left and right will be looking out for them. Senior Marines and officers are there to make sure they grow, learn and advance as warriors and people.

We make sure that although leaving family and home, maybe even for the first time, your Marine will be supported and become part of our Marine family.

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Mary Beattie Avatar

Mother

My son, who is my pride and joy, enlisted into the Marine Corps. on March 3rd, 2012 while still in high school. He has been in the Delayed Entry program and attended Poolee events every Tuesday and 2nd, Saturday. For each Poolee event he has to drive 1 hour each way, and has perfect attendance. I applaud the Marine Corps for their dedication to these Poolee events, i can't begin to say how far my son has already grown and matured. He started with 1 pull up and now on a good day he can do almost 20! They have done an excellent job preparing him for basic training with PT and education for the RTraining experience. I just want to say that these Recruiters we have worked with are stellar. They have given my son and our family so much and we will never forget them. My son also got the MOS he had hoped for which is Infantry/Recon. He is living his life long dream, he leaves for Recruit Training on 2/10/13. I know I will miss him dearly but it helps to know that he has found his passion. I believe he will be a great Marine.....

Posted by: Mary Beattie on 01/31/2013

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Christina Duffy Avatar

Mother

My son leaves for Paris Island 1-28-13 not sure what to expect.
Up to now have been trying not to think about it. I know it's
going to be a very emotional weekend. He's very close to his twin sister
and little brother but I know this is best for him. He has direction. For the next 13 weeks I'm going to be living for those letters, checking the weather in Parris Island etc. He has never been away from home.But he says he's ready. I don't know any other mothers that have sons in the marines or any branch of the military.

Posted by: Christina Duffy on 01/23/2013

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charles hessler Avatar

Former Marine

Hello everyone, I have to first start off with I enlisted into the Marines at the age of 17 (turned 18 in bootcamp) I served 21 years both in Combat and 2 tours on the Drill Field (89-91 MCRD PI) and (96-00 MCRD SD) I have a son that just left for bootcamp and understand NOW what parents are going thru with concerns questions.... The Marine Corps websites are nothing short of outstanding keeping faimlies informed on who what when where and how....I salute them.... "During service, Marines to their left and right will be looking out for them." this statement is 100% accurate. Your son or daughter will agree once they earn the title. If you all have any questions or stories please let me know or post them....we all can stick together to.....

Posted by: charles hessler on 11/14/2012

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Isabel Huerta Avatar

Mother

Thank you... My son had us sign for him this past summer. It has been his dream to become a Marine since he was 12 yrs old. He asked me to look for a Marine program for children and luckily I found the Young Marine's program. He is in high school and will be going in after he graduates from high school...

Posted by: Isabel Huerta on 12/30/2012

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Jeannie May Avatar

Mother

Hi - My son just turned 18, is a senior enrolled in an accredited high school. He is in the dual enrollment program, meaning he takes courses at a community college and does any high school additionally as independent study with an instructor meeting weekly. Because it is an independent study program, he needs 15 units of college classes, which I understand. However, I cannot seem to get a list of what those credits need to be. He has, at this point, 3 hours of English, 4.5 units PE, 20 units of Automotive. He is currently enrolled in 4 units of Science and 3 units of Arabic.

Can anyone help me find out what of these will count towards the 15 units? We've spoken with the office in Santa Barbara on the phone, but they won't see him until he has the college units complete. We need to know so we can plan to pick up what units he needs next semester, as he graduates high school in June.

His career goal for years has been to join the marines, I've actively encouraged it, but I'm stymied by the lack of assistance by the recruiters on this issue. Any suggestions?

Thank you,
Jeannie

Posted by: Jeannie May on 11/13/2012

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cynthia reece Avatar

Mother

Hello everyone! My son graduated parris island in August. As a parent it is hard to see your child go out on their own for the first time and become young adults. You miss them terribly and worry all the time because the only communication you can have with them is letters. However, rest assured they are well taken care of! The DI's and medical staff there are the best! All of your recruits are in great hands and once the letters start coming in from them you will feel so much better. I would beat my mailman to the mailbox everyday! If anyone has any questions about boot camp please feel free to ask.

Posted by: cynthia reece on 10/04/2012

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Luiz Bastos Avatar

Father

My son has just started Phase III of boot camp. He says he cries at night and feels like he is a prison. misses his friends. Is that a normal feeling they go through?

Posted by: Luiz Bastos on 10/15/2012

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Randi Hudson Avatar

Mother

My son (KJ) shipped out 9/18. I'm waiting on an address so we can attack him with letters of love. Proud is not a good enough word for how I feel right now!

Semper Fi!
rsh

Posted by: Randi Hudson on 09/22/2012

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Paula Celpa Gomez Avatar

Mother

My son is also leaving for Parris Island tomorrow, September 4th. I am so proud of his decision to serve our country.

Semper Fi
Paola

Posted by: Paula Celpa Gomez on 09/03/2012

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Angel Wever Avatar

Father

Hi My name is Angel my son will be 18 next year, his plan is to go to South Caroline Greenville July 22, to Parris Island to be a Us Marine my question is

(a) do the US Marine have a recruit center or office in Greenville South Caroline? If so do they have a phone number?

b) when he arrive and talk to a recruit how is the process? how long it will take for him to do the test and how long does it take to do the medical test?

(c) after he is done with his both test,How long it will take to be ready to go to boothcamp?

(d) can we know in advance the graduation date ?

I just need information

Hope you can answer me some of this question.

Thank you

Angel

Posted by: Angel Wever on 08/30/2012

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Mary Alexander Avatar

Mother

My son leaves for Parris Island on September 4th and I can't help but be worried but am so proud of him for the sacrifice and service that he is willing to make to protect our freedom. Any other Moms out there who have children in the same time frame?

Semper fi,
Mary

Posted by: Mary Alexander on 08/22/2012

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Luiz Bastos Avatar

Father

Hi there Mary,
My son went on the 13th August. almost completed 2 weeks and finally got mail to be able to write to him. Brave son you have and don't worry , the SSgt and drill instructors will take good care of him like they do to all. Obviously he will feel completely lost but that is the whole part of making making him a marine. Was your son in ROTC ?
God bless
Luiz

Posted by: Luiz Bastos on 08/24/2012

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Loretta Huss Avatar

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Yes, our son leaves the 4th also. Originally was scheduled for Oct 15th so it was a bit of a surprise. He is ready though...Not sure if we are but so so proud of his decision. We are from NJ (how about you). He leaves from Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn. Are you planning on going?

Posted by: Loretta Huss on 08/28/2012

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Rene Berthold Avatar

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Hi Mary,
My son left Sept 8th, I'm the biggest worrierer, of a mother you ever met, my son that left was my youngest, and I'm an "empty nester" now. I also am proud of my son because this has been is dream since he was a little boy and now is following his dream. I beleave the time frame is the same. I write him everyday and I cry every day, It's hard but I know that I raised him to be indapendent and I know that he's taken care of by the best!
Rene

Posted by: Rene Berthold on 09/28/2012

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Luiz Bastos Avatar

Father

My son Daniel is 18 years old and entered Boot camp at Parris Island on the 13th August 2012.
I really hope that 4 years of ROTC and the rifle team will help him through his 12 weeks.
Early days but hope to receive mail from him soon.
It is his dream.
Good luck son
Dad

Posted by: Luiz Bastos on 08/15/2012

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Luiz Bastos Avatar

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Finally got news from Daniel and can send letters to him.

Very proud of him
Dad

Posted by: Luiz Bastos on 08/23/2012

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Andrea Worrall Avatar

Family

My cousin left for Parris Island July 23rd, it was a bittersweet day for our family. We could not be more proud of him and his commitment to serve. You have to know that "cousin" for our family is more like brother/sister, niece/nephew for our family, not a distant relative you only see on major holidays. I pray for him and think about him daily. We got the first letter from him this weekend, it was great to hear from him, but he said the mental/emotional part of his training is difficult. His mom passed away suddenly a year ago and I know that loss is weighing on his mind. When you say a prayer for your Marine please say one for mine too. I will be praying as always for all the men and women that have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe.

Posted by: Andrea Worrall on 08/06/2012

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Jody Schott Avatar

Mother

Andrea,

My son left for Parris Island on July 23, 2012 as well. Like you, I did receive a letter from my son this past weekend (August 4, 2012). Unlike your cousin, my son told me that he was ok and that it wasn't actually that bad, once you get used to it. However, he also wrote a friend from high school and told her that boot camp sucked. :) After learning that, I took it upon myself to "read between the lines" and I do realize that it probably is a very hard time for them. Much less admitting it. I'm sure that your cousin is probably going through alot of emotions right now. Unlike your situation, my son has not gone through the great loss that your cousin has.....I'm sure it's extrememly difficult. Please try to keep your letters to him upbeat and positive. Talk about your day at home, graduation, and tell him that you are very proud of him. Try to write to him as often as you can, as Mail call is their highlight of their day. If you don't mind me asking.....what Batallion, Platoon number and company is your cousin with? I'm wondering if he and my son are together......

Your cousin is definately in my thoughts and prayers......

~Jody

Posted by: Jody Schott on 08/07/2012

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Karen Nutt Avatar

Mother

Our youngest and only son is scheduled to leave next Monday, July 16 for boot camp. He has been looking forward to this, and working on this goal for over a year now. We as his parents, could not be more proud. Me as a mother, I am scared. I have respected the Marines for many years, just by the way they honor America, one another and others. When our son said he wanted to join, I knew it was the right decision for him.
Yes, he is only 17, and I am now second guessing myself, I want to keep him home, where I know I can be involved in his lfe. I can't help but feel this emptiness creeping into my heart right now. He is such an amazing young man. He is so mature for his age, steady, strong and committed, just the right man for a Marine. I feel as thought the Marines will be his family now and he will leave us behind. We have such a close family, and not having him here is going to be hard. I know he is following his heart, and I support that. How do I get passed this?

Posted by: Karen Nutt on 07/09/2012

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Mary Beth Avatar

Mother

It is so hard to say they have grown up. We all knew this day was coming and now it has. Move forward is what my son says. It is a new chapter in your life now. One that we are uncertain of the out come. Know that the Marines will take care of him. I would not sign for my son I made him wait. It did not change his mind. You did the right thing. You gave support and that is what he needs. Stay strong your a Marine Mom now.

Posted by: Mary Beth on 07/29/2012

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shelly altman Avatar

Mother

I could have written this post Karen. I feel everything you describe. My son left July 16 as well. Maybe they're in the same platoon. I run to the mailbox daily and his letters make my day! I'm so proud! Stay strong, and I'll stay strong with you! can't wait til Oct 12th!!!

Posted by: shelly altman on 08/07/2012

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Betsy DesLongchamp Avatar

Mother

My much loved son also left on July 16 for San Diego. In my heart I didn't want him to go, but it is something he has wanted to do ever since he was a little kid. I knew that if I tried to convince him not to go, he might listen to me, but then regret the rest of his life not doing it. The best thing I can do is leave him in the Lord's hands, and trust that everything will be alright. I am so proud of him and want to give him all of my support, and I know that no matter what he will always be my boy. It's nice to know there are other mothers out there feeling the same things!

Posted by: Betsy DesLongchamp on 08/15/2012

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melissa finkbiner Avatar

Mother

Our son left June 10, 2012 for Parris Island, Iam glad we are a part of the marine corp family and feel he made a great decision. It is very hard not to tell him we love and miss him in person or on the phone, communication only by mail is very hard, because I haven't heard from him yet. Please take care of my son the Marine family. May god bless you all and keep you safe!!!!!!

Posted by: melissa finkbiner on 06/20/2012

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Maxwell Newman Avatar

Father

Hi Marines family this is my first time here and I'm please to be apart of this family.
My Son left for Parris Island on March 5th. I left form Georgia all the way to Bronx NY
to see my Son before he departed for booth camp and didn't get to see him nor didn't
get a chance to tell him in person that I love him and to take care. I've told him on many
occasion that I love him in person and on the phone but for some reason not seeing him
to tell him that I love make feel a bit sad. I know his new found family will show him love and
take care of him. I love you Son and may God bless and keep you and the rest of the troop safe.

Posted by: Maxwell Newman on 03/11/2012

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Luiz Bastos Avatar

Father

You can write to him like I do.
There is nothing better for them to receive mail from family and friends.
I told my son that he didn't have to reply and concentrate on what he has to achieve.
They don't get much time for themselves and the time they get I told my son to rest and relax in that private time he has.
I send a letter to him every second day.
A 1 page letter goes a long way and long letters also take time to read.
My son graduates on the 9th November and I will be looking forward to seeing him them.
Best thing you can do for your son now is write to him often.
Good luck

Posted by: Luiz Bastos on 10/23/2012

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cati cat Avatar

Friend

Can Marine familly or company adopt me please, i be their kid & they be my parents? please, please thx.

Posted by: cati cat on 01/25/2012

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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hi i still cant find the photoes of my daughter? nov co.4th blt plt4031 any one know where it was?? thanks liberty mom.

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/28/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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Iam very proud of my daughter liberty,she is doing excellent they say.I thank GOD for every day she is missing me also and we cant wait to see each other.this 13 weeks is along time with out my little girl or should i say my marine daughter,women.yes honey you will keep doing it,huraaa,daddy is very proud and watching you from heaven.I LOVE YOU MY CHILD.LOVE MOMOXOX

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/17/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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I LOVE THIS SITE.THANK YOU ALL FOR THE INFO

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/06/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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MY little girl liberty left july 9th,she will graduate oct 7,nov company.i miss her so much,i wish they post pics of what they look like now.she went from cheerleader,.to training 4 the marines,i miss her im very sad i cant talk real life to her on phone She is my life since her daddy died.IAM so proud of her. she grad.early from high school and started training, before that.she is so wonderful and i cry weekly for herf.she says in her letters, the hard part is over.phase 2 started 2weeks ago.LIBERTY FROST I LOVE YOU nd we r all so proud to be amarine family.oxo MOM

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/06/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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I SUPPORT MY DAUGHTER LIBERTY 100% NOV COMPANY. I WISH THEY WOULD SEND ME A PICS.NO CONTACT 13WEEKS. ONLY LETTERS.OK XOXO LIBS MOM

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/04/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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i miss you honey were going 2 be in sc 4 graduation oct7th love mom x0x0

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/28/2011

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ELIZABETH FROST Avatar

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my daughter l;iberty graduateds oct1,2011 nov company. i miss her alot my only daughter.she has to older brothers,we waited 9 yrs to have her and i thank GOD for her. her daddy died acouple yrs ago and im thankful ,SHE WAS REALLY A GOOD KID AND HER DADDY IS PROUD from HEAVEN. THANK YOU .MOM MISSING YOU.XOXO

Posted by: ELIZABETH FROST on 09/04/2011

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Rachael Pawlik Avatar

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My son left August 22, 2011. It has been really hard for me but I am so proud of him. I am looking to get his address so I can write but it seems that I am haviing a hard time finding it. He went to San Diego for Camp Pendleton. Is there anyone who can help with getting the address. Thanks.

Posted by: Rachael Pawlik on 08/29/2011

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Connie Danley Avatar

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This is my first time visiting. My son left on 6/13/11 for MCRD San Diego. He is an older recruit. He had wanted to join for years & was continually talked out of it. His first call out was in May 2011 & his paperwork was not in order & was not sent out. He waited 6 weeks longer for him to go. I received a phone call on 7/3/11 saying he was in ER at the Balboa Naval Hospital getting ready to have emergency surgery. This young man had never been ill & without saying never in the hospital. So signing his life away for surgery was scary for him. He came through surgery, had a corman, 2 nurses in a private room for a couple of days, then transferred back to MCRD being put under the care of a commander. "Stuck" in Med hold was a trying time during the month of July. I kept reminding him that God has a plan. Once released from Med Hold he went to PCP for a few days, but was able to move on to full time training. He joined into a new Platoon and is doing really good. He is now spending a couple days at Camp Pendleton for that part of his training. It is difficult to see "the plan" altered when going down a path. Keep the faith, prayers, and encouragement letters going. I write a letter every day!

Posted by: Connie Danley on 08/09/2011

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Bruno Himmler Avatar

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Our son started boot camp on the 18th of July. We are hoping to get his address soon so we can start sending him letters of support. We are currently tranferring old home movies from VHS to DVD. Fun to see the kids when they were little again.

Posted by: Bruno Himmler on 07/30/2011

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charles mcguire Avatar

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We are very proud of our son for joining the marines ! We cannot wait to see him graduate in Sept.

Posted by: charles mcguire on 06/23/2011

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Paula Pahnke Avatar

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My DAUGHTER left for Parris Island on Sunday June 19th, 2011, any other Mothers out there sending there daughter and want to keep in touch let me know! I am very proud of my daughter and worried too. lets keep in touch want to keep up on things!

Posted by: Paula Pahnke on 06/22/2011

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lulu cazares Avatar

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My DAUGHTER left Parris Island on June 17th and I know exactly the emotions your experiencing. You being worried is a natural emotion that we all as mothers go through. there is only one advice i can give you and all military mothers and fathers. WRITE,WRITE,WRITE,WRITE and if youu have some free time WRITE...especially female marines. their more emotional than men. i wrote my daughter every single day while she was at bootcamp. and yes you will run out of things to say to her, but the most important thing is that letters are always kept positive. let her know how much you love her and how infinetely proud of her you are. at some point she second guessed her decision to become a marine. and sadly it dosen't get easier after bootcamp. my daughter is currently in north carolina doing her mct, and i still cry everyday for her.

Posted by: lulu cazares on 07/29/2011

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Blessed  2010 Avatar

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My daughter left for Parris Island on July 10. It is her first time being away from home and I do miss her so very much. I to am also very proud of her. I write to her as much as I can at least once or twice a week and I can't wait to see her again

Posted by: Blessed 2010 on 08/03/2011

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Colleen Ryan Avatar

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in a couple of years I want to join the Marines, and when I told my mom about it her first response was "no, your not going". Now I understand that parents have a hard time letting go of there kids, and i have always been really close to my mom, which made telling her about my wanting to go join the Marines that much harder. anyways I havent told my dad yet, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me on how to break the news that i want to join the Marines to my dad that would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Colleen Ryan on 01/09/2012

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Sue Muller Avatar

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Our son, Scott, left for Parris Island on June 13, 2011. He should be done with processing today. We are anxiously waiting for the form letter so we know where and how to write to him. Scott entered the DEP last May and he left this week just a day after High School graduation. He did not seem nervous at all. I think I am having a harder time not knowing what is going on. I just pray he is doing okay and is not missing home too much.

Posted by: Sue Muller on 06/17/2011

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mary hudson Avatar

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Hello am a Marine Mom,My youngest son leaves for boot camp June2011 its going to be hard to see him go,this has been his dream forever,and his older brother is a marine also so yes am very proud of my boys!

Posted by: mary hudson on 06/06/2011

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Caroline Hipp Avatar

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My son Michael is also leaving on Monday June 13th for bootcamp in San Diego. It is going to be hard for me also to see him leave. His sister which is 16 yrs old will miss him terribly.

Posted by: Caroline Hipp on 06/11/2011

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Daniella McCord Avatar

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this is my first time here also.... my son Anthony J Lisi left for boot camp on Monday May 23rd. He didn't give me any information as to who his recruiter is or how i am able to write to him. I know this will be a good experience for him and he will learn a lot. I am proud of him, but i do worry also. I hope to hear from him soon.

Posted by: Daniella McCord on 05/27/2011

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Caroline Hipp Avatar

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Good luck for him, I am sure you are proud. My son will be leaving June 13th for bootcamp, I will miss him so much!

Posted by: Caroline Hipp on 06/11/2011

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Rochelle Misamore Avatar

Mother

This is my first visit to this site. My son went to boot camp April 3, 2011. I was very proud and excited for him. I have written several letters and have not received one back from him. He has written other family members requesting that I write. Does it take a while before they receive letters? In his letters he states that he is very homesick and cries every night thinking about his family members. This is my baby and it makes me very sad for him, however; it all sounds normal from everything that I am hearing and reading. Does anyone have a site or something that I can go to for information on his graduation. Family day will be June 30, 2011 and graduation is July 1, 2011. He is in 1st BN Delta Co Platoon 1063. Thanks ahead of time if you have any information for me.

Posted by: Rochelle Misamore on 05/02/2011

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KANDIE TRULLINGER Avatar

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http://www.mcrdpi.usmc.mil/graduation/grad_dates.asp
This is the site i was looking at for that info. Hope it helps

Posted by: KANDIE TRULLINGER on 05/17/2011

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Ana Checo Avatar

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Hello everyone, it is my first time here. My daughter recently joinned. She will be leaving on June 06/11 and she is EXTREMELLY happy and so I' am happy for her, at first I refused to let her go. I had a difficult time trying to accept her decision but once I realized how important this is to her I inmediately change my attitude and try to focus on what she likes, and understand that this is about her not me and that my job it's to support her in whatever it is that she wants, so that's what I am doing, however I still have my days as time gets closer, and I keep on wondering if she is going to be fine, she is very closed to her famly and has never being away from home, so I know its going to be sooo dificult. I 'm keeping busy planning her farewell party.

Posted by: Ana Checo on 04/03/2011

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Paula Pahnke Avatar

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She will need you and your support! Be sure to write her and tell her you are so proud of her! Give her encouragement, write about home even if its a small postcard, especially the fun stuff. She will come around soon enough. Please I just had my daughter leave for Parris Island on June 19th! Lets keep in touch!

Posted by: Paula Pahnke on 06/22/2011

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Peg Gunderson Avatar

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My son has been a Marine for almost 2 years. For all of those parents that have children in boot camp, Hang in there. If possible attend the graduation ceremonies. I am so proud of what my son has accomplished and what he stands for. His respect for others and discipline is amazing. The pride and admiration you will feel for your child is a feeling you will have every day. He has evolved into a great man.

Posted by: Peg Gunderson on 03/18/2011

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Audrey Viana Avatar

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My son leaves for basic on April 10th, he is more than ready. I am very proud of him, but I'm concerned about his financial responsibilities while he is gone. His recruiter told him that his pay will be deposited in the NFCU, but he already has a bank account. I just need to know that he will still be able to pay for his car, his recruiter told him that since we was in the service he did not have to pay his bills while in basic. Tell that to the bank that has his car note. I can put his car insurance and phone on hold, but his credit card and car payment still need to be made. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Posted by: Audrey Viana on 03/09/2011

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Barbara Wing Avatar

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Audrey, we asked our son's recruiter about this and found out that money can be sent directly to your son's account at home. Sometime, I think in the first week, they can request that a certain amount of money can be sent, your son needs to take the routing numbers from his bank and the account number that it needs to be deposited in. Our recruiter suggested putting those numbers in his address book that he is allowed to take so that he will have the numbers on hand when they are needed. The bank routing numbers and the account numbers are on the bottom of his checks and deposit slips. If you have questions about them, just talk to the bank and they can give you the numbers that are needed. If you have other questions, talk to his recruiter...they should be able to help you out! Thank your son for his willingness to serve our country from me, another soon to be Marine Mom!

Posted by: Barbara Wing on 03/16/2011

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Barbara Wing Avatar

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My son leaves for MCRD SD on May 9th. He is excited and a bit nervous and I am just nervous! The not knowing what is coming is the most difficult for me. I know that he will do well and that God will direct him the entire time he is gone. He has never been away from home, so this will be difficult for the whole family. His little sisters are not excited for him to leave, but we know that he will come home again to us after boot camp and then be able to serve this country wherever he is sent.

Posted by: Barbara Wing on 03/02/2011

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Ranae  Smith Avatar

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I know exactly what you are feeling, I felt the same way when my son left for MCRD SD. Have the sisters write to him and if at all possible attend the graduation ceremony. It is a great experience when you can meet and talk to those that helped your son become a Marine. The MCRD SD website is a good source to check for updates

Posted by: Ranae Smith on 03/10/2011

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Audrey Viana Avatar

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Barbara, thank you for the suggestion regarding my son and I am sure that your son will do well. As mothers we have raised children who are caring and dedicated to service and help others. Have your daughters write letters to your son, you will be surprised how much it will mean to him. My brother who graduated from West Point in 81 still has the letters I wrote to him and to this day he will share them with me.

Posted by: Audrey Viana on 03/16/2011

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Arlinda Bennett Avatar

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I haven't heard from my son in a long while, he is stationed in San Diego, California-Oceanside county-Camp Pendleton. I need to know if he is O.K. How do I go about finding out. Someone, please help!!!!!

Posted by: Arlinda Bennett on 02/01/2011

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Peg Gunderson Avatar

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Arlinda,
If anything happens they will let you know. I went thru the same experience with my son Chris while he was there. They are very busy and depending on what week they are in, might be in the field training. Go to the San Diego website and there is a calendar you can print showing that activites they are performing in which week. Hang in there!!! It's tough.

Posted by: Peg Gunderson on 03/18/2011

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Stacey Croft Avatar

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My Son left yesterday 01/24/11. for Parris Island, SC. My husband and I are very proud of him. He is a very stong person mind and body. If their is anybody that you can count on it will be him.

Posted by: Stacey Croft on 01/25/2011

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Terry tatro Avatar

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i am a proud parent of my son lance cpl robert habets couldnt be more proud of him.

Posted by: Terry tatro on 01/08/2011

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Lakesha Mathis Avatar

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My younger brother left on December 12, 2010 for the Marines. He was sent to San Diego, California. He is the youngest in our family. We love him and want this to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for him. I know he can do it! However, today he called Mom sounding a little upset which in turn upset her. I have spent my day reading all about the Corps even adding it to my favorites. I just hope that God keeps him and that he knows even away from home we can still support him. I want him to learn to lean on those individuals to the right and left of him. They are his family away from home. Although I don't have an address for him right now I have already written him a letter. As soon as I have a mailing address I plan to mail this letter to him. I believe it will be very encouraging. I love this country and find it an honor to have a member of my family serving to protect it! Proud Marine Sister!

Posted by: Lakesha Mathis on 12/22/2010

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Mark Valentine Avatar

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My son is in Boot Camp (Paris Island) now 15 Nov 2010, Is there a site to look at the boot camp photos ? If so where are they and can you send them to me? And do they send out a postcard with there address? thanks

Posted by: Mark Valentine on 11/22/2010

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Mark Valentine Avatar

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how dose this site work

Posted by: Mark Valentine on 07/28/2011

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Audrey,
Your son's recruiter should have the platoon information and address for your son. If you are unable to contact his recruiter, another option for confirming the address is to call the recruiting depot . We hope this information helps.

-LifeAsAMarine.com Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 11/22/2010

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Audrey Rodriguez Avatar

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My son is in 1ST RTBN Bravo Company Platoon. He started training on Oct 12th 2010. It really upsets me as a parent he has not got any mail from us. We send mail all the time and he had called home tonight wondering why we have not wrote him yet. We have I do not know who to contact about this. It is hard enough on a parent as well as the Recruit he is not getting his support letters from home. Can anyone help me with who i need to contact about a matter like this. No one seems to help me. Thank- You Audrey



Posted by: Audrey Rodriguez on 11/21/2010

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Lori Elpers Avatar

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Happy Veteran's Day!! I am so proud of you & what you are doing!! Love Mom (Lori, Evansville, IN.)

Posted by: Lori Elpers on 11/11/2010

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Lori Elpers Avatar

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My oldest son left for Parris Isl and 10-11-2010. I have not heard from him. I do not know his address or how to get it. I want him to know I love and support him. I want him to know how proud I am. Can some help me. Lori Evansville, IN.

Posted by: Lori Elpers on 11/03/2010

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yenny cuello Avatar

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my little brother enlisted in the marine whe hi say the news we could no believe today that is no longer here but it seems impossible that we have not heard much from the us would like to see it on video or get more news from the cry and we bried the tears because we will be waiting to see you soon as i said one day he has 4 mother who are waiting hemmy his mother and 3 sisters ivonne, yenny y sayne love it for ever..........franklin cuello

Posted by: yenny cuello on 10/24/2010

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kenyatta judd Avatar

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My son left for the next phase of his manhood 18 yrs & 7mos after arriving into this world. I have tried to teach him how to have character and integrity and now 2 months after arriving in bootcamp his letters have shown me that HE made the right choice. The USMC is building on the foundation that is within him. He is going through things that I can and won't try to imagine as a civilian however it gives me great pride in knowing that MY son qualified and will be a United States MARINE.

Posted by: kenyatta judd on 07/26/2010

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