FAMILY DAY/GRADUATION INFORMATION
Posted By: Sandra Burns 12-15-10
Just a heads up for the ones who don't know this information/don't know the Beaufort, SC area.
First, you guys can find the training schedule in the PI website, you can see a weekly and daily schedule of what your son/daughter is doing. I know my daughter was happy to know that I was very involved in what she was doing, plus that is something else you can write about. The website also has the schedule for The Crucible, which is the week before they graduate. Usually Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning they have the ceremony when they receive the EG&A (Which means they are not recruits anymore, they are MARINES) and get to eat a breakfast buffet. When my daughter was in boot camp The Crucible started three days earlier because the following Monday was Thanksgiving Day. Sunday, after The Crucible is Liberty Sunday, you will receive a call from your son/daughter. In my case I got two calls, one on Thanksgiving Day, which I wasn't expecting, and the other one on Liberty Sunday.
Family Day is on Thursday. Start with Motivational Run at 7:00am-08:00am, don't miss it. It is very emotional to see your kid for the first time in 3 months, @ 10:00am they are free to spend 5 hours with their families and friends, they can eat whatever you want to bring for them. I know that seems a lot of time, but those 5 hours are not enough to make up the time you have been without your child.
Graduation: @ 9:00am, but make sure you get there before 8am to get good seats. Believe or not, the best place to sit is not front to them, it is on the side of the field, because at the end of the ceremony they all march around the field and you get will be able to get a very close shot of your child also record they whole march. It was very nice!
One more thing, my daughter graduated on December 3rd. It was freezing cold and windy. We were not expecting, so my advice is to keep checking the weather, but just in case bring jackets, hats, and blankets, specially if you have young children with you.
Almost forgot to tell you guys, there is a Days Inn in Beaufort, it is less than 5 minutes away from the base, it is the closest place I saw in the area. Beaufort it's a beautiful place with a lot of restaurants and stores. Check the PI website to find out what's your son's PLT color. It would be nice if you were that color during family day and graduation, you can buy nice t-shirts and hoodies in PI like "My son is a Marine", but also you can visit the Corps Store in Beaufort, which has a lot of nice things. I know also there are websites where you can order a t-shirt, hoodies, etc, and they can be customized with your child's picture and last name.
I know it is too soon for this information, but I hope this information help you guys for when you are ready to see your NEW MARINE!
After boot camp they have 10 days of admin. leave. My daughter left Monday for MCT (Marine Combat Training). It last one 4 weeks, so I'll be posting things about it later on, so you guys will know what to expect after boot camp. I will also post a helpful link for parents about MCT.
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