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3 weeks to boot camp

Posted By: Micki Pecinovsky 07-05-11

 
My son leaves for boot camp in 3 weeks. I am on such an emotional roller coaster, one minute I am so proud and the next I am crying! He has not even left yet. Any advice on how to get through this?

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Carla Terry Avatar

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My son left for boot camp in San Diego on June 6 so I am still on an emotional roller coaster too. He was in delayed entry for over a year so I had plenty of time to try to prepare myself. I remember counting down the months, the weeks, the days, and then the hours until he left. What got me through it and continues to get me through it is knowing that my son will soon accomplish what he has wanted to do and that is to become a U.S. Marine! I would suggest that when you do get upset and feel the tears coming try not to let your son see you cry. I know it upset my son when he saw me get emotional. Just enjoy the rest of your time together until he leaves. Continue to let your son know how proud you are of his decision.

Posted by: Carla Terry on 07/06/2011

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Micki Pecinovsky Avatar

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Thank you for the advice. I tell myself everyday to be strong but then all of a sudden the tears start. He is so excited to become a Marine, he can hardly wait. I am trying to be stronger every day, after all I raised a soon to be United States Marine!

Posted by: Micki Pecinovsky on 07/08/2011

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Kristina Petras Avatar

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Thank you for reminding me not to cry in front of him!! I'm trying, thank God I have my mom who I can break down with, we actually do it together! 5 weeks until our son leaves for Parris Island. He's been on delayed entry since mid Feb. 2011. thanks again!

Posted by: Kristina Petras on 08/10/2011

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Caprice Long Avatar

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I experienced the same thing, you are not alone. As Carla stated, her son was in the delayed entry program, so was mine. I actually sat down with the recruiter and had a good talk. It did prepare me for what was coming. The bad thing is that I had to experience his HS graduation a few weeks before he left. I knew that it was just a matter of weeks he was leaving. He spent a lot of time with his friends the few weeks before he left. We did spend a lot of time together as well. We had a going away/birthday party for him two days before he left. I was a wreck. He kept telling me I'm only going to bootcamp, I'm not going to Afganistan. It didn't matter I wasn't able to actually hear his voice for 3 months. The day he left was heartbreaking, I watched the van leave from MEPS. It was so hard to drive home. Now, I just keep remembering this is his dream and that I raised a great son (his dad had a little help). I also ran out a calendar of what they do everyday so, I cross off each day when it is done. It makes me feel closer to him by looking at the calendar everyday. Keep your chin up and know everyone on here is going through the same thing.

Posted by: Caprice Long on 07/06/2011

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Micki Pecinovsky Avatar

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Thanks for the calendar idea is a great one & I will do that. I think that will help me alot because I am a visual person. I am trying to keep my chin up, sometimes it just has tears rolling down it!

Posted by: Micki Pecinovsky on 07/08/2011

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Kristina Petras Avatar

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My son is about 5 weeks from leaving for Parris Island, he actually got bumped up so it's a week earlier now...I feel kind of numb. I have excitment for him, but worry. Bootcamp sounds long and hard and of course it is...I keep thinking can he do it? His dad says YES because he WANTS to do it! I ask my son, are you going to get through it, he says, Yes I am. He's my second of four sons. I never imagined he would be the one heading off to Marine Boot camp!! Thank God I found this site off of Marines.com. Thank you all for sharing your stories!! I know I'm NOT alone now....

Posted by: Kristina Petras on 08/10/2011

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