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Posted By: Ronda Pacheco 06-05-12

 
My daughter just left for recruit training today. It was the hardest thing any mother can do,saying goodbye to her child. Can anyone tell me how long it took to get the first letter?

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theresa banfield Avatar

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Our daughter is at Parris Island and it took about 14 days to get a letter from her and she didn't start getting any of ours for another week after that even tho we sent them as soon as we got her address. Hard to wait and we still run to the mailbox each day.

Posted by: theresa banfield on 06/18/2012

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Julia Hardy Avatar

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Dear Ronda:

My daughter is at Parris Island now (since April 16) and graduates on July 13th; I can't wait. I didn't get my scripted call; apparently the line was blocked. I got my first letter on about day 12, which should be pretty soon for you. Start writing those letters and when you get the address, send them in one envelope. She'll be thrilled to get them (they miss us too, ya know). My kiddo generally writes on Sundays and I usually get it by Thursday. As they get busier, the letters will get shorter and fewer. I have been amazed to "watch" my daughter's confidence grow (and her letters seem to indicate that her even thinking is much more organized) in just these 8 weeks. Ask your daughter to let you know what items she can have (some DI's allow protein bars); I have shipped small packages of tampons, chapstick, moleskin (the boots rub terrible blisters on their feet), cough drops, and silly quotes or pictures. Be sure and send family pics along with any pets or friend's pics you may have. They love that! I also sent my daughter Ziplock bags to put her belongings in just in case an angry DI "tosses" her footlocker.

The first 3-4 weeks were terrible for me and I was so depressed, worried and lonely; I took up a new hobby (jewelry making) to pass the time. As my daughter's confidence has grown, so has my own that she can do this and that these recruits are truly amazing young people. Never really experienced patriotism until now!

A great website where you can connect with other parents and get lots of other great info about MCRD and what happens afterward, etc. It is http://marinefamilynetwork.com. Also Facebook has a page -MCRD Parris Island, SC - where they post pics of random recruits weekly and you might catch a glimpse of her. Hang in there, Mom; it does get better!
-Julia

Posted by: Julia Hardy on 06/14/2012

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Cathy Vesey Avatar

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Ronda,

It took me about 3 weeks until I received my sons first letter. It was short but it was great to see his hand writing and to hear he was doing ok. It was the hardest thing he ever had to do but he was not going to give up! After the first letter you can write your daughter as often as you like. It takes like a week or so for them to get your letters but just keep writing!! It really helps keeps their minds in a positive place. Talk about home and happy things, just keep the letter happy and positive. Let her know you miss her but you are so very proud and you can't wait to see her on Family Day. I have to say, I was so nervous but she will be ok, they really do push them to their limits but they make sure they are safe. Stay strong and just remember that this is what your daughter wanted and you should be very proud of her!! God Bless!!

Posted by: Cathy Vesey on 06/12/2012

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sherrie colby Avatar

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Hi;
Your not alone my daughter Anita just left boot camp in Parris Island 06-04-12.
I was told about one week. hang in there Ronda we might cry a river be for we get are frist letter.
I miss my little one, when you get a letter let me know. what is your daughters name? my daughters name is Anita Colby.

Posted by: sherrie colby on 06/09/2012

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Martha Brown Avatar

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I think it took about two to three weeks, but that is also depending on how far you are from her. You could probably call her recruiter and get the address from him. My daughter went to boot camp two years ago and it still isn't easy not having her home. You have an awesome experience coming up. Family Day and Graduation are just awesome!!!! And the feeling of knowing that she is your daughter and that she made it. I know that feeling of pride is awesome and it just keeps getting better.

Posted by: Martha Brown on 06/08/2012

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Shannon Miller Avatar

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My daughter left April 16th and it took about a week to get a form letter telling me where to send letters to her. It then took a few more days to hear from her directly. Be strong during those first weeks. It's hard on her and you. I found that I old write letters and then sometimes just print up inspirational messages. I got a call about a month into it and while it was only all of 2 minutes it was wonderful. I would suggest printing up the training matrix to help you follow along what they are dong each day. It helped me to feel close to her. Stock up on power bars and stamps. Once she told me I could send them I try to send a package a week for her. Be strong momma! It gets bearable and the light gets brighter as it gets closer to graduation day. I follow the weather too and send little prayers to help them get through it all

Posted by: Shannon Miller on 06/08/2012

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Adele Connolly Avatar

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It took about 2 weeks to get the first letter which was actually a letter from the Battalion Commander. After that, my son's letter came a few days laer.

Posted by: Adele Connolly on 06/07/2012

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