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Discussion in 'The US Marine Corps Forum' started by conq, Nov 28, 2006.


  1. conq

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    I finally received a letter from my son at boot camp. He says he's doing fine, even though the DI's are "ruthless". I was warned not to send anything other than plain letters. He told me that he watched some unopened, sent-in packages "punted in perfect spirals" from the third story balcony. I am sure they get everything they need, anyway.

    He's still in Phase 1, so there's a long way to go.:patriot:
     

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    It will be over before you know it and your son will return a different person. First and foremost he will be a Marine. We think differently than most people.

    The DI's are only doing what they have been doing for a very long time. Making Marines.

    Give your son a Semper Fi from an old Marine who earned the Title also in MCRD San Diego 45 years ago.
     

  3. inkslut

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    +1

    Semper Fi
     
  4. Kodiak PA

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    My son just graduated MCRD on 11/22. The time does fly by. I have a suggestion to you about communicating with your son so you can get more info and make it easy for him to write you since his time is so limited.

    I would send my son letters typed in Word and ask questions that just required a yes or no. "Are you injured", "did you pass your test", etc. I then included a stamp, self addressed envelope and I sent these type of letters about a half a dozen times along with the other 35 letters I wrote him. He told me he enjoyed filling these out, was finished in a blink of an eye and I surprisingly knew what he was up to.

    Also MCRD's web site has a training matrix that you can download so you can see what your son is doing everyday.
    http://www.mcrdsd.usmc.mil/RTR/RTR_Matrix.htm

    Alo, visit Marineparents.com and check the forum there. There will be parents from your son's platoon discussing the going ons there and you will learn more info too.
    http://www.recruitparents.com/forum/default.asp?CAT_ID=6

    Good luck and your son will be home in no time! Pic is my son and myself at lunch on the day he got his EGA (Eagle, globe and anchor).
     
  5. taco101

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    Son o the hound

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    My son graduated in September. GO TO THE GRADUATION. Whatever you have to do, make it happen. I have never felt such pride for my son. They do one heck of a job on the ceremonies. :thumbsup:
     
  6. conq

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    Thanks...we're on Marineparents.com and are following along with the training matrix. They began Phase 2 last week and moved to Pendleton.

    We were warned not to make reservations until after the Crucible, because there's more chance of developing injuries and other things that may affect the graduation date.

    Can't hardly wait to see him, he sounds like a different person in his letters.
     
  7. Kodiak PA

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    He will be different, I guarantee it. My son really liked the crucible and they told us the same thing regarding airfare. My son is in combat training now and he lucked out. They are sending him home for 14 days recruiter assistance. Thing is he lives an hour air flight away from his recruiter so he is going to get that time off. He will be home Saturday. Good luck to your son. They take good care of the boys at MCRD.
     
  8. ctf1499

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    if you want him to do more pushups and get completely burnt up on the quaterdeck then send him a couple of pages ripped out of a porn magazine.. its all in good fun.. my buddies did that to me while i was in boot camp in 1997.. lol i was not happy then but i sure can laugh about it now.. :)
     
  9. squeakr

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    Definitely attend the Graduation at all costs. This is the one thing next to Marriage, the birth of a child, and a Death in the family that will be remembered for ever. My parents refused to attend my graduation and it has caused nothing but strife in our relationship (which in fact no longer exists, but this was just the starting point).

    I CAN NOT stress how important this will be to him, as it was a changing point in my life. You are never the same once you graduate, as you are now a whole different person and a member of an elite Brotherhood like no other, that will get you accepted everywhere.

    Semper Fi
     
  10. MarineCorp5811

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    I cant wait till i go to Parris Island. I am a junior right now and got about 1 1/2 years left till i do go but am counting down the days.
     
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    Your son will really appreciate it. My family did NOT attend my graduation and I felt just a litte empty. I know that not every family can afford it, but if it is possible, do it. It will make you choke on your pride. :thumbsup:


    I still go to them occassionally. Same result EVERY time during pass and review parade. Knot in my gut, tears in my eyes, lump in my throat, memories in my mind.

    I'm glad I go alone.




    Paw:wavey:
     
  12. conq

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    We are going...wouldn't miss this for the world. It'll be bittersweet, though. David's grandma, my mother, who was very close to David, passed Sunday.

    We are waiting until next week for the services, so that David can be there.

    Taking off shortly for the four hour drive to Milwaukee, then fly out on the redeye to Denver, change planes, then to San Diego.

    Thanks everyone for the replies...it's been a long three months!

    Conq
     
  13. charlisity

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    is full of it

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    If you are in San Diego on a weekday before the graduation, go visit the base. Sunday is the official family visiting day but you will get to see things on different level because recruits and Drill Instructors don't expect parents to be watching on weekdays. When your son tells you stories, you'll understand a little better after those sights. While you're at it, watch the Full Metal Jacket movie too. Don't worry, your son isn't getting hit by his Drill Instructors.

    Visit the parade deck, mess hall entry ways, the pull up bars next to the barrack entry ways, particularly the bars with dirt under them and the exercise yard next to the mess hall for Full Metal Jacket like scenery.
     
  14. Chief301

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    I always had at least one or two sets of parents come up to me after graduation and thank me and the rest of the DI Team for what we did with "their boy", I always got a kick out of telling them "well thanks for having him cause he's our man now" they always would smile and shake their head and walk off with new Marine.
     
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    Best of luck to all the recruits out there.:thumbsup:

    Semper Fi :drillsgt:
     
  16. mike55

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    My son graduated boot camp at Parris Island a little over 3 years ago. He told me that boot camp was fun and that he will never forget his DI's. It was obvious from his letters that the DI's earned every recruit's respect very quickly.

    He made E5 with about 10 months to go in his 4 year contract. Now he is in Iraq leading Marines on patrols. I think he has turned into an adrenaline junkie because he describes his work as scary but fun. I just hope that it isn't too much of a let down to get out, get married and go to school.
    mike
     
  17. MarineCorp5811

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    thats one of my main fears....getting out from the shooting on a daily basis to being a cop where around here the best action i can get on a weekly basis is a bar fight,if that. I am a adrenaline junky to a point, but it takes alot to excite me.