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Hello all,

I just got my email verified and quickly found this little area where parents of Marines and future Marines can socialize. 

So, my youngest son is currently in the delayed entry program and is scheduled to start his active duty journey in July, although I feel like he started the day he visited his recruiter.  From day one his recruiter began the process of getting him ready to be a Marine.   Unlike other services or more specifically the Army, the Marines actually take an active interest in preparing our children for life in the Marines.   When I went delayed entry into the Army, it was do the testing, sign the paperwork and then nothing for 6 months until it was time to go.   Obviously since the physical requirements for the Marines is much harder to achieve it requires constant physical training to make sure they are ready.    So really from day one, our life had already changed.  At least one trip each week (usually two) to the Seaside recruiters office and twice a month we make the drive to Salinas for the IST and for Poolie functions. 

Although my Son really wanted to have a "boots on the ground" job with the Marines, he accepted a happy in between.  He will be a Combat Cameraman.  Although we do not know which specific job he will get because initially it is more an area than a specific job assigned.

I will rummage through the boards and find areas of interest, ask questions and answer a few...if I can. 

I look forward to hanging out with you folks. 


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It would also seem I need to learn how to spell tomorrow.

So today is the big day.  Got Derek over to the recruiters station yesterday, said our goodbyes and made the drive back home.   So I think he is probably being sworn in as I type and then he gets on the plane to San Diego.  Hopefully by the end of the day, I get the phone call letting me he know he arrived safely and is ready to start his transformation.   After that, I guess I wait until I get the letter from him letting me know what his address is.  I probably know the address, but....that does no good unless you have the platoon he is assigned to.  So I wait.   My days start earlier now, since Derek had the morning dog walk duties, that chore now falls on me.  Heaven forbid the wife should have to wake up help with that.  I would hold my breath and wait for her to wake up, but I would probably look like a Smurf.    All good. 

Just remember, the phone call can come even days after. Not everyone call the first night. Mine came on a Tues afternoon. It just happened to be my day off or I would have missed it. And some people, for whatever reason, never get the phone caal. As long as the Marines do not show up at your door looking for him, it's all good.

Thanks, that helps.  I probably would have been stressing out all evening, waiting for that call.  I still expect the call but I do understand the system is not perfect.  It also helps to have information like that come my way, so I don't get worried over nothing.   Right now, I am hoping that Alaska Chris and his kid made it OK, it was touch and go for a bit, but then suddenly they were off to the races.    I expect he will be on later to give us an update.  

I imagine he will be, too.

I would suggest that you start righting now. Even if you do not have the address, it would still be great to have a bunch of letters ready & waiting to go when you do get the address. a great idea.     And....Chris just chimed into the chat.

Thanks again.  

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