I don't know if it's posted anywhere here on this site, but before he left my son's SSGT at DEP gave me a 'family guide' which includes a link to the recruit training schedule and matrix from Parris Island. My son was the only one out of the poolees to ship on 1/3, and it makes me feel a bit better to follow his schedule. It's from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot which is an official Marine Corps website. Here's the link for anyone interested:

http://www.mcrdpi.usmc.mil/training/schedule.asp

The training matrix would be to the far right of your screen with Adobe Acrobat as a requirement for download.

 

Thanks, friends.

 

 

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The training matrix is wonderful!  I have followed it throughout my whole journey through this....now, my son is in Crucible week!!!!  Whoa!  Still can't believe it!!!

Thanks so much!!!  Best wishes to your as well, I see you just began this journey! I encourage you to start writing letters now, write a letter a day, and have them all ready to mail the day you get the form letter with his address.  He will SO appreciate that first stack of letters!!!

Hi, mustardseed! Our youngest just graduated on Friday morning and he told me that he looked forward to each evening after chow because that is when the mail came. Keep sending letter to your recruit, not matter what. I sent along comic strips and funny syaings and that really helped him get through some hard times.

One thing I did as a mom to combat the immense sadness when I missed him was to pray for him...sometimes it was several times an hour or a day! It helped me feel like I was doing something on his behalf and it was also helping me, too! Best wishes t you and your recruit! The time will crawl and then fly!



mustardseed said:

Yes, thanks. I already have a letter prepared to send and am so looking forward to getting his first one. It'll be such a treasure!

When my son got his first mail at mail call....they put 12 letters in his hands!  I had written 12 letters in just the 9 days waiting for his form letter.  his first letter to me he said "thank you so much for those 12 letters, they were such a spirit lifter."  I was SO happy to hear that!

I have mailed one letter every single day since then, I just couldn't bare the thought of him not hearing his name at mail call.

I did the same thing as raimerword - I mailed comic strips, newspaper clippings, anything interesting going on in the world that would fit in a regular envelope without it standing out!

When my son was young he loved to read Calvin & Hobbes, and had ton of the books.  So I printed several of those comics, and mailed them.  He loved getting a small piece of his childhood while there!

Congratulations to you and your MARINE!  Just wanted to say thanks for this post.  It was just what I needed today.  I write my son everyday, and sometimes twice a day.  But for some reason today has been a really hard day for me.  I have missed him so bad and have cried several times.  Almost as much as I did the first few days that he was gone.  (He has been gone almost a month now) I pray for him daily, but I think I will have a little extra prayer time today!  Hopefully this makes me feel better and I'm sure he would appreciate it!

 


raimerword said:

Hi, mustardseed! Our youngest just graduated on Friday morning and he told me that he looked forward to each evening after chow because that is when the mail came. Keep sending letter to your recruit, not matter what. I sent along comic strips and funny syaings and that really helped him get through some hard times.

One thing I did as a mom to combat the immense sadness when I missed him was to pray for him...sometimes it was several times an hour or a day! It helped me feel like I was doing something on his behalf and it was also helping me, too! Best wishes t you and your recruit! The time will crawl and then fly!



mustardseed said:

Yes, thanks. I already have a letter prepared to send and am so looking forward to getting his first one. It'll be such a treasure!

My son is a member of mike company for today on the training matrix for P.I. it, blank wonder if Anyone knows why?

Is it F2?  That is still part of the forming process with their new DI's.  T1 - is the first day of Training!

no it,s swim week  the rest of the matrix has things scheduled even sundays

I guess because they are mostly just swimming that first day of swim week.  If you go to their official facebook site, you can actually see pictures of recruits during Training Day 19!

Well, here I sit with my Marine who is on his first leave and he has asked me to relay to all you parents these important tips to encourage your recruits during boot camp:

1. Letters, letters, letters... they get him or her through the tough days and the lonely times.

2. Comics and funny cards sent in white envelops... to make them laugh.

3. Single crossword puzzles or word searches to occupy downtime are ok when they are tucked inside a letter. He said anything that challenges them mentally like the Scrabble puzzles or Wuzzles from the newspapers would be good, too.

4. One recruit in my son's platoon had a gaming magazine subscription which his parents forwarded to him at PI. His DI inspected the magazine to be sure that there was no contraband inside and he took some grief for it but it was permitted. My son said it gave them a connection with the outside world and kept them up on the newest technology. That Marine was the highly respected because he shared this magazine with the other recruits!

5. THIS IS IMPORTANT! My Marine said that he really wished he had a copy of the training schedule with him...had I known, he would have had it! He said the best way to send the schedule to the recruit is to get a copy printed on paper and then cover the entire copy (front and back) with clear packing tape because it is more flexible than lamination. It can be folded to go with them to the field during wet or dry times. My son said that part of the hard piece everyday was "not knowing" what to expect each day. He said a few guys in his platton had a copy and it really helped them to know that the DI's couldn't keep doing IT (intensive training) too terribly long because they had a "schedule" to follow. It gave them a hope and you just gotta have hope!

6. Prayers for your Marine actually do work in multiple ways: one for them, for their trainers and for you as the praying one. Pray for wisdom, health, strength, protection, endurance, good application of what they have learned, obedience and submission to leadership, and good rest when they can get it.


KYMOM said:

Congratulations to you and your MARINE!  Just wanted to say thanks for this post.  It was just what I needed today.  I write my son everyday, and sometimes twice a day.  But for some reason today has been a really hard day for me.  I have missed him so bad and have cried several times.  Almost as much as I did the first few days that he was gone.  (He has been gone almost a month now) I pray for him daily, but I think I will have a little extra prayer time today!  Hopefully this makes me feel better and I'm sure he would appreciate it!

 


raimerword said:

Hi, mustardseed! Our youngest just graduated on Friday morning and he told me that he looked forward to each evening after chow because that is when the mail came. Keep sending letter to your recruit, not matter what. I sent along comic strips and funny syaings and that really helped him get through some hard times.

One thing I did as a mom to combat the immense sadness when I missed him was to pray for him...sometimes it was several times an hour or a day! It helped me feel like I was doing something on his behalf and it was also helping me, too! Best wishes t you and your recruit! The time will crawl and then fly!



mustardseed said:

Yes, thanks. I already have a letter prepared to send and am so looking forward to getting his first one. It'll be such a treasure!

Thanks to everyone for your care and support.  Raimerword please tell your son that I appreciate the tips, but I'm sure that I read on this site somewhere NOT to mail them a schedule.  Anyway, I am trying to keep myself busy so I am not thinking about him every minute of every day.  I still haven't gotten a letter.  The last one was date 1/1, but I keep sending mine out everyday!

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