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Some informational links:

http://www.recruitparents.com/bootcamp/graduation-sd.asp
http://www.recruitparents.com/bootcamp/base-sd.asp
http://www.mccsmcrd.com/Graduation/index.html

The week where you will FINALLY get to see your Marine for the first time in 13 weeks. There will be changes, they will be so appreciative of each and every generosity bestowed upon them, courteous beyond a doubt, they will dress a bit differently. In that I mean, they take more pride in their appearance, stand a bit taller, eat much faster and love a bit more passionately. They are Marines, they are in a league all of their own.

Now, lets go over the start of your packing checklist. If I forget anything please add to it.

1. Towels to wipe the tears of pride, joy, happiness.

2. Camera with a full charge and plenty of memory on the cards.

3. Cell Phones, fully charged.

4. Waterproof mascara for the ladies.

5. Comfortable shoes - there is a lot of walking on both days.

6. Jacket - the ocean breeze does make it cool in the early morning and in the evening.

7. Sunblock - Many are from places where its still snowing and the sun is bright when shining on MCRD.

8. Clothes for your Marine, they may not fit as they use to or you can always go to the PX to purchase new. Shoes for your Marine are a great idea as well.

9. Food or snacks that your Marine has asked for.

10. If anyone needs a wheelchair, please message me as I do have a list of places that will rent them. They are not available for rent on MCRD SD.

11. For those of you flying, take something sturdy to bring your Marine's Dress Blue photos home in. They would be horrible to have them ruined in your luggage. Maybe a piece or two of cardboard to sandwich them between.

12. DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE PARADE DECK. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. It is sacred ground to the Marine Corps.

13. Please take the time to thank the SDI's and DI's for their sacrifice, for making sure that your Marine achieved their goal. They do deserve a handshake and a Thank You.

14. Make sure Mom and Dad get their picture taken with their Marine. That is one regret I have as I was the one taking all the pictures. There are no do - overs, so make sure you hand off that camera and get your picture taken with him.

15. DO NOT let your Marine drive for a couple of days after graduation. They are sleep deprived and there have been Marines in the past that were in accidents. 

I am sure that I am forgetting something but this is what I came up with so far!

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!

"The Title"

It cannot be inherited

Nor can it ever be purchased.

You, and no one alive,

can buy it at any price.

It is impossible to rent

and it cannot be lent.

You alone and others before

have earned it with your

sweat, blood and lives.

you own it forever.

UNITED STATES MARINE

George L. Scott, Jr.

George L. Scott, Jr. USMC 1963-1967 - - - Author of "The Title" © 1990

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