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charliep commented on oliviammcc's blog post Question about Basic Training
"It has been occurring to me as I see letters here.  You can prepare together for boot camp.  Read about how long it takes to exchange the first letters.  Look at video of what happens at camp and the weekly schedules.  Knowledge…"
charliep commented on TetsuDad's blog post Guilt Over Missing First Call From Boot Camp
"Tetsu, Water under the bridge, over the dam, wherever it goes.  When the call comes, all he can do is yell the message at you.  No conversation.  So you got the message.  He is there, safe and boot camp has started.  He will…"
charliep commented on EliseRN's blog post Graduation delayed due to needing more intensive PT
"Elise, One way to think about timing is to imagine a conveyor belt 13 weeks long.  A recruit gets on when he steps on the yellow footprints.  He gets off essentially at the end of the Crucible.  There are still a couple of days left…"
Jun 6
charliep replied to Marina's discussion Motor Transportation
"What you may have done already is research online. Type in "USMC Motor T." also look at youtube. There is a lot of information."
Apr 21
charliep replied to Marina's discussion Pollies
"What poolees need is to be healthy and fit. While in boot camp, they will work out so much that what they ate at home will not be important except that it supported push-ups, pullups and running every day."
Apr 21
charliep replied to All4Sgtjd's discussion Worried
"Here is what I think I know. My son is in the same general area. He was not allowed to bring a phone as some phones can be tracked and location identified. When we hear from him, the phone address says USO. The previous deployment, his calls were…"
Apr 12
charliep commented on Marine Parents Inc's group MOS Occ Field 18: Tank & Assault Amphibious Vehicle
"Melica73  This is the right area for tanks, There is not a whole lot going on here.  My son is now a SSgt.  He is on TDY and away from tanks but was a tank and section commander before he left and will be when he comes back. He is at…"
Mar 14
charliep replied to jellybean's discussion ASVAB score questions and MOS in the group For Parents of Poolees in DEP (Delayed Entry Program)
"I used to be in education and I live in a college town. The result is I believe in learning. If your son took his ASVAB and has 18 months more before he graduates, I would not be afraid to retest. Higher scores open up opportunities. What he has to…"
Jan 15
charliep replied to textbookcase's discussion Parent attendance at official ceremonies in the group USMC General Topics
"My son thinks much the same way.  He does so because he has been at formations for many of other Marines. When he was promoted to Sgt. he was at 29 Palms and we live in Massachusetts. His two brothers live in Phoenix and they drove up to 29 to…"
Jan 10
charliep replied to Marine Parents Inc's discussion Questions about MFN
"Nana1, There are so many acronyms that you will not need. But, you do need so many you will never keep up. Best course is just google "USMC acronyms." That will get you started. Look on YouTube for videos showing what happens, read some of…"
Jan 2
charliep updated their profile
Dec 31
charliep replied to 1~Keri (HCC)'s discussion A place for support for families of deployed in the group For Parents of Marines
"Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays, Our Marine is deployed and for the first time we don't know where. He made the effort to call his wife, us and his brothers today. Thank you USO. We went to church this morning and we are grateful for…"
Dec 25, 2016
charliep replied to largefamiymom's discussion son seriously considering joining the reserves in the group For Parents of Poolees in DEP (Delayed Entry Program)
"largefamilymom,  "Life" is not a video game.  Obviously you have some beliefs that led you to choose not to vaccinate your son.  Some say that he is protected because the rest of the herd reduces his exposure to whatever.…"
Nov 14, 2016
charliep replied to danelisco's discussion next pick up date for 0651? in the group MOS Occ Field 06: Communications
"ProudMa When my son was waiting to class up, he volunteered/signed up for for all sorts of stuff.  Some would be labor details, other stuff could be a MCMAP class, he got his hummer driving license, he umpired/refereed kids games. There is a…"
Oct 18, 2016
charliep joined Marine Parents Inc's group

MOS Occ Field 06: Communications

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Oct 18, 2016
charliep commented on Marine Parents Inc's group For Parents of Poolees in DEP (Delayed Entry Program)
"I like to expand on others answers.  One reason for not using optical brighteners is that they increase the likelihood of being seen by sniper scopes in the dark.  Not a good idea in combat. My son had RA, Recruiters Assistance, and I have…"
Sep 17, 2016

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At 10:50pm on May 19, 2013, 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM said…

Welcome to MFN, charliep…glad to see you!  Enjoy exploring our message board home at MFN. 


Look for a welcome email from Marine Family Network, checking your bulk/spam folder if necessary.  If you did not receive it please comment back to me on my profile page and I’ll send it to you.


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