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Leaving for Boot Camp

Hello all,

My boyfriend is a poolee right now so I am preparing myself for him leaving in July for boot camp. Still having a hard time dealing with things. I support his decision completely and will stand by him through it all, but any advice on dealing with him being gone when he leaves? Thanks so much

Added by Taylor Christon on April 26, 2017 at 1:21pm — 4 Comments


Is there a special diet poolees should be on before bootcamp?

Added by Marina on April 17, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Marine/Recruit Girlfriend

Hey everyone,

My boyfriend left yesterday to go to Parris Island, Im still trying to figure out the best way to go about coping with this long bootcamp. I have a journal I plan on writing in everyday that he is gone. But I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to cope. 

Thanks everyone. 

Added by emilee.marinegirlfriend on January 24, 2017 at 10:31am — 7 Comments

Camp Wilson, 29 Palms ITX 2-17

Searching for Marine Parents Camp Wilson ITX, 29 Palms, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, Alpha Company. Thanks.

Added by Ethanpe3 on January 22, 2017 at 11:40am — No Comments

Leaving for boot camp

Is anyone's boyfriend or family member that left for boot camp today, January 9th!?

Added by Gala Valenzuela on January 9, 2017 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Is there any site where we can find Marines' Ball photos?

Added by HelicopterParents on November 10, 2016 at 10:25am — 5 Comments

Am I being robbed?

In a very short time I have a Poolee that will become a recruit. Like all of you, I am filled with pride and anticipation.

I told my son that I envy him. The things that he will see and do, the sense of accomplishment that comes from working as a team and the satisfaction of a job well done will be amazing.

However, I can't shake the feeling that I am being robbed.

Over the next 4 years ( at least ) I am not going to be there for a lot of the firsts that are going to…


Added by Kevin143 on November 2, 2016 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

Where to stay while visiting Camp Lejeune

We are going to visit our new marine this weekend and was wondering where a good place to stay is around Camp Lejeune. A place that has things to do around it at a reasonable rate. Thank you

Added by Jessi on October 24, 2016 at 9:40pm — 3 Comments

My son

How see picture of my son he is in Parris Island

Added by Jimmie on September 20, 2016 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment


Finally on September 1, 2016 after 21 weeks on PI (8 weeks in MRP) my Son earned the title of US Marine! He is currently at MCT expected to graduate October 11, 2016. So glad he is finally on track to his career. His 22nd birthday soon!

Added by ProudMarineMom on September 16, 2016 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

Dropped son off today

I dropped my son off today for bootcamp. I am going to miss him so much and I am so proud of him. I hope this gets easier.

Added by Jamie Fox on September 11, 2016 at 7:55pm — 3 Comments


My boyfriend is currently at SOI ITB at CP. His MOS is 0331 (machine gunner). He said there's a good chance he may be stationed at CP when he graduates. Does anyone know if the different 03xx usually get stationed at certain PDS's? For example, do most 0331's get stationed at the same base?

A post on the MFN FB page for SOI ITB West said that:

0311’s or Weapons MOS will be sent directly to a PDS (Permanent Duty Station) at any of the below…

Added by cbr0212 on September 6, 2016 at 3:51pm — 5 Comments

Not sure what to do

My marine is about to be stationed in Hawaii we aren't married and I don't see it working out. I don't want to leave him but it seems like the best choice. I've tried breaking it off but he freaks out and thinks it will work out. I just need some advice I'm tired of being long distance and alone.. I can handle deployments and all as I have basic and now school of infantry but with him going to Hawaii I just don't have any hope or anything to look forward too.. Any suggestions?

Added by Marines girl24 on September 5, 2016 at 9:08pm — 12 Comments

Losing him at MOS

Hi all, hope everyone is doing well. I'm sorry to post here, I'm just having trouble finding another support group and I really need some advice. I've been with my boyfriend for a year and a half. We've survived long distance, bootcamp, and MCT, and much more. He's currently in his second week at Pensacola for his MOS and is supposed to be there for at least a year. We've been in a pretty good spot with each other--I wrote him every day while he was at basic, and I got letters from him one…


Added by elle47 on September 1, 2016 at 8:49pm — 3 Comments

New Marine

Just spent Family Day with our new Marine. Congratulations, Son, we are so proud of you!!

Added by KyMarineMom71 on July 21, 2016 at 3:39pm — 2 Comments


My son is leaving to Camp Pendleton 7/18 a day early for his SOI training. Does anyone know where he can stay?

Added by Soontobemarine on July 17, 2016 at 8:32am — 5 Comments

Boyfriend Breaks Up and Promises to Come Back.

I recently read alot of the Blog Post about this type of thing...and it gave half answers to the questions in my head. But, None had what i'm going to tell you about why mine is so different and confusing...( he is a Marine in Training )

First off, me and him have been dating for 2 years. We've been off and on during our childhood. We are childhood sweethearts. We got back together on February 23,2014. That's where the 2 years come in. I learned he wanted to be a marine. I was…


Added by MaeRose on July 16, 2016 at 2:38am — 1 Comment

Can't wait for September 2nd

Hi everyone. Haven't been on here for son spent 8 weeks in MRP with a fractured pinkie knuckle. He returned to training last month and started Phase II yesterday July 12th..he is 3rd battalion India Company..his original platoon graduated July 8th so I know that had to be difficult for him. We are just concentrating on the 7 weeks we have left. Can't wait to pick him up and get him off that island.

Added by ProudMarineMom on July 13, 2016 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Trying to find

I'm trying to find papa company , Parris Island with a grad date of 9/30/2016 . Can anyone help ? I thought this site would make things easier . But if your just starting and don't have friends it is kind of a PITA .

Added by papa donnie on July 9, 2016 at 7:20am — 2 Comments

LCPL BabyMan

Our son is back from the other side of the world.  We are adjusting as well as expected.  However, while he was gone, we got a new cat and LCPL BabyMan, has plenty to say about how I treat her.

"You spoil her."

"What else am I suppose to do with her?"

"She doesn't need three scratch posts, Mom."

"She does if she doesn't want to get declawed. I can't have her scratching up my furniture.  I hate that.  And I don't want to declaw her, and she…


Added by Michelle on July 7, 2016 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

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