I got a letter from my son last week stating he is being singled out and they are looking to revert him. I got the call this morning (and of course I didn't take the call because it was a restricted number...IF YOUR CHILD IS IN BOOTCAMP TAKE THE RESTRICTED CALL). His message sounded like he was broken. I know the reason he is being singled out is because he is going in as an E3 (Eagle Scout) and his commanders are being extra hard on him expecting him to do more, be better, and in reality he is probably no different than the others. It sucks as a parent to be in the position of knowing the pain their child is going through and only being able to write words of encouragement. It sucks as a parent to be in this position when your teenaged child under duress finally says "you were right dad" (I have heard that from my other children when they were in their mid twenties and not in stressful situations). My worry is my son's mental state. He is one that does not do well with the constant berating. Rather than rise to the challenge, he withdraws in those situations.
Its only 2 weeks and he is starting over.
So there is my venting.
As a parent, what are the best words of encouragement that you Coasties have heard from the letters from parents. He is a good kid, he is smart, he is determined so much that he chose this route because he didn't want to saddle his parents with college debt and decided that he would get his college degree on Uncle Sam's dollars by going to the CG and using the GI bill.
I don't know if mentally he can handle another reversion.
Thanks for letting me vent.