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04 Jan 2012 06:18 AM
    My son left 3FEB2012 and will be in Delta 186.
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    04 Jan 2012 06:46 AM
    Welcome aboard! If you have any questions, let us know. I've already posted the address in the FAQ section. You can begin wirting whenever you like.
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    04 Jan 2012 09:02 AM
    Thanks. This is my second son. To attend cape may. I went to Alameda hotel 136.
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    04 Jan 2012 09:26 AM
    You are an old pro at this then! My ex-husband was Cape May India-121. My son was Golf-181. If you do have any questions pop up, we'll help. In the meantime, feel free to jump in there with answers I'm sure you have. Always a pleasure having another experienced person to help.
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    15 Jan 2012 11:14 AM
    Hello, after searching every site I finally found you. My son was sent to Cape May on Jan 3 and is in RC Delta 186. I've sent him several letters and cards and have only recieved 1 post card from him. Can you possibly tell me how many times are they able to write home? Thanks.
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    15 Jan 2012 05:47 PM
    Good evening Delta Family Members,

    I am Chief Warrant Officer Fernando Perez and I am Delta 186's Company Mentor. This means that I visit with your sons and dauhters 3x while they are in Cape may and we talk about what the future holds for them when they graduate and what they can expect during the next 6 weeks in Cape May. I had the chance to meet them for the first time yesterday and they are a great group of kids. Some are adjusting well and some are still shell shocked from being in this new military environment. This is natural, so don't worry. I want to reasure you that they are in good hands and even though they are not being tucked in each night with warm milk, thay are doing well and are looking forward to graduating and making all of you proud. I will see them again in week 5 (the first Saturday in February) when I will discuss their new duty assignments and what to expect when they report.

    In addition to being a company mentor, I am a proud father of a recent Cape May graduate. My daughter Nicole Graduated from Z-185 only 10 days ago. She is now in Hawaii on a 110' Coast Guard Cutter doing Law Enforcement and search and rescue missions.

    I have been in the Coast Guard for 20 yrs, so please feel free to ask me any questions you may have during the next 6 weeks. As a fellow parent and Coastie, I know the anxiety you must feel about having your loved one in Cape May. Your kids are doing fine and they only have Sunday afternoons/evenings to write home. I did not get a letter from Nicole until she was in week 4, so don't dispair. It is more important that they receive letters from you, then vice versa. These 6 weeks fly by.

    I Look forward to meeting you at graduation and answering any other questions you may have before that.
    My e-mail address is nando_sport@yahoo.com if you have any topics you would like to discuss outside of this forum.

    My prayers are with you and with your children,

    CWO Fernando Perez
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    15 Jan 2012 08:09 PM
    CWO, Thank you so much for taking the time to write here on our forum. We really appreciate you sharing your time with the Company and with us. We welcome having another Coastie that can help out with answers. Being a new Coastie parent you can really relate to a lot of our parents on here, even as an old hat in the CG yourself, so different when it's your baby. Agaon, thank you!

    lcolon, they only get Sunday's to write. They have to do that while they iron uniforms, shine shoes, study, and whatever else needs to be done. As CWO suggests, the receiving of letters is far more important for the recruit than for the parent at home. Know they are missing you and they want to write you but time is limited and they need to take care of being a recruit first, a son or a daughter second. But as soon as boot is over, communication goes back to normal and you'll be able to share once again with no worries.

    Welcome aboard to both of you!
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    16 Jan 2012 04:19 PM
    Thanks for your response. It means the world to me. I have spent several hours reviewing all sites and videos on what goes on there. It's my way of being and staying connected to my son. We are extremely close as a family. Just wondering when liberty is awarded is family entitled to our children or is this time just for them and their fellow coasties? Thanks again.
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    16 Jan 2012 04:43 PM
    Good evening... It was nice reading that we are not alone in aspect of not receiving any letters from our son yet. Prior to leaving on the 3rd he had told me not to get him stamps for he doubted he would have the time to write. The night before he shipped out as we dropped him at the hotel and he had a change of mind about the stamps so I told him I would bring a book with me the following morning. Well the following morning did not go quite as planned..... enroute to MEPS we received a text from him saying not to come, apparently due to the volume of recruits swearing in there was not enough room for all the parents.. so his dad and I and his stamps turned around and made the truck back home. I did mail them to him witnin a letter.. I hope that was okay

    We are .. as I am sure like all family members anxious to hear how our loved ones are doing and adjusting. I know he is in great hands and cannot wait to hear of his journey from a high school graduate to being a proud member of the USCG.

    CWO Fernando Perez congrats on your daughters accomplishments, you must be so proud. I look forward to meeting you at graduation.

    Old Guard2... I enjoy reading your posts... Thank you for being there for us newbie parents.



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    16 Jan 2012 05:04 PM
    I will share my experience being at MEPS patiently waiting. Left my house @ 5am arriving at 8am. Advised he would swear in @9-930, the swear in actually took place @ 2pm. Needless to say, we waited all day and didn't get to see him until after 12 pm. Every minute counted for us. He boarded the bus @230 however he was "literally" processing most of the time we were there. We had very little time with him.

    The family room was packed and many people were standing. There were over 180 recruits processed that day from all units.

    My 1postcard received was very short and only stated he's there he's ok and for us to write back. Having this tool to communicate to other families help me to get thru this time. Going from a full house to one now that seems a bit empty is a Hugh adjustment. Having 2 boys, we you know.

    Wish you well and can't wait for graduation to see how sharp they look in UNIFORM!!!!
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    16 Jan 2012 05:58 PM
    Good evening everyone,

    On base liberty is granted during week 6. Recruits are allowed to walk the base and visit the exchange and have a "normal" meal at the all hands club. Family members do not interact with recruits during on base liberty. Off base liberty is granted in week 7 and recruits go off base in uniform and have about 8-12 hours to visit wildwoods, Cape may, get to know their shipmates on a personal level and eat off base at local restaurants. Phone calls during week 6 and 7 are so awesome!! They have so many stories to tell.
    Right now in week 2 they are being physically and mentally challenged, but as the weeks go by, they will become "senior recruits" and junior companies will get the bulk of the yelling and screaming.

    When I met them last Saturday everyone was in good condition and making the best out of the new transition.

    I love all the MEPS stories, I guess it all depends where you enlist. Nicole enlisted out of Virginia and we had a great morning together until she got on the bus for the last time. Please send all the stamps you want, they are allowed to write on Sundays as long as they have their uniforms and barracks squared away.

    Keep the questions coming, as a parent and Coastie, I know exactly how you're feeling.
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    16 Jan 2012 06:08 PM
    CWO P,

    Thanks again. My eagerness is one short of just wanting to know what he's going through. I am good knowing this journey is one that will result in great success. I will continue to check in and read everyone's blogs.

    Sincerely.
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    16 Jan 2012 06:44 PM
    I am sure your boy is doing just fine..... There is an awesome video on youtube my son found and had us watch before he left... Once on youtube.com in the search space type in... It's Just 8 Weeks: Coast Guard Basic Training ... this video was made by the USCG recruiting... it will give you an idea of what your son may be experiencing these days as told by other recruits who went through the same process . I found it to be very imformative and helpful.

    Hope this helps.

    Take Care
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    16 Jan 2012 07:45 PM
    My daughter was in Delta 186 and got injured (broken wrist). She called and said she is on medical hold and is very discouraged. I'm afraid she
    is losing her will to continue. Will someone mentor her now and encourage her to keep going even with this setback?
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    17 Jan 2012 04:47 AM
    Thank you mommapags. I actually watched the videos and found them to be a big eye opener (for me at least). I believe my son watched a bunch of videos as well but like they say .... You don't what its like until you go through it yourself. As crazy as this sounds this is great therapy FOR ME being able to talk to others that are going though or maybe feeling the same.

    The hardest part is not hearing from my son. Although he was out many times with his friends and girlfriend a simple text or call gave me peace. Now there's nothing! I know he's in great hands and everyday gets better for me. It's one day, one more week closer to that special day.

    Thank you again.
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    17 Jan 2012 04:49 AM
    So sorry to hear about you baby girl gulf coast mom. I wish her all the best. My prayers are with you.
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    17 Jan 2012 06:39 PM
    Good evening Delta Family members,

    I will see your kids again on Saturday Feb 4th the day after they receive their orders. Gulf Coast Mom, If your daughter has recovered from the injury I will definitely push her to finish through. My daughter's company had a girl who broke her hip and was in Cape May for 2 months. She graduated with flying colors despite her injury. My greatest wish is to see all 100 Delta recruits graduate together. Keep the letters flowing Delta family.

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    17 Jan 2012 06:42 PM
    Correction...the injured recruit was in Cape May for 3 months recovering from hip injury. She should have received the "super hero award" for her willingness to finish!
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    17 Jan 2012 06:54 PM
    We heard from our daughter tonight. She said she would be coming home for a month and then returning to finish her training. Thanks Icolon522 for your prayers!
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    17 Jan 2012 07:48 PM
    Gulf coast, Keep her motivated mom! You want her to go back to Cape May more fired up and ready to win that same "super hero award" that other young lady deserved. She won't graduate with her company but she will still be a great Coastie!! Just a couple weeks shorter than she thought. Good luck with everything... don't leave us, she is still a shipmate to Coasties and you are still a Coastie mom. If you need anything while she is home recuperating, we are still here to ask questions and chat with. <img src='http://www.uscg.org/DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default//emoticons/smile.gif' align="absmiddle" border="0" />
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    19 Jan 2012 05:28 PM
    Hello Coatie families. I'm writing to say my son sent us a warm heartfelt letter. He's doing well and is keeping up. Graduation is still scheduled for feb 23rd. He says there's still a lot of yelling but he's all used to it now. Loved getting his letter today and ultimately made my week. Keep you posted.
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    20 Jan 2012 09:43 AM
    I am very sorry to hear we lost a shipmate! I'm positive her experience will motivate her to come back better and stronger than ever. She will be an honorary Delta member regardless of her set back. She's in our prayers.

    Delta family,

    Delta 186 has posted their first weeekly journal. Not sure if you have seen it posted on the web yet, but just in case, here is the link.

    http://www.tracencapemay.uscgnews.c...3/1283123/

    Enjoy. CWO P
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    20 Jan 2012 04:21 PM
    My girlfriend is also in D-186. I have not heard from her yet other than a bootcamp information packet and this being the end of week three, should I be worried? I'm driving myself crazy.
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    20 Jan 2012 06:03 PM
    Hello CWO Perez. I loved reading the journal! Helps me to be at peace for sure.

    I wanted to ask you about graduation. I received a letter and my son also confirmed it to be the 23rd instead of the 24th. Did something happen to hold them back one day? Just wondering.

    My son SR deChoudens is a hard worker. I hope he wasn't one that was taken away (per the journal). Are you able to confirm?

    As always thank you for the updates.
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    21 Jan 2012 02:31 PM
    Good evening everyone,

    As far as I understand, graduations are always scheduled for Fridays. As far as I know, Friday the 24th of Feb is still the date. If something changed, I'll certainly let you know. Icolon, unfortunately I cannot confirm if your son was taken away. As in the case of our shipmate that got sent home due to her wrist injury, you would be notified if something bad happens. The common theme in boot camp is that no news is good news. So Mr. Bretspeers, you need not worry. I did not get a letter from my daughter until she was in week 4. Sundays are the only days they get to write and if they are busy or behind with uniform maintenance, they may not get to write. As a coastie parent, I feel your anxiety, but trust me when I tell you that they are well. Have a great weekend. More to follow soon.
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    21 Jan 2012 09:55 PM
    lcolon,

    Here is the official CG website... The date is still showing as 24 February. If there is an update, that is where you will be able to find it.

    http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/recruit/FAQs.asp

    Keep a check there. But 2/24 still looks like it is the date. Please re-read the letter, there is a dinner the night before graduation and that will be on 2/23, so maybe that is what you read as the 23rd date.
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    22 Jan 2012 08:12 AM
    Good morning everyone

    lcolon... my paperwork also said the 23rd which I assumed was a Friday based on what I have read regarding graduation.. it was not until I argued with someone that the 23rd was a Friday did I realize they must have just put the 23rd by accident. We did receive a nice letter from our son.. he said it was a lot harder then he could have imagined but he was adjusting well.. exhausted but doing well. I had to chuckle when I read your post wondering if it were your child pulled out... when we read the weekly journal both my husband and I wondered if it were our son One thing the recruiter had told us is that no news from Cape May is good news.

    I hope everyone has a nice day
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    22 Jan 2012 05:37 PM
    If/when someone gets reverted/rephased they get a phone call home. So if it was your recruit, you would know.
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    22 Jan 2012 06:53 PM
    I will continue to go with "no news is good news". I am however looking forward to my week 5 call from my son and hear about his order. Thanks.
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    22 Jan 2012 06:58 PM
    The week 5 phone call... Be prepares to listen. It is very short, very formal. Your son will probably call you ma'am. It is not a call for chit chatting. It is for information... So as much as you might want to ask questions and say I love you, I miss you, how are you... Hold off. Let your recruit speak. They are being listened to by the CC's and they are expected to pass information, say a quick hello if given the time and then hang up. Not to mention every recruit wants to call someone to tell them of their orders. So they need to keep it short so everyone has the time to call.
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