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New coastie girlfriend. Please help
Last Post 07 Jun 2012 06:31 AM by LauraDK. 16 Replies.
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17 Apr 2012 12:21 AM

    I need help. My boyfriend is leaving for Cape May on May 1st. There's so many questions/thoughts/wandering moments I have about the coast guard.  I AM SO CONFUSED. Can any of you amazing people out there fill me in on ANYTHING - what to expect? There are so many unknowns, and I just want someone to be blunt... & tell me what to expect.

    I'm lost, help  

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    17 Apr 2012 12:38 AM
    Do you have anything specific?
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    17 Apr 2012 06:28 AM
    Expect to be lonely when he leaves. You will get past that. Expect to have very limited communication. But the letters you do get will make your heart skip a beat. If you are able to attend graduation, expect to cry & be so proud of him... possibly not recognize him. They do develop a new look. But you will love it. That's just boot camp... it's only 8 weeks and there is a thought... the days will D-R-A-G by but the weeks just fly! It goes a lot faster than you might think it will.

    Any specifics, ask away. We are happy to help. Welcome to our little forum and the CG family.
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    19 Apr 2012 01:14 AM
    I guess I'm just really nervous. We haven't been together very long, but we fit so perfectly. We've been friends for awhile that just so happened to bloom into this amazing relationship 4 weeks before he leaves. I'm nervous for the aftermath of boot camp - like what if he gets stationed in Hawaii or Alaska? I guess there's so much unknown that it's hard to think/feel... Thanks for your response.

    I'm an RN so I have a job that can travel around, but I'm concerned about developing a relationship while our only form of communication is letters for 8 weeks - I guess it could be a romantic love story in the end ;o] I'm definitely TRYING to be VERY supportive, it's hard not to be when he has been wanting this for so long. You're right though, I cannot wait to see him for the first time after 8 weeks. We've both talked about it & agreed it's going to be AMAZING. I guess any tips/tricks would be helpful.

    Do they provide mailing addresses before they leave? He said I must write him atleast a few times a week, I plan on being his #1 fan & supporter... ;o] Haha of course his mom also! I just am so proud of him & want to make this the easiest I can. Thanks everyone & happy to be apart of such a great lil CG fam!
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    19 Apr 2012 06:53 AM
    You'll get his address a few days after he gets to Cape May, I believe. You have to wait until they post what hall his company is in. You can write him every day if you'd like...that's what I did! My husband didn't have a chance to read all the letters until after graduation, but just having them arrive for him helped him a lot. And the letters he sends you...well, you'll cherish those. Hand-written letters are sort of a lost art, and I've saved every one I received while he was in boot camp.
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    19 Apr 2012 07:46 AM
    It looks like he should be Sierra 186. My mom sent a letter the day before I left for bootcamp (seriously) and I got it that first Sunday. She didn't have the hall on it, but since there was only one November company, they figured it out. Now, it could get lost or take a while to get there, so don't add anything too serious. My mom sent me a Hallmark card and saved the real "letters" for when she did have the full address.

    Lots of recruits get reverted/rephased, and trust me, their letters get to them even with the wrong company and hall on them
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    19 Apr 2012 08:18 AM
    I try to keep this thread as updated as possible... http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aft/12196.aspx As soon as the hall is posted, I update for each company. You can write before that but the letters get delivered more smoothly with it. Also remember full first & last name, it truly does not matter what order. But if you put C Jones and there is a Christopher, a Colin and a Catherine no guessing who will get your letter.
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    23 Apr 2012 08:18 PM
    You guys are such a blessing T-minus 1 week til he leaves, be prepared.. haha

    I feel really excited for him because he is so excited, and I mean.. how could you not be so excited to be with someone who is doing such a service for the country! It's a bitter sweet emotion. I know I can make it through these 8 weeks because I know..  (well I hope he doesn't have to leave right after camp - which I've heard happens to some) but I know I'll see him June 22nd, granted nothing happens in the mean time.

    I guess my real nerves come to play because who knows if he'll be off to Alaka, Hawaii, Seattle, Cali... AHHH which is across the country. It puts my tummy in knots thinking about it

    I'm glad I have such an outstancing group of people here that have been through it, or are going through it for that extra support
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    23 Apr 2012 09:57 PM
    Enjoy your week together and look forward to that graduation day! Even if he is across country, you'll manage with it. Love can weather just about anything you throw at it. Just remember to make concessions for each other.
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    23 Apr 2012 10:01 PM
    Thank you Old Guard2 I really appreciate the positive attitude. I hate being at work tonight & tomorrow night but definitely looking forward to spending the rest of the week with him. "It's ONLY 8 weeks" right?
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    24 Apr 2012 02:24 AM
    The only thing I have to add is to use the 8 weeks to do something for yourself. Work some extra shifts at work so you can save extra money. Train for a 5k. Learn to knit. Watch all those romance movies with your girlfriends. Those things really help fill the hours that you normal spend together.
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    24 Apr 2012 03:22 AM
    Thats what I definitely plan to do :o] We actually have a little bet going that if I get up to a certain miles with running he has to buy my first plane ticket to visit him Thanks
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    24 Apr 2012 08:07 AM
    That is an excellent bet!!!! A great goal for good health for you and a visit to see him! I like it.
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    05 May 2012 02:43 PM
    My recruit was sent off May 1st & I've seen in several different posts he is living in James Hall. A fellow coastie GF recieved the postcard today & it said theyre in Healy Hall. Will my letters still safely make it to him? I've already sent about 5...
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    05 May 2012 08:23 PM
    As long as you have his name and company on it, they will most likely find him. Recruits get reverted/rephased all the time for many reasons, and their mail find them - in different halls and companies. The entire company could have very well changed halls! But the official website still says James

    EDIT: Tomorrow will be the first chance your recruit will be able to write you. So I'm going to guess your friend has a recruit in another company.
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    06 Jun 2012 02:35 AM
    Cant believe it's been ove a month since he left and we are in the home stretch!! You guys weren't lying about the letters <3 do they teach some sort of romance class in boot camp?? :o] I found out his station last week and I was ever so blessed with him being only 140 miles away from home <img src='/DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default//emoticons/smile.gif' align="absmiddle" border="0" /> <img src='/DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default//emoticons/smile.gif' align="absmiddle" border="0" /> Thanks for the support!
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    07 Jun 2012 06:31 AM
    If its been a month you should know where he's being stationed soon. Either you or his parents will get a phone call (it will be very scripted and he will not be able to talk) as to where he's going so keep in touch with whomever he might call since he only gets one.
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