My son left for boot camp on January 15, 2019. He is in C-197. When he left he was in good spirits and seemed ready to go. I had worked out with him every day for the past two months to get him ready physically, we did the "It's Not Only Eight Weeks" work out. His last PT Test with the recruiter, he was able to do 40 pushups in 60 seconds, 52 sit-ups in 60 seconds and he ran his 1.5 miles in 10 minutes, 24 seconds. I served in the USN and gave him as much heads up as I could about boot camp. He wasn't the least bit worried. He seemed like he was good to go.
He called me on Monday, January 28th, first day of week 3. He was in tears, "Dad, I'm so sorry... I never really wanted this, I just wanted to make you proud..."
He was calling from the psychiatrist, I asked if he was done, he said not yet but he wanted to be, I asked if he was getting reverted, he said not yet. After 5 minutes of him telling me why this was a bad idea and me telling him why it was the best idea he ever had, his time was over and he said he might be able to call me Thursday.
I messaged the admin for the C-197 FaceBook support page and I was told, usually those "morale calls home" are enough get them to push through and to assume he is still in C-197. She said he would be permitted to call again if his status changes.
Well, no news is good news and it's been two days and no calls. My stomach is so knotted, I haven't been able to sleep. I am so proud of him for joining, I've been writing him every day, $4 a pop for Sandboxx messages, but since the call that's all I've been using.
I know many recruits start to question their decision to join right around week 2 or 3, I know they have to break him down so they can build him back up, but I'm praying they don't break him to the point that he quits.
I will continue to support him and trust that the CG knows what they're doing. They've seen a thousand recruits like my son and they'll see a thousand more. It's just getting hard to explain to my boss why I'm under my desk in a fetal position... just kidding... kinda...
Any thoughts or insights are greatly appreciated and I will update this post with any changes.