My son leaves January 3rd for basic training, he is going to be a para rescue jumper.........he is
very excited. My husband and I are struggling with him leaving, we are trying to spend as much
time with him untiel he leaves. How have other people handled this???????????
You just take it day by day and with a lot of prayer. Be excited for him and know that he is doing something he enjoys and is honorable. My son Robert left for BMT on January 12, 2010 was stationed in Italy by July and is now in Iraq. Haven't seen him in over a year. It will seem tough, but Rob now says BMT was a piece of cake and he misses it. Journal your thoughts and pride in him, and send lots of letters once he leaves. Look forward to his graduation because it will be one of the proudest moments of your life as a parent!
My son left for BMT on 1/3/10, and the time flew by.... take it one day at a time, spend time with him now, and get ready for the roller coaster ride, it is worth EVERY moment!!!!!!! The conflicting emotions are tough.... on one hand you are so proud of them that you just can't stand it and on the other hand you just want to send them to their room because who told them that they could grow up and make decisions on their own? Check out Facebook (USAF Basic Military Training and Air Force Wing Moms) Tons of great info and you will be able to "meet" other parents who have Trainees in your son's flight at BMT.... You will be amazed at the friendships that will grow from this!!! We have another Mom here who has a son in Special Ops Training. Come back to this site on a regular basis...All of us have been where you are and get it! We are also in different stages of our Airmen's Careers and can be a wealth of information..... Welcome the WingMom Family!
oh and where do you live?????
My son left for BMT on 5/2/11, and graduated 10/7/11. It was very hard the first few days. I didn't know what to do with myself, and I wish that I would have had this group at that time. I spent as much time with him as I could got him talking about what he was exited about and what he was looking forward to. As Jennifer Miller said above, it is a roller coaster ride. My son broke his wrist in week 5 during the pugle stick training. He was then sent to Med Hold. He was really disappointed and frustrated, but he did get to come home for 30 days and I reminded him of why he wanted to go in, what had excited him, and even though he wouldn't be graduating with the original group, everything happens for a reason, and he would make it through. His wrist healed faster than normal, and he went back after 8 weeks. So now he is a graduated airman, and he sais that he wouldn't change it for anything. He is so motivated and the changes in him are phenomenal. You will make it through. Stay strong and keep your phone near by as the phone calls come at sporadic times and days. Welcome to the Airforce family. Congratulations to you, and I thank your son for his service.
PS, they love to get letters, that is the one thing my son said that he looked forward to after a long hard day.
Congratulations to you and your new Airman.... Isn't graduation Amazing!!!!!!!!!!
Thank your son for his service for me!
Ps where is he headed now?
And nice to have another So Cal mom in the ranks!!!!!!