Hello, my son will be going on his first long term deployment. Does anyone have any advise
or suggestion what to say for encouragement when we see him off? At end of March he had
some leave time and appeared uptight regarding the deployment, he expressed they told them to get
their wills done. We reinforced that the will procedure is routine regardless what branch of the military
you are in. Words of wisdom would be appreciated.
He is looking for hobbies and is self- learning playing the guitar ---trying to find a small one for the
ship. Any other hobbies you would recommend for a long term deployment?
My husband and I plan to buy a kindle for a early birthday gift to him. Any comment on the kindle's
dependability out to sea?
A Kindle at sea is perfectly reliable... BUT he can't download anything to it while at sea. It will need to be preloaded before he leaves. My nephew has one on his sub, a Nook. Be sure he knows to keep to locked up, there's more theft on ships than there should be.
He won't really need a lot of "hobbies". They work long days, and the ship provides a lot of activities too. There isnt a lot of sitting around, except on watch, when they aren't supposed ot be doing anything else anyway. Make sure he doesn't take up smoking, that's a very social activity for sailors.
Everyone takes a pack of cards, seems like. I sent my nephew some WWII plane spotter cards, which he found funny, because he's underwater.
My son worked on his college degree while deployed..
Thank you for your advise on the Kindle!
I gave him a two pack of cards on his last leave, hopefully he'll take them with him.
Working on a college degree is a great way to use your time wisely, unfortunately
my son is not ready yet (just burn out with college) to add to his degree---just hoping
he will someday.
Again many thanks to everyone's advise!