My Son leaves on Monday July 1st. Late yesterday he met with his recruiter in Elk Grove, CA. My son told me I need to have him at the recruiters location in EG on Sunday. They will all check in at a hotel in Sacramento, CA. We will be having dinner and a movie Sunday night. He says the room where they take the oath is very small so he says I can't go. First question, has anyone experienced this location in Sacramento and is it that small for parents? If he doesn't want me to go...I will have to be ok with it. My next question: When there are divorced parents, how is the information for graduation handled. His dad and I are divorced and have been since he was born, 18 years. My son said, "I have to call his recruit one week after he leaves and his recruiter will give me his address and graduation date" So, I guess I won't be getting "The Call" which hurts like XXXX! Dad has been an absentee until about 1 year ago.
I need some support...Help!
Soon enough, if you stay on this site, you will know more about what's going to happen to him than he will.
Your son will get one phone call, he can call whichever of you he likes, but expect it late at night (not so bad in Cali).
He also will be sending his stuff home in a box. Again, he'll get to decide to which address. He will also fill out a ton of information that will go to the address he lists. This will tell you all about graduation.
You can call the recruiter and ask about attending his swearing in, but I doubt you can stay at the hotel.
Thank you your response, Concernedad
The hotel is not far away 25 minutes. I just have not heard of a room being so small that parents can't attend for the oath. I just wondered if anyone out there has heard of this before. You would think they would accommodate parents since this is a big event of their son/daught/husband/wife's life.
I would suspect there is room for you. The kids get a lot of conflicting info. Call the recruiter.
Thank you for your support Concernedad. That is a good idea.
I was divorced when my son went to boot camp 12 yrs ago. Just becasue he said call his recruiter doesnt mean you wont get the I am here call. He won't know any of that info anyway. The get like 3 sec to talk and like someone says talk from a script. It is up to him who he sends the box too and calls. You should talk to him about all this before he leaves. Also grad info it is up to him who he sends it too.
Thank you for your support.
This is our last day/night together. His friends are coming over and he is very busy.
Thank you again
It is up to your son if he wants anyone in when he says his final oath. Ask HIM what he wants.
Also with the phone calls and anything sent from bootcamp...it is up to your son where it goes.
Something to talk about NOW is who will go to PIR, they only allow four guests on the list...yes extra people may waiting in the waiting area, and IF there is room they will let them in. Though those in already can NOT save seats. Keep in mind...people on here will say...yes you can get extra people in to see PIR, but that isn't true all the time. When there are alot of divisions PIRing, they do not let extra people in. AND right now is a higher tempo than normal as the highschool kids just graduated and that means those that where in DEP for a year or so...are leaving, and that means more divisions PIRing, which means less room for extra guests.