Sunday, January 6, 2013

Recruit Training

Recruit Training

He's home, he's home!

That was the longest 10 days of my life. And probably his. But, he stuck it out and did well and does not in fact want to quit Sea Cadets afterall.  I've been enjoying hearing his stories about everything. He said on the first day there they started yelling at them. They had a taped off area in the barracks that was the "highway" and they were supposed to stay off the highway. Well, he was inside of it and they were yelling at him to "GET OFF MY HIGHWAY" but he didn't know what they meant so he kept running around in it. He said "I was so confused!".

The first morning there, they woke him up at 4:30am and he thought it was a prank so he laid back down and went to sleep. As you can imagine, that didn't go over well! More yelling. They had 40 seconds to take a shower every day, but on the last day they got a couple of minutes. He said the food was really bad, except for the French toast and pancakes.

He passed his PT test, made presidential on most of it. He became the "Guidon" for his company, which is the person who is up front and holds the flag, and he got a special pin for that. He was also nominated for Honor Cadet. We got a nice company photo but he's not in it because he was getting his dress blue pants hemmed. We couldn't find any here before he left so they had some to lend him, but since they had to alter them, they let him keep them. Yay, those things are expensive!

Now he wants to go back and be a staff cadet, and become Chief Petty Officer! He said he's ready to be the one doing the yelling. He called us as soon as he got his phone back, and he got to hang out in the USO office in LA for a while, play some video games, eat some food, hang with the soldiers, etc. He had a layover in Las Vegas and didn't get home until around 1am. It was a late night catching up and hugging my boy!

I'm happy he's home safe and sound! And so proud of him for doing this. I know he's growing into such a great young man, and I'm just so happy for him and I can't wait to see what adventures his future holds.

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