My son Kyle is now in his second week of basic training (almost third.) We've had a couple of phone calls and two letters. We knew it would be hard and he was prepared, but it is so tough. The first phone call was very difficult. He started to give me his address and all I could hear was yelling in the background. He had to get off before he couldn't complete it. He called back an hour later and I let his mom talk to him. She was able to get the complete address but was again cut short due to yelling. Let's just say his mental state was stressed. In his next phone call he sounded so much better, but still under tremendous pressure....so much more in control though. In his first letter he told us he felt like he couldn't make it after the first couple of terrible days. Later in the letter he told us he refocused his thinking and remembered why he was there.....he was ok. His second letter was so much more upbeat and basically told us his daily routine and how things are going....much better. There now is no doubt he'll make it.
We write letters about every other day and continuously encourage him. It's hard not being able to advise him as we want on a daily basis, but we all know what this is about. He joined the Air Guard to serve his country, continue his education and prepare himself for life. It doesn't make it any easier knowing he won't be home until almost September (after tech school in Texas.) As a parent you want to help your kids in the tough times, but hopefully we did our job in preparation.....I think we did.