My recruit is at Parris Island

Well, she made it!

My Sarah has arrived safely at Parris Island, has been assigned to her training platoon and I’m assuming she’s hard at work becoming a United States Marine!

Today I received a typed form letter, explaining that she has, indeed, arrived safely, will be graduating tentatively on 10 January 2014, and that she will be receiving her mail daily, except for Sundays and holidays. It also detailed a list of stuff she’s not allowed to receive in the mail – you know – the usual stuff like food, pr0n, etc.

I plan on writing her every day, so she receives a note of encouragement daily.

If anyone wants to continue leaving notes of encouragement here, please feel free. I will be printing all of them out and forwarding them to her!




7 responses

  1. Recruits can’t get cookies from home? When the hell did this travesty occur?


    1. I know, right??? How much does that suck?


    2. The Gunnery Sergeant at the recruiting office told us that when a recruit gets a box of treats from home, the rest of the platoon does pushups or situps until the recruit finishes eating them – not a way to be popular with the guys you share a barracks with. You are allowed to send treats, just don’t expect your recruit to appreciate them at all.


  2. God bless her for choosing the Marines! May she be trained in warfare, even if she does not see battle. I don’t know Marine policy about women on the front lines, but they will need to know how to fight if the base is overrun.

    Me, I never did have the fortitude to fight in a foreign war, and sometimes I now regret that I did not spend some time in the armed forces. Now I must content myself with the fact that I am the Second Amendment’s unorganized militia, and be ready to fight a foreign invader, or a domestic enemy. (Likely I’d be the one called “domestic enemy” by the real domestic enemy, our own damned government.)


  3. Middle Englander

    A thought from an elderly ex-Bootneck, Sarah. On the day that you pass over the ‘hump’ (you will know it when it happens) the following words may resonate with you and you will smile to yourself and nod your head:

    The young recruit is silly — ‘e thinks o’ suicide;
    ‘E’s lost ‘is gutter-devil; ‘e ‘asn’t got ‘is pride;
    But day by day they kicks ‘im, which ‘elps ‘im on a bit,
    Till ‘e finds ‘isself one mornin’ with a full an’ proper kit.

    Gettin’ clear o’ dirtiness, gettin’ done with mess,
    Gettin’ shut o’ doin’ things rather-more-or-less;
    Not so fond of abby-nay, kul, nor hazar-ho,
    Learns to keep ‘is rifle an’ ‘isself jus’ so!

    Rudyard Kipling, The ‘Eathen.


  4. Wish your daughter the best! I know you are proud of her. From your posts, I understand she is squared away to begin with and no doubt, the Corps will be better having her in the ranks.


    1. LIKE!!! Thanks! She’s a good kid. She will thrive!


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