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Hey all - I'm sorta back. I guess the USMC gets you and then pulls you back even when you think you're out. My son left for boot just after Christmas 2006 and got out just after Christmas 2011. So now a cousin just posted up on Facebook that her son left for boot camp. Now he is a Hollywood Marine. So I'm back in the letter writing campaign for boot. I was addicted to this site when my son was in boot and after.
The reason I post this - it's amazing how enmeshed as a parent you become when your child leaves for boot. Not only are they in the Marines, but you are too. You suddenly become engrossed in the Marines and you have your own attachment to it. My son has been out of the Marines for over 15 months after a 5 year enlistment. I am still flying a Marine Corps flag on my flag pole. As spring comes, I'm thinking I should change that out, but all I really want to do is buy a new Marine Corps flag since this one is getting faded.
Now my cousin's son is in boot and I'm writing letters because I know how important letters are to recruits. Because of distance, I've never actually met this kid.
The Marines are a small group and we become a family even after your child leaves the Corps. Apparently, even parents (not just the Marine) never leave the Corps once they get into it. I guess this really came home to me when my cousin posted up and I couldn't even imagine not writing letters to a recruit in boot.
Ooh Rah family!
PMM of Cpl Shawn
MCRD Parris Island
MCAS New River