1. Your name : Erin
2. Where did your soldier attend basic training? Fort Jackson, SC
3. When did he attend basic training? Jan 4 2010-March 19 2010
4. How often did you hear from him? (Phone and letters): I received about 2-3 letters a week and usually a 15-20 min phone call every Sunday
5. How long was it before you heard from him the first time? About 3 weeks
6. How long did it take to receive a mailing address for him? About 3 weeks
7. Were there any restrictions on what you could send him? I stuck to sending him just letters and pictures
8. Were you sent information about family day and graduation? His mother did.
9. Did he have a family day? If so, please describe. Yes, Family day was amazing. The ceremony seems a little long, especially because you want to see your soldier. Once you are released to find your solider it is crazy! Its amazing to see the change and an awesome experience to share with them. For Family Day we had to stay on post but you can find a lot to do between bowling alleys, museums, shopping, etc.
10. Please describe the graduation ceremony. Graduation was great J It makes waiting those long weeks worth every second because you are sooo proud. Basically you go through a long ceremony again, go through all the companies and they are dismissed. You find your soldier and you sign them out. My fiance got an off post past but had to be back at certain time that night. Since he stayed at Fort Jackson for AIT also he got an overnight pass from Saturday afternoon – Sunday Afternoon.
11. Is there a website for his basic training unit? Is there a place to see pictures of his training online?
Yes they do have a website if you Google it, it is very easy to find. It gives you dates and pictures, etc but is rarely updated.
12. Any other tips or information?
Even though the wait is long it is all worth it! Be very supportive of your soldier he needs every bit of it.
Write as much as you can, they love to hear about what goes on at home and what your days are like, don’t forget pictures to, they love to see everyone they love back home. Just remember its only temporary and you’ll be with them soon again! Currently my fiancé is in AIT for 12 weeks. Let the countdown begin!