The Making of a Soldier – Part 1

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Our middle son left for Basic Training Monday. Oh, how it is hard to let them go, but it’s going to be SUCH a good thing for him!

Sunday, one of our friends said some great words about him and us and the church had prayer for him. Jim said that the Army will do what Christ does for us, they will strip away all the old and make him new. He will not only be a soldier for The Lord, he will be a soldier in the Army.

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Monday morning we dropped him off and he was on his way to Ft. Jackson, SC. Some people don’t know what goes on at Basic Training, so I’m going to keep you informed on each “phase” of his training.

Reception
This week, Charley will be Re-doing some things he’s already done due to already having reported for National Guard drill a few times as well as some new things.

They get dental, visual & medical evaluations, blood drawn, shots and also such things as setting up their pay. They are paid twice monthly active duty pay for Basic Training (BCT) and Advanced Individualized Training (AIT). AIT is the second step where they train you in your particular field of specialty. Think of it like going to a Community College and then transferring to a University. 🙂

So far, we haven’t heard from him. When you have a family member go to Basic, they are adults, so they (the military bases) aren’t required to let you know they have arrived safely. Since our oldest son Chris has also gone through this process, it has helped us to know what to expect.

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We should hear from him sometime this week once he is finished with Reception and knows his Brigade & Company assignment. That is how we will know what his mailing address is…..and I have already started my letters! I want to encourage him as much as I can during these first few weeks because they are the hardest.

I just ask that you please pray for ALL of our military and especially for these new young men & women who are preparing to enter a new stage in their lives. I am collecting encouraging bible verses for him, so if you have any that would encourage these young soldiers, I would be honored if you would share them.

I have a friend that has also offered to have her class write letters to Charley as part of their writing for school. I know he would LOVE to get letters and especially homemade cards or letters from kids. He most definitely has a place in his heart when it comes to children. Just let me know and I will send you a private message with his address. He is not able to receive care packages or anything beyond cards & letters (no money, candy, etc.).

Thanks for all the prayers so far and for the encouraging words. We know he is doing a great thing, so that makes it much more rewarding even though we will miss him. Keep checking back because I will devote several blog posts to “The Making of a Soldier”!