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  • Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

    My husband will be leaving for basic on March 25th and I was just wondering if I could get some pointers for him as well as for myself.

    I've read a few forums about sending letters, and I was wondering what kind of stuff other than letters I could send him while he's away.

    Also, what kind of things can he expect while he's there? How much phone/visitation time does this base allow? Can he use his special "barefoot" running shoes? He's studying to be a pastor, can he bring all of this study material and his bibles with?

    We're newlyweds and this will be our first time really away from each other, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

    Originally posted by vvaclavicek View Post
    My husband will be leaving for basic on March 25th and I was just wondering if I could get some pointers for him as well as for myself.

    I've read a few forums about sending letters, and I was wondering what kind of stuff other than letters I could send him while he's away.

    Also, what kind of things can he expect while he's there? How much phone/visitation time does this base allow? Can he use his special "barefoot" running shoes? He's studying to be a pastor, can he bring all of this study material and his bibles with?

    We're newlyweds and this will be our first time really away from each other, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    I can only speak from my experiences, but it's pretty standard from what I understand:

    Yes, send letters, my wife sent me a letter EVERY day, and I send one back to her as often as I could (not quite every day). I didn't actually get the letters every day (some days none, some days lots) due to mail processing times and other factors, but getting a letter was the best thing in the world for me at Basic.

    Can't send him much more than letters, if you send a package it can only have things that are on his "allowed" list, basically just TP, shaving cream and other toiletries. One thing you can send is a card with the recordable voice thing, record an appropriate message though, as the DS are likely to preview it in front of everyone before allowing him to have it.

    Phone priviledges vary, with some people getting it weekly, others getting it maybe twice the whole time at basic. There are NO visiting priviledges, except for family day. "Barefoot" running shoes are generally not authorized by the army, so he probably won't be able to use them at all.

    Bible is definitly allowed, other books (even religious-type) are likely to not be allowed, and he really won't have too much time to study anyway. I suggest a smallish bible that if damaged or stolen (unfortunatly it can happen!) won't be missed.

    Of course Your Mileage May Vary, but I'm sure other searches will turn up this same question, with very similar answers in lots of places.

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    • #3
      Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

      So, my info is a little dated, but for the most part should still hold true.

      As you mentioned you can send letters, and those are huge help. As part of that you can send him pictures and drawings and things like that (but don't send anything you wouldn't want seen by 120 guys). My wife did photo montages. She put 3 or 4 pictures together and then laminated them before sending to me. It was of something her and the kids did together and those were always fun. Being laminated I could carry them around and they didn't get ruined or I could hang them up in my locker. Regular pictures are good as well.

      Don't send any kind of food (exception is cough drops like Halls were allowed). But all food for us got stored away until graduation and by then who wants to eat 8 wk old brownies. Anything bigger than an envolope is opened up in front of the DS and they immediately confiscate anything that is prohibited.

      For phone, expect that he will call when he gets there and then again just before graduation. Expect that snail mail will be your primary communication method. Things could be better and you could talk on the phone more, but if you go in with the low expectation of only talking a couple of times then it is all the better when you get a surprise call from him. You will not be able to visit him at all until graduation. Religious material can be tricky. He can take a Bible, but usually that is it. Talk to the recruiter about anything other than a Bible.

      I will post more soon. But computer is about to force reboot

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        Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

        Send pics you want everyone else to see.

        You won't get to visit him except on family day and graduation.

        No minimalist running shoes are allowed. Ever.

        I didn't go to Jackson so I can't speak on their phone policies. I had quite a few phone calls at Sill...maybe 5? He may get 2, he may get 20. It's always different.

        Study material, no. BIBLE (one) yes. He's not going to have a lot of personal space or time to study other stuff.

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        • #5
          Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

          Get additional information at the Fort Jackson website. This will give approximate dates of graduation & family day to help you plan for trip dates, lodging, etc... Although, you will have to wait & hear where he will be placed.

          Also, they are of Facebook which helps tremendously as you occasionally will see pictures of these future soldiers in action! Interaction among the other family members in the same boat as you is uplifting. Just like your husband, you will end up forming new friendships to support eachother through the first leg. Now AIT, depending on where he goes is another matter.

          Best of luck to you guys!

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          • #6
            Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

            Every state has a military family assistance center for spouses and military kids. Rhode Island has a ver good one. Your may as well.

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            • #7
              Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

              What can a newly enlisted bring with him?

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              • #8
                Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

                Originally posted by NewPrivateMom View Post
                What can a newly enlisted bring with him?
                Here's your list of Basic Training essentials.
                What to Bring and What NOT to Bring to Basic Combat Training
                Use this checklist to make sure you pack everything you’ll need at BCT. Keep in mind that all of your personal belongings must be able to fit into one medium-sized gym bag—so make sure none of that space is taken up by anything that will get confiscated at BCT.
                Personal Documents (5 copies of each):
                ___Certified copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
                ___Certified copy of college transcript(s)
                ___Original Social Security card
                ___Valid driver’s license with photo or valid photo ID
                ___Valid driver’s license, if required by your MOS (be sure it’s valid 30 days past your MOS training)
                ___ ATM or debit card for Sure-Pay account
                ___Certified copy of marriage license
                ___Certified copy of divorce decree
                ___Certified copy of birth certificates for children under 18
                ___Certified copy of legal papers for any Family members in your household for whom you have physical custody and/or financial responsibility
                ___Eyeglass or contact lens prescription
                ___Letter from doctor listing all required prescription drugs, including birth control pills
                ___Lease agreement or rental contract
                ___Any other legal document that may affect your pay
                ___If spouse is in military: spouse’s name, Social Security number and military address

                Military Documents (5 copies of each):
                All documents received from your unit RRNCO and/or MEPS, including:
                ___Military orders
                ___Travel and meal tickets (supplied by MEPS on the day you report for shipping to BT)
                ___Copy of DA 4187 Form showing promotion and/or Stripes for Buddies eligibility

                Additional documents, including:
                ___Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
                ___Copies of your SF1199A (direct deposit form), signed by a bank official, with your account and routing numbers filled in
                ___Telephone number of the Liaison Officer/NCO at Battalion Reception

                Clothing:
                ___2-day supply of casual, comfortable clothing
                ___1 pair of comfortable shoes
                ___6 pairs of white calf-length athletic socks
                ___Running shoes
                ___Shower shoes
                ___Eyeglass band (if you wear eyeglasses)
                ___3 pairs of white underwear (men)
                ___Athletic supporter (men)

                Additional clothing/personal items for women:
                ___3 pairs of underwear (white, black or beige)
                ___3 bras (white, black or beige)
                ___1 full slip (white, black or beige)
                ___1 pair flesh-tone nylons/pantyhose
                ___Feminine hygiene products

                Toiletries:
                ___Disposable/safety razor with blades
                ___Shaving cream
                ___Toothbrush with case
                ___Toothpaste
                ___Dental floss
                ___Hairbrush or 6-inch black comb
                ___Antiperspirant
                ___Soap and soap case

                Miscellaneous:
                ___Luggage (one small suitcase or duffel bag)
                ___2 washcloths and towels
                ___2 locks (combination or padlock with two keys)
                ___$25-50 in cash, traveler’s checks or money orders
                ___Long-distance calling cards
                ___Small box of laundry detergent
                ___Stamps
                ___Stationery
                ___Insect repellent
                ___Holy Scripture (Bible, Koran, etc.), if desired
                DO NOT BRING:
                • Cell phones
                • Family members
                • Pets
                • Weapons
                • Privately owned vehicles
                • Steel hair picks
                • Pocket knives
                • Obscene/pornographic material
                • Playing cards
                • Dice
                • Dominoes
                • Tobacco products
                • Batteries (except size “D”)
                • Alcoholic beverages
                • Non-prescription drugs
                • Perfume or cologne
                • Jewelry, watches or other valuables
                • Electronic devices (CD players, cameras, laptops, etc.)
                • Personal reading materials (magazines, books, etc.)

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                • #9
                  Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

                  I'm a recruiter and my recruits always go to basic traing with a cell phone. Sometimes they can use them on Sundays but, it all depends on what base thay go to for training. No worries.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

                    Debit card, cell phone, basic hygene items.. There are lists upon lists here. I posted a list of what I took + what I wish I had a week or so back. Not claiming its the end all be all of lists but look in my recent posts.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

                      I recommend not sending him anything other than letters and PG rated pictures only.

                      We were allowed our phones in reception, but when the (real) DS's came we had to turn them in when we got to the barracks we stayed in. We were allowed to use the desk phone once during Mother's Day and then not again until Family Day which is the day before Graduation. So basically I would expect that since he's going about a week later than I went last year.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Husband leaving for basis on 3/25/13. Helpful tips?

                        I can relate to your situation. My husband and I got married a little more than a month before he left. He left on 02/26/2013 and made it Fort Jackson the next day. Before he got to the base he was able to text me a few times. I believe today was his first day at basic training and he was only given 5 minutes to talk on phone with me. After reading some of the replies here I'm not expecting to hear from expect through letters. It's tough but we'll survive it. Good luck to you and your husband

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