Fort Benning
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Parents of Infantry Boots at Ft. Benning
Posted by armyinfantrymom2011 at 9/11/11 in Active Duty
I would like to find some other parents with their child heading to boot camp Nov 1 2011?
  • 47 Comments

  • brendalee1213

    My son just got there this tue the 13th

  • Monica70

    My son left for boot camp on 10/31

  • dclee4

    My son just got there Monday, I'm so excited for him, Scared too.....Infantry :*|

  • 28304006

    my son just got there also infantry would like to know the address for fort benning so i can take him off my auto insurance ???????????????

  • ProudColoradoMom

    My son will arrive at Ft. Benning on January 24th to begin bootcamp followed by airborne school. Does anyone know when this type of graduation will take place?

  • dclee4

    Are there any moms from the Tri City area in Michigan?

  • macll

    My son started bootcamp today at Ft. Benning does anybody know how long it last? Do they go thru AIT during bootcamp or is that after?

  • joshmom17

    My son left for bootcamp Feb 7. dclee4 am from Tri City Michigan. Fron i understand bootcamp is for 9 weeks.

  • 28890478

    My son is due to leave Seattle area in the next day or so and be at Ft. Benning soon.

  • dclee4

    It seems like it has been long, but its only been since Nov., but my son graduates boot camp YEAH!!! I leave for Ft. Benning on the 28th of this month to watch my son graduate on March 2nd.

  • icugoldengirl

    My son just arrived at Ft.Benning this week. Any other new moms ?

  • 2589002

    My son left March 5th for Ft. Benning

  • 28980187

    My son is graduating in April. I don't have the date so I can book a flight. Does anyone know where I can get this info. so I can find out times, accommodations etc.

  • forksfan

    YES to the new mom question - My son left 03-19-12. Started bootcamp 03-30-12. Does anyone have info on family weekend (day?) or graduation and what to expect? Any and all info is greatly appreciated!!!!

  • icugoldengirl

    go to the fort benning website. tons of information. also you can facebook black hawk bravo, that is the fb page of the B150, there is information there. hope this helps.

  • forksfan

    Thanks appreciate it- just received the packet in the mail. It answered a few questions.

  • nterrazas

    Hello, my son will be leaving to start boot-camp this monday 04/23/2012 he will be going to Fort Benning, for some reason I started to feel very nervous and my heart drops just to think about it... any advise from any one that has already been through this.?

  • icugoldengirl

    My son is about 3/4 done. Like I said in an earlier posting, keep you chin up. There will be a letter from the commander, and look for 198th Infantry Brigade on FB, and Fort Benning has a great website with tons of info.

  • forksfan

    I agree with icugoldengirl- keep your chin up. For some reason these boys feel compelled to do this. No I don't understand it but wrap your mind around supporting them- they do need that from us. Your son will start to send letters and that has been a huge help. Ask of him whatever is on your mind and he will send the answers back.(ie: are you drinking plenty of water, what time do you go to bed/wake up). They will send a packet that includes emergency contact info, a weekly break down of what they are doing, how to send letters to your child, and upcoming events. It is hard not being able to call them to check in but the letters you will look foward to. Hang in there...... (mine went 03/19/12) still not used to it but dealing with it one letter at a time

  • nterrazas

    Thank you so much icugoldengirl and forksfan, i just came back from his swear-in ceremony... oh lord this has been hard for me :(... but i am confident that he will be okay.. now that i got these 2 emails from you 2 i feel so much better i know that i am not the only one going through this.. i will keep my chin up since i am so proud of my soon to be soldier :)... and i know his letters will help tons so i cant wait to get the first one. once again thank you for your advise and God Bless...

  • Fuller1975

    my son left yesterday.He should be there today all tho I am very proud of him I am also at a lost I never thought that I could hurt this much I really do not know what to do with my self any words of wisdom?

  • nterrazas

    Hello Fuller1975, what i can tell you is that it is very hard and although time will not really ease your pain you will feel better once he starts writing and calling you.. my son left 2 weeks ago and it has been the hardest thing for me, yes you will go through many sleepless nights and/or crying yourself to sleep, you will be so depressed for many days and maybe weeks but he will be able to call you soon my son called me a week after he left and he talked to me he told me he knew i was going to be very depressed and that he didn't wanted to see me like that because he was doing what he choose to do and that he was very happy.. he also told me that everyone there was very nice and that he couldn't wait to start the actual training (boot-camp) so that helped… knowing that he was just fine and although i still hurt and miss him deeply i know i have to be strong and show him that i support him, i can’t let him worry about me... i know you are very sad right now and my words might not help much but just know that he will be fine and if this was his decision then it is your role to support him... i hope you hear from him soon and you will see how good that feels, and also when you received his first letter you will be jumping of happiness. Please know that you are not alone at all i was able to make a good friend via this website since she is going through the same thing. :)

  • icugoldengirl

    HI Fuller 1975. Be brave. It will get better. I am sorry for Nterrazas for all the pain and sadness you are feeling, but both of you keep your chins up. It will get better. the first two weeks are the hardest, but then you start to learn that they are maturing, becoming soliders, becoming the man you want then to be. Please find the facebook page for your solider, It was blackhawk bravo for the B 150th, there are pictures there, as well as Leonard Studio... it might not be your solider, but you get to see some of the others, and just maybe yours will pop up.. thats always so cool, you get to see what they are doing, or go to the 198th infantry webpage,there is so much information. Keep the letters going to your SIT... he needs your suppport, even if he is saying he doesn'r need stamps, or letters,.,... he does, he is just trying to be brave for all of you. just saying... wishing you both all the best....

  • nterrazas

    icugoldengirl thank you for you kind words i really appreciate your answer and help by giving us the the page name for facebook but i am trying to see the facebook page and it is asking me for the roster #, how can i get that?

  • icugoldengirl

    nterrazas, when you get the letter from the commander, it will have the address to write to you solider, it will have his roster number on it. It is also the number that is on their helmets in some of the pictures.

  • nterrazas

    Thank you so much and God Bless you:)

  • Fuller1975

    This will be my first mothers day with out my son o dout it will me hard to all themothers out there happy mothers day and may god show you peace on this special day god bless you all ad hold our boys tight

  • mzjaysgirl1

    Hello ladies my son just left for boot camp on today 5/21/12 and I super proud of him but not use to him being gone because he is the only child I have. He has enlisted in infantry and just reaching out to meet new ppl. god bless our sons and keep them safe.

  • nterrazas

    Hello mzjasgirl1 i understand how you feel, although my son is not the only child, he is my only boy, this is a great site i was able to contact a few people here and became friends with another mom she also sent her son the same day my son left and we were both devastated but talking and communicating with each other has help tremendously. Our boys are in the same place and we will be able to meet in June 22nd for family day. my advice to you is to read all the previous comments here all these ladies have been through what you are going through and they give pretty good advises. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also if you have access to facebook they have lots of pages with lots of information there if you would like i can send them to you just let me know. i really hope i can help at least a little. Take care :)

  • mzjaysgirl1

    Thank you so much because it is nice to know that there are other family members going through what I am experiencing. I do have facebook and if you could send me some things also it would be helpful. My name is Michele. God bless

  • 28890478

    I ranked a "happy mothers day' text from my son ! That meant the world to me. I was not at his swearing in but he mailed me his picture and it arrived on not a great day and lo and behold he was wearing his departed vietnam vet father's shirt he kept to remember him by. Talk about a flood of tears!!! I immediately respond when he writes to me to encourage him to write me more. Accepting that he is now an adult and choosing to be a soldier I am glad to support him compared to what other choices he had.

  • Army.Mom

    I'm new to the Army life. Is there a group of parents with a soldier in Ft. Benning, Ga. that started June 11th? Would love to connect with other parents in my son's unit. He will be there 14 weeks.

  • forksfan

    I would like to send a THANK YOU to icugoldengirl- your kind guiding words helped a few of us through this daunting task. It was nice to connect with moms going through the same emotional turmoil and missing their child. I started to think I was going mental. You helped alot with the assured tone of your post that it would be ok and we would all get through it with some mature changes coming from our boys. nterrazas and fuller1975- Family day helps a bunch. I really saw the changes the army is notoriuos for. If you are able go spend the weekend with your solider- it will be beneficial for both of you. Book rooms in advance and do visit the Infantry museum. More than likely the boys will want to just hang out and relax. Mine will graduate middle of July and then home for a few weeks- that will be cherished time...... Good Luck to all of the military families and of course our Soldiers. Thank you

  • ArmyProudMom2012

    Finding this site has made me feel better as a Mom of a solder who started basic on June 1, 2012. I'm also new to Army life, and have few questions. Gratefully, we've received a few letters from our son! (Mom's. A relieved and "happy camper") In his last letter, he asked us to send his cellphone to him so he can call family and friends. Our concern is that it might be confiscated since he is in basic (White phase). Before we send his iPhone, is there any way to check Fort Bennining's policy? We'd love to send a are package. Could anyone, with mom-worry experience, suggest acceptable items...as well as treats? Yup, this mom misses her youngest.

  • mhjn00

    My son left for Fort Benning on June 25. He should have just started his basic training. He is a Cavalry Scout. Anybody else out there with a son who is a Cavalry Scout? I believe he is in Delta Troop 5-15. Just patiently waiting for an address so we can send mail.

  • 29596737

    My son left to Ft. Benning boot camp 7/24/12 and I miss him already. Any other parents out there have sons/daughters around the same ship date and wanna keep in touch to share experiences. This is all new to me!

  • Antoinesmom12

    My 18 year old son is going to Fort Benning GA for Basic Training and his job training AIT for the infantry for a total of 14 weeks he leaves on August 21, 2012 from NYS. I am a newbie at this and don't even know what to pack. The list the recruiter gave us is different from the list on the ft Benning website- for example- what about cell phones? I have read conflicting information - also, is graduation at the end of 14 weeks or at the end of the basic part? will he come home then go to a base after the 14 weeks or will he go right to the base where he will be stationed? Is family day at a different time then graduation? where is the best cheapest place to stay when I do go? HELP!

  • Codysmom93

    My 18 yr old son also left for Ft Benning on Tues, Aug 21, 2012 from Tampa. It has been 4 very LONG days waiting on a phone call. Does anyone know how long before the 1st call comes ? or When the letter(s) start coming with info. Is there any other site that has more specific info. And thank you to all who are willing to help us newbie mom's to the Army way of Life. Hooah!

  • MelodyMayabb

    My 18 yr old son left Tuesday Aug 28th for Fort Benning. Does anyone know how long it is before they call to let me know he made it or should I just receive a letter? This is all new to me. Thank you for your help and support with all this. HOOAH!!!!

  • MelodyMayabb

    My 18 yr old son left Tuesday Aug 28th for Fort Benning. Does anyone know how long it is before they call to let me know he made it or should I just receive a letter? This is all new to me. Thank you for your help and support with all this. HOOAH!!!!

  • ProudColoradoMom

    Hi Melody, I would imagine you have received the arrival phone call from your son by now. The, "Hello Mom, this is Private "so and so" calling to let you know that I have arrived at Ft. Benning." They do a quick phone call with the drill sergeant standing by them telling them what to say. It is not a lengthy call by any stretch of the imagination. Ongoing, you may or may not get a quick phone call on Sundays while they are in Red Phase. Once they go on to White Phase (maybe three weeks later), they may get to use their phones longer. Hang in there and write your soldier lots of letters (once he gives you his address....that takes time too). Mail call is really important and the soldiers really look forward to that. Whatever you do, DO NOT send any packages. Take care, Mama Melody!

  • Antoinesmom12

    I just got a phone call from my son- he is just entering Basic from processing- he got there 8/21/12. he gave me his address and that's all he had time for...... I miss and love him so much now the hard work starts for him- I know he can do it!

  • Antoinesmom12

    I just got a phone call from my son- he is just entering Basic from processing- he got there 8/21/12. he gave me his address and that's all he had time for...... I miss and love him so much now the hard work starts for him- I know he can do it!

  • ProudMomof1Soldier

    My son left on Sept 4, I got a text from him telling me that he was in GA, but I haven't heard anything else. Does anyone know when I might hear from him? This is really hard not knowing or hearing from him. I miss him and love him dearly and just need to know what to expect. Thanks for any help...GO ARMY...HOOAH!!!

  • debwith3kids4

    Hello...my son left September 4th for Ft Benning, GA. He called yesterday but only had about 5 minutes. I did find out that he's heard graduation it's November 16-18, but that's only what he's heard. I'm actually trying to find a decent hotel that my family stay at...does anyone have a decent place for that weekend? Would it be better if we stayed on base? Any answers would be better then done. Thanks.

  • ArmySisterLove

    my brother is a staff sargent out there at fort benning. (:

  • randall452

    my son is Infantry just went in feb 11,2013