1st Phone Call Today - Plebe Candidate Class of 2016

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  1. Applicant2016

    Applicant2016 New Member

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    We are anxiously waiting for our DS to call us for the (6 minute) call....has anyone heard from your Plebe Candidate yet???
     
  2. KP2013Momm

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    I believe an email went out that the calls would be mode between 6 and 6:30pm. Check the parents Facebook 2016 page. I remember that we waited at home all day. I did not want to chance being in a no service area, then our DS told us he was fine and hung up after 4min not wanting to run over.
    Advice: do not ask lots of questions just let your DS or DD talk and listen.
     
  3. KP13Mom

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    Has it been 3 years? Our first call was 4:59 minutes with a DI in the background counting down the seconds. Thank goodnss I had questions written down beforehand and took notes. Didn't know 5 minutes went so fast.

    Parents-don't be overly concerned if the first call home isn't what you thought it would be. Some calls will be upbeat. Some won't. This is the time you get to listen and be the cheerleader and remind them to make little goals. Some days DS took it day by day others were hour by hour. The next call will be easier for all.
     
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    I know it get's said a lot but just a reminder to the parents who will get calls today - remember your son or daughter who will be calling you will likely be as overtired as they ever have been in their lives so just factor that in to your assessment of their mood.

    Continued good luck and best wishes to all, these past two weeks will be two of the more stressful for both the Class of 2016 and their parents. After this year is over, the next biggest stresses don't happen till license prep...

    Hang in there and remember to keep your belt fastened and your hands and feet inside the car at all times the ride is in motion.:thumb:
     
  5. Navy4ever

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    I'm on the ride!

    Thank you for your kind words Jasperdog:shake:much appreciated:smile:
     
  6. KP2013dramamama

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    Enjoy the calls. Tell them you love them and remind them (now if there's time) that what they did to get to this point, is what they need to keep doing to stay and they will get stronger. It can be a shock for some kids and parents, but not for others. New patterns will be their new normal. Before you know it, you'll be getting another phone call next week. By the end of the first year for parents and Plebes, it does get easier and more interesting.
     
  7. Ddcga

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    If I could do it over again from last year I would take a few seconds to tell DS that tonight would most likely be a rough one after calling home. Not only was it hard for a homesick DS to hear mom's voice, but after the call was over he said the DI's gave them the worst time of all of indoc. He said the hours after that first phone call were probably the worst he's experienced at KP so far. Make sure to give lots of encouragement, assure them that it's going to be tough and they can get through this.
     
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    Learning to 1) separate oneself honestly from what was said/given by a DI (b/c that was personally learned already)and 2) learning from what was said/given by a DI b/c it hasn't been learned, are 2 different things. All professionals in life learn, 'hear the words, apply them, but DO NOT JUDGE yourself into condemnation". HOW a person (and your sons and daughters ARE STILL PEOPLE) learns, is part of THE HUMAN VOYAGE...
     

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