There are dozens of threads on PPW that should be findable using the search box. There are all kinds of recommendations.What should I expect for the visit weekend? Will my DS be able to stay with us if I get us a bed and breakfast? Or is this more of a come see me graduate from basic take me out to eat and go home kind of thing?
Not always! That is what we were running into, that our plebe would NOT be released for liberty PPW! That was what sent me into an emotional tizzy. I can handle not seeing him for this and that. But we didn't know until we saw the whites of his eyes after his DR appointment and waiting for his company on the court, whether or not we would actually get to see him. Sans liberty, they would "give him his phone for the weekend so we could at least have that". It worked out. We got him. and since he had been SIQ for a week, he was WELL rested and didnt sleep with us. There is always a silver lining! But that time between PRT and formation was the longest in recent memory.+1 to @justdoit19. There are families who watch evening formation on Thursday and don’t see their plebe there. Often, it’s because the plebe is injured and on crutches or a wheelie (a common occurrence). So the plebe is hidden away in the shadows, because outdoor formation is as much a marketing tool as it is an exercise in good military order. Can’t let the tourists see the lame and wounded now, can we?
The good news is, the lame and wounded are still eligible for town liberty during PPW!