I just looked at one of the pictures of you at OSUT. I almost burst into tears. There's happy tears because I'm going to see you in twelve hours. And there's tears of sadness that I guess I've held back all of this time. I have missed you so much. I can see so clearly now that being an Army Mom makes you a poster child for mixed emotions. And the journey is only beginning.
We cannot wait to see you. That sentence is a huge understatement. It's hard to even think too much about because the emotions are so overwhelming. How will things be different? How will they be the same? What is the story behind that 2am phone call?? That is the first in a long list of questions. I'll try to pace myself!!
What are you doing this week? I am going to Georgia!! I will finally hear your voice again. The emotions are overwhelming. Making it through this week will be hard. I've got your Oreos. We are bringing the XBox. We love you and cannot wait to see you again!
of RASP is here. I'm not going to lie, it freaks me out that he is going to do this. Why would I want my 'baby' to get four hours sleep per night and lose twenty pounds because he only gets two meals a day? But this is his dream and I am very proud of him for working so hard to get into this program. If he makes it through, I will celebrate with him. If for some reason he does not, I will still be so proud of him. I know he will do great things no matter where he is.
OK, I was not using the correct terminology in some of my posts. He has a contract to go to RASP. If he makes it through, he will be part of the 75th Ranger Regiment. He will have the cool beret. Ranger School is different and he may or may not do that. I'm honestly still looking around for a clearer and more recent explanation of the next steps after his OSUT graduation.
"So the two cool bits about this week, I got paid again and I GOT A RANGER CONTRACT!!!! Signed the paperwork today. Even the paperwork was cool, basically it was just 'realize that you will be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane multiple times and then go through two months of really hard training."
"I'm sooo excited for RASP (Ranger Assessment and Preparation Program). I know you miss me and believe me, I miss you a lot. I'm really grateful for your support on this. Honestly, I could not have gotten through a Ranger contract with out you guys backing me up."
I will aways remember this day and when I am missing him terribly, I will reread this letter. I could not be prouder of my son.
"One thing I've learned about basic and any difficult sh&%? It's all attitude. I DGAF (sorry, his words not mine) if a DS makes me do 1000 push ups or crunches because I'll be strong as hell afterwards. If I have to go to Alaska, or if I get my slot (in Ranger school), I'll be ready and motivated to make the best of it.
A Soldier's Mom
This is a journal about my experiences as a soldier's Mom. My son gradated OSUT at Fort Benning in October 2013. He is currently stationed at Fort Carson, CO.