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Old 12-14-2008, 01:00 PM
2-19 mom 2-19 mom is offline
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Default New to Army community and to forums in general-need advice please

Hi Everyone, This is all new to me but I hope you all can steer me in the right direction. My son just graduated Basic and Infantry AIT in Nov and just arrived @ Camp Casey S. Korea last week. Before he even got to his quarters, some of his fellow soldiers took his backpack and passed out all of the stuff he brought from home (like the new Ipod touch his dad & I got him for graduation, and the Sony PSP he bought himself before he even left Ft.Benning. I'm not sure about his cell phone.) Is this some sort of hazing ritual and he will get his things back or are they gone forever? Welcome to the Army... He doesn't want to be labeled a snitch by reporting this. And as much as I would like to call someone in charge and complain, I don't think he'd appreciate his 'Mommy' jumping in to fix things!!! What do you think? Has anyone been there? Does he have any recourse? Thanks a lot for reading my first ever post in the world.

I guess I jumped the gun on posting when I did...My son emailed that his stuff has been coming back to him a piece at a time. He said he got his ipod back in exchange for a weeks extra duty, etc. It's tough being here and not knowing what's character building and what's not! Thanks everyone.

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:35 AM
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Lightbulb A bit late...

but if I am accepted I'm only bringing exactly what is on the list of "what to bring" to basic training

As for forums, I know about that subject, so please do allow me to elaborate in great detail... First the bad news, then the good news...

Be ready for anything. The internet is not always a nice place, and forums have lots of people who aren't nice. not to say there aren't nice people too, but the jerks seem to always be more vocal. Grow thick skin quick, or you won't last online.

Think about what you say before you say it. If you're not sure, it never hurts to do a little research before you post. If you're wrong, you're probably going to get torn to shreds. Even if you're right, you'll sometimes get torn to shreds anyway.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that more often than not, people are pretty nice and you will often get the answer you want, or at least go off on a good tangent, like spam casseroles and assorted breakfast treats involving canned meats.

You'll often get even more information than you wanted if you ask questions. That can be quite good actually, especially if you like to discuss things in detail.

Some tips:

If you don't want to get embroiled in a controversial topic, avoid saying controversial things. Some topics that are almost certainly going to get heated replies...

religion
abortion
pit bulls
the middle east
homosexuality
politics
Brittany Spears (OUCH!!)

Don't take anything for face value just because someone has a lot of posts. Post count means nothing, post quality means everything.

Sometimes forums have controls to prevent spammers that limit what you do, especially when you are new (as I found out here, yesterday and today ). Sometimes you can't post links, pictures or do certain things on your profile till you establish yourself as a non breakfast meat product.

If someone attacks you, don't lose your cool. I have umpteen billion posts on many forums over many years and I've been attacked more than the blitzkrieg during all of '40-'42.

have fun!
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:50 PM
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Default Sherry

Hi, I have no idea what I am doing. I am new at this. I have two sons in the army and have not heard of anything like what you have related. But I have heard other things that I am not crazy about, but only when someone is acting like a jerk. For me that does not make it okay.

I have one son who has been to Iraq, he is now stationed at Ft. Mead, MD. His younger brother is in AIT at Ft. Gordon, GA. I really feel like I would like to be able to have contact with other army parents.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:40 AM
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Welcome Sherry. Thanks for bringing up two sons who are warriors.

My son left active duty with the 3rd Ranger Battalion some months ago & is now in a Reserve unit & is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He had 4 deployments to Iraq & 1 to Afghanistan. Rangers have more frequent deployments that are shorter so they can come back to train for other contingencies that they can't train for in a combat zone. I spent 27 years in the military but his deployments weren't any easier on me or his mom.

Now that you have one son safely back stateside & another that will undoubtedly deploy sometime in the future you can console yourself with the fact that our soldiers are among the best trained in the world.

Tell your sons thanks for their service.
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