Welcome to the Air Force family Margaret. At this point the only thing you want to send your son are just letters, and lots of them. Telling him how proud of him you are and what a great thing he is doing for you, his family and country. Make sure that you send these notes in plain white envelopes, with no writing on the outside of the envelopes. You don't want do anything that will make his mail "stand out" from other mail, it will make his mail-call painless.
You don't want to send any care packages at this time. Once he is in Tech School you can send him all the care packages you want - and he'll love them!!
Well I found out that she will be home for Thanksgiving! I'm very happy because that is my favorite holiday.
Depending on your sons TI (Training Instructor) he might be able to call once a week. But usually it's for a very short amount of time. If he doesn't call during Basic it's not his fault - it really depends on the performance of his unit and how the TI does his business. Every TI does things a little different.
Nothing, you can send nothing. Make the letters as wonderful as possible, maybe a few pictures, I made mine paper copies so he could throw them away. Also don't do any special embellishments to the letters. He's having a great time I'm sure, according to my son that got out last year. I sent my son a letter a day, but they don't get them every day. Congratulations for your son!!!
David and Sharon are correct, The only thing you can send are letters. Do not send postcards or packages while they are in Basic. Postcards can be read by anybody and the carepackages will not make it to your Airman. One of our friends sent my son a postcard when he was in Basic and he got a talking to about it. It was not his fault but still he got the talking to.
Letters are your Airmans life line to the outside world. And yes be very positive and encouraging. don't burdon them with family troubles just tell them how proud you are them and that you look forward to going and watching them graduate from Basic. And write a leeter everyday the mail runs. You will only get a few letters, maybe one a week but keep writing. Your Airman neds to have at least one letter every mail call.
Photos are okay but I would not go to far overboard with them. A few photos can really help. It is hard once they are gone but remember how proud you are of him and think about what positive things you can tell him in the next letter. The first phone call can be the hardest one. They tend to get easier. When I was in we got one in the beginning and that was it, I am glad they get more calls. He will get leave after Tech school, most likely. But I hope you are planning to go watch him graduate from Basic. That is an awesome event. If at all possible you need to go as much for you as it will be for him.
Stephanie, you are awesome, thanks for your insight. Thats why I like you young Airmen on this site so you can help this old Airman with the more up yo date info. Thanks.