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Old 10-26-2017, 11:55 AM
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My Son is graduating Marine boot camp in about 5 weeks. Heading down a couple days ahead of time and staying a couple days after.

Any one else experience this and offer any insight, suggestions, or what not?

And yes, I am extremely proud !!!

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My Son is graduating marine boot camp in about 5 weeks. Heading down a couple days ahead of time and staying a couple days after.

Any one else experience this and offer any insight, suggestions, or what not?

And yes, I am extremely proud !!!
I went to a graduation there maybe, 25 years ago. The transformation physically and mentally is unbelievable. I watched as 100 new Marines, marched in formation and received their papers..very Impressive.

Congradulations, it's quite an accomplishment.
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When my son graduated from basic, We stayed on the base. I’m retired from the Coast Guard. Not a lot to do there. It’s located out in the sticks for a reason. We toured the base and went to the museum. My son was ready to sleep for a day or two, before he went on to another school.
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Downtown Beaufort is nice. Have lunch along waterfront park. Parris Island used to have a great golf course for super cheap. I don't know if the course is still in good shape or not, but it's a bargain if you play. Family day will give you time to see PI. The museum is interesting. Maybe hit up a local guide and do a inshore trip. Offshore isn't worth your time right now. If you guys are foodies. Hit up Charleston for a day trip on the way home. Congrats to your son.
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1959 - I became a full fledged Marine there--remember it well
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everyone needs to do this. i did the same thing in 2008. ist pic is graduation day, 2nd is the day he got back from afghanistan to 29 palms. Proud Dad days on both
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My brother graduated there 4 yrs ago it was amazing and quite the sight to see. Best advice I can offer is be on the parade field early for a good spot to see it all. Hotels book up fast. Not much to see in Jacksonville itself unless you want a tattoo or visit the local strip clubs. Maybe fish the neuse river or inshore for drum. Congrats to your son.
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Been about 20 years since I graduated there, but if they have the same stuff here’s what I suggest: hit up family day, you’ll get to tour the island that day and go to the museum. Go to the colors ceremony the day of graduation and of course graduation. After graduation I’m sure your son will just want to get the heck out of there. I know I did.

BTW, anything can happen in the next 5 weeks to impact his graduation date. 5 weeks is a LONG time in boot camp. That date is just the projected date. If he passes everything and doesn’t get seriously injured between now and then, he should graduate. Seen it happen more than most would think and guys got recycled.
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Tell him I said THANKS FOR HIS SERVICE
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Congrats. You must be very proud and so are we.

Just enjoy the day.

I graduated navy boot in 84.

Couldn’t wait to get out in the fleet.

Wish him all the best and god speed
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Congrats!


If you have a CCW permit - leave it off the base.
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Congrats to your son. My wife and I went to my son's commissioning 2 years ago (army). As far as advice, take lots of pictures and enjoy the show. The military puts a lot effort and heart into these ceremonies, it's inspiring.
I don't know about PI and what they allow after the graduation. But if they give your son leave, feed him a good meal.
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Also, forgot to post - there is probably an info page on the Parris Island website with inf.
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Not much to do on P.I. so just enjoy the ceremony. We got "base liberty" on the day before graduation to just hang out with our families. The slop-chute in Mainside was popular, but we weren't allowed to drink.

He's going to want a good meal and a beer when you're off the island.
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oo-rah! congrats to your son and give him ours thanks for his service!
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Thanks for all of the advice so far. I've had the travel plans booked for a few weeks now. Staying in Beaufort. Never been there before. Been to Hilton head though. Two days before the graduation ceremony, the family gets to tour Parris Island. I'm really looking forward to that. Just bought a new DSLR camera, so I plan on taking tons of pics.

Yeah, I'm extremely proud of him. I write to him twice a week. Got 5 letters from him so far. All he talked about is how much fun he's having. This is something he's wanted to do for about 4 yrs now. Sounds like it's been all he's hoped it would be.
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I went to a graduation there maybe, 25 years ago. The transformation physically and mentally is unbelievable. I watched as 100 new Marines, marched in formation and received their papers..very Impressive.

Congradulations, it's quite an accomplishment.
This. Even tho I'm non-military, the graduation was an emotional, patriotic experience. Glad we drove 500 miles to attend and witness and experience the event.

We stayed up there for the night before...Too far to drive from Savannah.
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45 min from Savannah on 17, Beaufort is sleepy kind of town.

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