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    loulou88
    16 year old son starting his army training help!
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    • 15th Aug 08, 9:12 PM
    16 year old son starting his army training help! 15th Aug 08 at 9:12 PM
    My 16 year old son starts his army training in 2 weeks ,over 700 miles from home.
    Has anybody got any tips for him or any ideas what may be handy for him to take with him apart from the list the army gave him? Any tips would help.
    They said take about £50 in money any ideas if this is enough?
    I think I'm worrying because he will be so far from home. I won't be taking him to the camp like some of the other families of new starters.
    Should he take his possesions in a suitcase of a large holdall does it matter?



    Thought it would help if I added that he is going to Winchester
    Last edited by loulou88; 22-08-2008 at 8:03 PM. Reason: adding text
    lots of small steps
    will get you a long way
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  • alex-wakefield
    My younger brother just came back from the Royal Marines with a back problem.
    He was 16 when he started, and he still thinks it was the best thing he could have done...

    so i think, that if someone you know is thinking about joining a service at a young age it can be a good thing. if it is thought through thoroughly. Our lad wanted to do it for years, make sure it's something they really want to do!
    • little-lou-pink
    • By little-lou-pink 30th Dec 09, 11:08 PM
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    little-lou-pink
    Just an update for everyone. My son has recieved his 1st posting and he is going away on January 3rd 2010. He is going to Cyprus. He is very lucky to get this postting we have been told.
    He will still be 17 when he gets there hes 18 a few weeks later. Shame he wont be home for that.
    We ve had a lovely xmas together and will be spending new year celebrations together having a party for him.
    I just wanted to let any mums or dads of new recruits that all will be well and they are looked after very well.
    My son has come back with so much respect for everything wow he even vacuumed my stairs today (he never did that before ever) and I didnt even ask him.
    So if you are worrying about you son/ daughter as they go off to camp for the 1st time. Rest easy as all in all it is a great experience.
    happy new year
    wanting to win a wedding

    • Alias_Omega
    • By Alias_Omega 31st Dec 09, 8:12 AM
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    Alias_Omega
    Hi Lou,

    Where in Cyprus is he going.?

    Did you know that in the end of Feb 2 adults can fly with easyjet return into Paphos with 1x 20kg bag from Manchester - Paphos for under 150. I think its fly thursday return on the tuesday.

    As the year goes on, flights are more expensive but Jet2 start to fly from East Midlands from April onwards. Easyjet fly all year round.

    I've been looking to fly the family out.

    Regards,

    Alias

    • Moneybubbles
    • By Moneybubbles 2nd Jan 10, 10:16 PM
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    Moneybubbles
    Thats great news, hope he has a enjoys it

    Loved reading this post all the way through, thanks for sharing.

    My dad is ex RAF and hubby RAF so all I have ever know so to hear from civiy street

    I wish your son all the best
    it costs nothing to smile
    • 13Kent
    • By 13Kent 3rd Jan 10, 7:58 AM
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    13Kent
    Been reading your post with interest. I'm sure he's only got this far due to your support.

    Cyprus will be a brilliant posting for him with a lot of things for him to do outside working hours. Hope he enjoys it, and you can get out for a visit.
  • Bellebo
    My son left to go to Harogate today to start his training...am still sat here crying now with a mixture of pride and sadness.x
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  • spike7451
    My son left to go to Harogate today to start his training...am still sat here crying now with a mixture of pride and sadness.x
    Originally posted by Bellebo
    He'll be alright,he'll have grown 6ft by the time you see him next!
    The's a thread for parents here
    http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=136790.html
    so if you have any concerns,queries ect,just ask.Some parents even meet up when going down to the respective camps & become friends.
    HTH & best of luck to him.
  • vixtay
    My son left to go to Harogate today to start his training...am still sat here crying now with a mixture of pride and sadness.x
    Originally posted by Bellebo
    Hey there...
    My son started at afc in september hes there too....Royal Signals Cambrai
    Heres a fab site of where all the parents are.....
    http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=136790/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=1420.html

    Welcome to the Afc family,
    vik xx

    I see you have met iron....sorry for duplicate link.....
    • adouglasmhor
    • By adouglasmhor 3rd Jan 10, 11:19 PM
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    adouglasmhor
    Hey there...
    My son started at afc in september hes there too....Royal Signals Cambrai
    Heres a fab site of where all the parents are.....
    http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=136790/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=1420.html

    Welcome to the Afc family,
    vik xx

    I see you have met iron....sorry for duplicate link.....
    Originally posted by vixtay
    What trade?
    • strong96
    • By strong96 14th Jan 10, 10:47 AM
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    strong96
    my son goes off to catterick in feb, does his 6mths training joins his btln and end of year off to afghan, hubby is in different btln and off to afghan end of year so for 6 months i'll have hubby and son in afghan oh what joys.
    • little-lou-pink
    • By little-lou-pink 21st Jan 10, 2:25 PM
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    little-lou-pink
    Up date on army sons training
    Just to let you all know who have followed my blog here. My son is now in Cyprus he went a few weeks ago got stuck in Lineham because of snow but eventally arrived in sunny cyprus.
    He has rang me twice so far chatted on facebook and is having a ball. He has just has his 18th birthday out there and was going for a meal to celebrate when I spoke to him
    . He is getting a holiday to come home at the end of April , it will be great to see him.
    I am hoping to save up and go see him it will take me till 2011 at least, but I've found a cheap villa that includes a car rental that is near to where he is staying so I'll book that soon. They only want 50 deposit now so that a help.
    I just need to know where to get cheap flight from any idea? For one adult (me) and a will be then 14 year old.
    It will be awkward for me as I already live on an island (the isle of lewis) so I would have to fly to the mainland 1st, or ferry n bus/train then fly to Cyprus. I have choice of flying to Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow from Isle of Lewis but there is always option of going to another airport but that would make journey longer.
    Any idea folks of where to look for cheap flights and is it possible to book for 2011 so soon?
    thanks for helping me so far.
    Last edited by little-lou-pink; 30-01-2010 at 12:47 PM.
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    • little-lou-pink
    • By little-lou-pink 21st Jan 10, 2:51 PM
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    little-lou-pink
    my son goes off to catterick in feb, does his 6mths training joins his btln and end of year off to afghan, hubby is in different btln and off to afghan end of year so for 6 months i'll have hubby and son in afghan oh what joys.
    Originally posted by strong96
    I feel blessed my son has 3 year in cyprus before we have to think about that.
    It must be hard for you with two out there. I send you blessings
    Be proud of what they are doing.
    wanting to win a wedding

    • in_the_Cotswolds
    • By in_the_Cotswolds 1st Feb 10, 12:24 PM
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    in_the_Cotswolds
    Does the base your son is on not have rooms for visiting families? I was based in RAF Akritori in 2003 and they have rooms to rent for visiting families for a nomial fee. Also can you not get forces family flights from Brize Norton?

    Although I post mainly on the mobile phones forum I'm also a RAF Reservist based at RAF Brize Norton. I'm due to go to the Squadron during the week (currently unemployed) and I'll have a look for you if you're interested.

  • Dwayne Stanley
    Mom I am a veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. I read much of your thread because I was 17 years old when I left my home in the mountains of West Virginia to go on the GREAT ADVENTURE and see the world. My mom cried for a few days,but then she became my best friend and helper for 5 years until I got married. I appreciate the sacrafice your family has made for the protection of the free world and am thankful we have allies like your family.. I would check and see if your son can use prepaid international phone cards. This is something that can be bought in lots of minutes and can be used in various regions. It is always nice to call MOM whenever you get a little homesick or on holidays.
  • bigpound
    My son has come back with so much respect for everything wow he even vacuumed my stairs today (he never did that before ever) and I didnt even ask him.
    Originally posted by little-lou-pink
    This is why we should have conscription for criminal youth, army sorts 'em out!
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