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Gifts for a young man going into the Marines

Posted on 03/09/2006 11:16:26 AM PST by babyface00

Please excuse the vanity - its for a good cause.

I have a friend at work whose cousin has joined the Marines and is leaving in a few weeks, presumably for Parris Island.

As many do, the family is throwing a celebratory party before he leaves.

My friend would like to get her cousin something, preferably that he can use in boot camp or shortly after.

As neither of us has close recent experience with someone entering the military, we're not sure what is useful or appropriate.

Some things I suggested:

Phone cards

Stationary and stamps

Are these good suggestions? Anyone have any others? We're not sure what he can use or, more importantly, what he would be allowed to have in boot camp.

Many thanks in advance.


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1 posted on 03/09/2006 11:16:30 AM PST by babyface00
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To: babyface00

Foot Powder and Insole inserts.


2 posted on 03/09/2006 11:18:16 AM PST by zzen01
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To: babyface00

He won't need much in boot camp. Phone cards are good. But boot camp is run pretty spartanly. What he needs most is your congratulations for choosing to serve, along with your best wishes.


3 posted on 03/09/2006 11:18:26 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: babyface00

Give him your prayers.

The Marine Corps will furnish him everything else.

Semper Fi,
Kelly


4 posted on 03/09/2006 11:18:54 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: babyface00

There are no gifts you can give to a Marine recruit going into bootcamp. Everything they bring with them, including the clothes on their backs, will be confiscated and not returned until they graduate. Everything they need will be provided for them.

The best thing you can give this recruit is advice:

"In the Marine Corps, there is no 'I think I can' or 'Maybe I will' or 'I might be able to.' Either you do or you don't. There is no in between."


5 posted on 03/09/2006 11:19:44 AM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: babyface00

They will provide him everything he needs for boot camp. Buy him a paperback for the plane ride that he can trash when he gets there because he will not be allowed to keep it.


6 posted on 03/09/2006 11:20:29 AM PST by Taylor42
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Tell him you'll send him care packages after bootcamp. Cookies, paperbacks, etc.


7 posted on 03/09/2006 11:21:36 AM PST by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: babyface00
The very best gift you can give him is send him a postcard (not a letter, but a single sheet postcard) every week with funny sayings on them, and remember to write how terrible drill Sergent's are and reply to him that you are sure there are many bigger a$$*($#s than his Sergent in the Corp. They love getting postcards like that throughout boot.
8 posted on 03/09/2006 11:21:56 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Abathar
From one who went through the twelve weeks of Hell at Parris Island, all I can say is: Very funny, Abathar!
10 posted on 03/09/2006 11:23:27 AM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: babyface00

New toothbrush
New dental floss
New razor and some blades.

Everthing else is a load and he can't keep it.

They will give him everything else he needs.

Give him a good send off.


11 posted on 03/09/2006 11:24:35 AM PST by Al Gator (Remember always to pillage BEFORE you burn!)
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To: 84rules

What? Hey, those postcards are private aren't they? :-)


12 posted on 03/09/2006 11:24:43 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: babyface00

My uncle got me a Swiss army knife that I still have till this day.

Semper Fi'
Jarhead


13 posted on 03/09/2006 11:24:51 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: Abathar

You are soooooo bad!



Funny, but bad!


14 posted on 03/09/2006 11:25:14 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy (VPD of LCpl Smoothguy242, USMC, somewhere in Afghanistan)
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To: babyface00

After boot camp, send him condoms and phone cards.


15 posted on 03/09/2006 11:27:12 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: kellynla
When they hit the yellow foot prints they give up everything they came in with. All personnel belongings are taken away and put in storage. Don't even bother with phone cards. They are not allowed to call...at least they weren't when my son went to PI four years ago.

One suggestion is this. The night of his party, take up a small collection towards the purchase of a Dress Blue jacket. They are not issued items. The platoon honor grad gets one, but that's it. On Family Day, take him to the MCSS (Military Clothing Sales Store) and purchase him one and maybe all the accoutrement's that go with it.

And prayers!! Lots of Prayers!!
16 posted on 03/09/2006 11:27:14 AM PST by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: babyface00

Give him nothing. They will just take it away. While in Boot Camp send only letters with only straight addresses, no cute stuff. No packages, no cookies , nothing but letters.


17 posted on 03/09/2006 11:27:23 AM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: babyface00

He can't really take anything to boot. You have to pretty much surrender anything that you brought with you when you go there. 'Care packages' are better when he has finished training and goes to his unit.

I took the clothes on my back and a watch when I was there, and that was about it. We weren't supposed to keep our watches, but it turned out that we needed them for firewatch in boot.

Is he going to Parris Island, SC or San Diego? Not that it matters really, just curious.


18 posted on 03/09/2006 11:27:31 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: babyface00

The only thing we were allowed to keep was our wallets, assuming that there were no "pornographic" pictures, and cigarettes and lighter. EVERYTHING else, including stationary, toothpaste, soap, was provided by the Corps, in what was called a Bucket Issue. Phone cards would be useless, since pay phone are VERY scarce. Pogie bait is right out, although we had one guy who kept getting sticks of gum in his mail. He got to chew the gum, he just didn't get to unwrap it...


19 posted on 03/09/2006 11:27:41 AM PST by jonascord ("As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!")
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To: PETEPARSLEY; Admin Moderator

You're not going to make a lot of friends here. We're proud of those who serve, and we don't put stupid kids jokes in our taglines.


20 posted on 03/09/2006 11:28:01 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Riley

Parris Island- sorry- I re-read your post.


21 posted on 03/09/2006 11:28:11 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Abathar
What? Hey, those postcards are private aren't they? :-)

And so where the envelopes with pictures of puppies and kittens on them that my mother made the mistake of sending to me once.
22 posted on 03/09/2006 11:28:38 AM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: 84rules

LOL! My girlfriend sent me a half-inch thick letter. I paid dearly for that.


23 posted on 03/09/2006 11:31:22 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: MineralMan

Thanks Mineral, saved me the post.


24 posted on 03/09/2006 11:31:23 AM PST by Al Gator (Remember always to pillage BEFORE you burn!)
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To: babyface00

There may be some personal items allowed the recruit these days but I remember everything--everything--being packed and sent home. In boot camp, at least it was in 1969, the Marine Corps issues everything and does not allow the recruit to keep anything he brought. I remember a grocery type paper bag used to put your stuff in for shipment--and it arrives home in not great condition.
Perhaps a gift for graduation would be a good idea.
For the party, my opinion is to make him feel good about himself and that you're proud of him. He would not be advised to get a haircut either that tries to mimic what Marine recuits wear--which starts out as no hair.
For what it's worth--but God speed to the young man--it'll be one thing he will be proudest of being a part.


25 posted on 03/09/2006 11:32:22 AM PST by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: SAMS

and why, pray tell, are you telling me all that?

I got the full treatment in 1968! LOL

Semper Fi,
Kelly


26 posted on 03/09/2006 11:32:34 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: PETEPARSLEY; darkwing104

A whiff, maybe?


27 posted on 03/09/2006 11:34:14 AM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: babyface00

Thanks for everyone's replies (except the troll).

I'll pass them along.


This particular young man briefly fell under the influence of one of his relatives who isn't exactly a model citizen. I think he's recognized the error of his ways, but I believe the Marines will take him farther down the right path then he ever imagined.

Its a profound thing that young men (and women) are willing to volunteer to be one of the "rough men (who)stand ready to do violence on our behalf"


28 posted on 03/09/2006 11:34:32 AM PST by babyface00
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To: Abathar

The thing that I wrote to a friend's son, who was in Marine boot camp last summer was: when things get rough and you think you won't make it, or don't want to go further, remember all those back at home (or school) who told you you'd never make it.....then prove them wrong!!!!!

He told me that worked for him!!!!!!!


29 posted on 03/09/2006 11:34:32 AM PST by Betteboop
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To: kellynla

Sorry 'bout that...I wasn't paying much attention and hit the wrong "post reply" button!! And sorry if reference to the "yellow footprints" bought back any bad memories! LOL


30 posted on 03/09/2006 11:35:27 AM PST by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: Abathar

Drill Instructors are known, far and wide, for their all encompassing and understanding sense of humor. There is nothing D.I.s like more then the humorous jibe, at their expense, and to be called "D.I.". They are always willing to spend time in personal conversations with a confused and lonely recruit...


31 posted on 03/09/2006 11:36:14 AM PST by jonascord ("As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!")
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To: PETEPARSLEY

You have a problem with someone willing to serve in the Marine Corp?


32 posted on 03/09/2006 11:36:35 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: babyface00

Nothing for now. But have him write to you of anyone he doesn't like in another platoon. Then, send THEM large chocolate cakes, cookies, and stuffed animals.


33 posted on 03/09/2006 11:36:47 AM PST by Jemian (He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose. -Jim Elliot)
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To: babyface00

A young woman.


34 posted on 03/09/2006 11:36:57 AM PST by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: babyface00

As others have said, you can't really give him much for boot camp. Gratitude is good though, let him know how much you appreciate what he's doing for his country.


35 posted on 03/09/2006 11:37:28 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: BamaAndy
There may be some personal items allowed the recruit these days but I remember everything--everything--being packed and sent home. In boot camp, at least it was in 1969, the Marine Corps issues everything and does not allow the recruit to keep anything he brought. I remember a grocery type paper bag used to put your stuff in for shipment--and it arrives home in not great condition.

Perhaps a gift for graduation would be a good idea.

Wise words. The recruiters will tell you not to bring anything with you. They aren't kidding. No toothbrush or shaving kit or anything. You will be forced to relenquish it immediately.

I went through boot in '82. Anybody here more recent than that, that can offer more current info?

36 posted on 03/09/2006 11:37:33 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Abathar

Drill Instructors are known, far and wide, for their all encompassing and understanding sense of humor. There is nothing D.I.s like more then the humorous jibe, at their expense, and to be called "D.I.". They are always willing to spend time in personal conversations with a confused and lonely recruit...


37 posted on 03/09/2006 11:37:45 AM PST by jonascord ("As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!")
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To: babyface00; All

Lots of loving support.


38 posted on 03/09/2006 11:37:47 AM PST by krunkygirl
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To: babyface00

I was Navy (but there were three generations of Marines before me!) and from my own experience, the one thing I always wished I could get more of was a "taste" of home, more often.

Always missed grandma's cooking, and she was a whiz at making preserves, too. I always used to write home and beg for cookies and cakes, and above all else, her strawberry jam and apple jelly. Perhaps if you have that sort of talent, or know someone who does, you could make a commitment to supply the lad with this sort of thing on a semi-regular basis?

You'd be surprised at just what a morale booster that sort of thing can be. She always used to send a few extras that I would share with my shipmates, too.

I like the idea of phone cards, stationary and stamps, too.

In any case, save that gift for after graduation. It will be confiscated as soon as he gets off the bus at Sand Flea Heaven (Parris Island).


39 posted on 03/09/2006 11:38:39 AM PST by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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To: Abathar; PETEPARSLEY

"You have a problem with someone willing to serve in the Marine Corp?"

I think PETEPARSLEY is a kid. He likes to put poopoo caca stuff in his taglines and generally write nonsense in threads. He's had a bunch of messages pulled, so I expect he's on a very short leash.


40 posted on 03/09/2006 11:40:02 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: PETEPARSLEY

A funny boy eh?


41 posted on 03/09/2006 11:40:14 AM PST by steveo (Father's Against Rude Television. You may already be a member.)
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To: jonascord

You both are bad!!! hehe Motivation platoon volunteers?


42 posted on 03/09/2006 11:40:27 AM PST by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: Wombat101
Always missed grandma's cooking, and she was a whiz at making preserves, too. I always used to write home and beg for cookies and cakes, and above all else, her strawberry jam and apple jelly. Perhaps if you have that sort of talent, or know someone who does, you could make a commitment to supply the lad with this sort of thing on a semi-regular basis?

He would never get a single taste of it in the Marine Corps. It would be immediately confiscated and disposed of, and large amounts of punishment dispensed to the intended recipient of the package in the form of a long and memorable pit call.

43 posted on 03/09/2006 11:42:28 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: babyface00
Of all the posts for what this young man will need are pretty much on target. The Corp has the opinion that if you really need this or that it will be issued to you. You do not need your mommy or your daddy, the Corp will issue you the necessary items to replace the urge to want to go home and cry on mommy's shoulder. The Corp wants these young men to focus on one thing and one thing only and that is to be the best Marine that has ever come out of boot camp. This is what will save his life and the lives of his fellow Marines. So the best thing you can give this boy, soon to be a Marine, is your prayers that he be the best Marine in his class.
44 posted on 03/09/2006 11:42:53 AM PST by OldBullrider
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To: babyface00

Get 'em an Aimpoint COMPM3 red dot sight.


45 posted on 03/09/2006 11:43:34 AM PST by skeeter
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To: babyface00

Cut out a picture of a hot girl in a bikini and mail it to him while he is in boot camp. Make sure you put on the letter "URGENT, PRIVATE LETTER, MUST RECEIVE". DI's love that.


46 posted on 03/09/2006 11:44:30 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jonascord

I know that, its just a time honored tradition in our family to pull that prank at least once to every one of us that goes in, makes for a great memory a few years down the line.


47 posted on 03/09/2006 11:44:33 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: babyface00

My niece the Marine could have used some tissues. For the moment when she finished the Crucible and stepped back onto the parade ground, to see her country's flag. The proudest moment of her life. But then again, perhaps she wouldn't have wanted to wipe away those tears.


48 posted on 03/09/2006 11:47:05 AM PST by MJemison
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To: MineralMan

yeah, I read what he posted in forum, either that or he is just trying to see how far he can go til he gets zapped.


49 posted on 03/09/2006 11:48:04 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: PETEPARSLEY

Dope!


50 posted on 03/09/2006 11:48:18 AM PST by Toby06
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