Hello G.I. Jules fans –
Well, we have talked to Julian about 4 times since she had arrived at Fort Jackson. She sounds GREAT! She prefers I hold off from giving you too many details – as she is writing her own blog notes every day and will mail them for me to post. She’d like her experiences to be in her own words and Julian is an excellent writer (many of you know that). So you can look forward seeing it!
Here are just a few snippets in a “Parents Version”. Her first week is what they call “Reception” which is full of in-processing stuff — paperwork, appointments etc. She “loves” her ACU’s (camo clothes/uniform) – she really really does. In fact, I can’t wait to hear how she writes about them — i.e. texture, color, top stitch. Julian got a top bunk – but she is totally ok with that – 18 inches of space from the ceiling and she shares it with an air duct.
Today – Sat, Jan. 8 – is a BIG day. She will be handing over her civilian belongings to the military secured storage – and that includes her phone! So most of her communication will be by snail mail. I am hoping her last call today will be filled with information on how we can write to her – I will relay that info as soon as I get it. But the BIG part of today is the real start of her physical basic training. Jules has a female drill sergeant and Jules is clear she should NEVER make the mistake of calling her “SIR”. Oh my, let’s pray for that one!
Please be assured Julian hangs on every word of encouragement you have given her – Many of the soldiers have a broad (good to very poor) range of support from home/friends/family. Julian feels she is really walking on solid ground mentally. And – of course – her faith is her stronghold.
So fans – stay tune – keep sending her those prayers…….especially on the No “Sir” Yes “Mame” prayer!
by: Pamela (Mom) Plamann