I've started following a couple military sibling Instagram accounts and try to see whats going on with some siblings on Tumblr and the post have 1 huge thing in common. Everyone was talking about how hard basic training is having their sibling away.
It's been a VERY long time since I had the Basic Training stage, but-I hate to say it-that's been one of the easiest things I've went through with the Army.
I know, you don't talk much if at all during Basic Training and when you go pick them up they seem really different. I remember being so upset and missing him the whole time he was at Basic. I quickly learned I would give anything to have that back.
I'm not saying this to scare anyone, but its a reality you will face at some point in your siblings military career. Deployments or an overseas station is almost a guarantee in today's military.
I was 10 when my brother was at basic training and at the time, I didn't understand the "future" that was coming.
The journey your sibling is taking right now is a difficult one and it only gets harder from Basic training. Its something that at times is going to turn your life up side down, there will be a lot of tears and fears but there are HAPPY homecomings and a bond that's unbreakable that will form.
I know basic training isn't easy or fun, but use this as your growing pain of becoming an official military sibling.
Keys to getting through basic training:
*Your sibling is SAFE! That's the best thing ever!
*He/she is going to do what they really want, be happy for them
*Finally, this is something to be SO PROUD of!