Boot Camp Crud – Part 3 of Boot Camp Basic
The Crud –
Take 30 or so men (or women) from all over the country and all their accompanying germs.
Add: Very little sleep
Stress and tension
Strange food, eaten at full tilt
Physical training and running everywhere
Sleeping in close quarters
Result: The Crud – usually a nagging, nasty, cough/cold, sinus involvement possible.
Your recruit will get sick. No matter how healthy, how prepared with running and physical training – your recruit will get the Crud. They ARE allowed to go to the clinic, but you will find your recruit will not want to – for whatever reason. They are scared that they will miss something important. Don’t worry, if they really get very sick, the Drill Instructor will make them go! One mom sent a LARGE box of bandaids – all sizes. BLISTERS! Those new boots will rub in some strange places.
LAW – our son’s biggest request was for cough drops. My husband thought it was for candy – sweet is sweet, but we found out that every one had a cold! His drill Sgt – at graduation- thanked me for sending the box of Halls that I shipped (of course I had to strain to hear him.. he had laryngitis!)
SSM — Navy, Marine or Army (I haven’t heard this from any AF moms) — they all get it — do you know that is why they sleep foot/head/foot head at boot camp? so no one is breathing on any other recruit!! (doesn’t help — they all get it anyway!
Lela: He did send me a note asking for vitamins and sore throat drops. They get the Boot Camp Crud at Parris Island as well. Everyone got sick at some point, according to my son. He also asked for bug spray to try to combat the sand fleas. According to him, it didn’t work.
So- did yours get the Crud, or something different? Any other suggestions?