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    Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    I got this site address from a work colleague whose husband is in the Signals.

    My eldest lad is 17, passed his selection in Feb and was told he's starting basic training on 31st May. Last Friday afternoon (6th Mar) he got a call to say he'd been fast tracked and had to report to ITC Catterick midday Sunday - less than 48 hours to get ready! Saturday was spent in a blur buying an iron, sewing kit, trunks, etc, etc. One final beer with his old man, then I was hugging him and he was off!

    I know I'm a soppy sod and not the first one to be in this situation, but I miss him like crazy. I'm so proud of him but worry that he'll be OK. He called me last night, and he's fine - knackered, but fine, which proves I'm more nervous than he is. Just roll on the Open Day in April...

    Has anyone else had their lads at Catterick, and can give any info, hints or advice? Or basically, just to tell me to chill!

    Cheers

    Stu

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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Hello and welcome!

    If you can't find the info you need on here (there are a few parents kicking around though) then have a look over the road at ARRSE. They've got an ITC Catterick thread on there. Not trying to get rid of you though!

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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Hi Stu. Welcome Inn.

    Can't help with Catterick as my son was in Winchester ATR. Sure there's a few about from up t'north.
    Don't forget that there is a section on here titled parents.

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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    hi
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    I knew the pink fluffiness would get you in the end Bazza! Welcome stu to the mad house.
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Welcome To RP Stu.
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Welcome, Stu - it's good to have another dad on this site as Bazzer needs some blerk company - he's far too in touch with his feminine side for his own good!

    Glad to see you're standing 10' tall with pride - just wait till his pass out parade!
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Hi stu, hope you stick around to help us keep Bazzer under control, and I hope that your boy has a great time up at Catterick.
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Hi Stu welcome to RP. Cann't help with Catterick I'm afraid but my advice is to try and relax and watch your boy grow up in loads of ways. Also take tissues for his pass out as it gets damn dusty on those parade squares
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Hello and welcome Stu, hope your boy enjoys his time at Catterick, you'll soon be seeing him as a man on passing out day. Hope you find the site helpful and informative.
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    Re: Proud (and nervous) Father newbi says Hi!

    Thanks everyone. Yes, I already know that I'll be using the "got summat in me eyes" excuse for the passing out teariness.

    I have to say that when he started 8 months ago at Military Preparation College, my lad was a hoodie wearing, grunting vampire who used to surface mid afternoon, steal my beer and then just hang around with mates till the wee hours. Now, he's fit, confident, stands about 8" taller due to a combination of good posture and bloody great big boots, and joins me on my Sunday morning runs and gets down to give me 30 press ups without prompting. After passing out, he'll be like bloody Rambo! He'll still steal my beer though. Sounds like from some of the other posts, he'll bring back his squaddie mates who will help him in that!

    Stu

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