Dear Boot Camp for Kids
My husband just joined the military and he’s been in boot camp for five weeks. Since day one he’s been pleading with me to get him out. Naturally I just kept disregarding it and writing him letters of encouragement. The letters don’t work. He says it’s not that he can’t do the physical part; he’s just finding it hard to adapt to army life. Also, he’s in infantry, and he refuses to kill anybody in Iraq or anywhere else.
I had brought up the issue about entry level separation, but I guess that’s not an option. I just want my husband to come home safely. We have two young children, and I don’t want to be left alone to care for them.
Worried Army Wife
Believe it or not, your husband can get out of boot camp as long as he has not been deployed. New recruits can have anywhere between a few weeks to a few months before “shipping out,” i.e. leaving for basic training after they first enlist. He can still back out of joining the army before reporting for active enlistment, even if he has taken the oath of enlistment before and signed a contract. It’s the second enlistment that counts.
You need to be aware that the recruiter will give your husband problems if he decides to go that route, and may even tell him that it’s not possible. It’s against army regulations for his recruiter to make any threats to him if he decides to quit before deployment. It involves lots of red tape, but it is certainly possible and his best option of getting out without unwarranted difficulty.