It is a kinder, gentler Navy than the one I joined 30 years ago. If he’s in halfway decent physical shape, and can understand following directions, he should have no problems.
He will not undergo half the physical training of the Marine Corps (unless he’s going to be a hospital corpsman). His biggest challenge will be the final PT test and Battle Stations, a simulation of what he’s learned regarding emergency prepardness.
If he was overweight, he will come home considerably slimmer. If he was underweight, they will put some muscle on him. The food is actually good now, and the days of the C-Rats are long gone. They will feed him, and redress him.
OH- And he’ll learn to sing “Anchors Aweigh” in a tunnel.
And the weather was nice today here in the Midwest, positively balmy for January.
So- Write him letters, 'cause recruits don’t get email. Have the rest of the family write him, too, or send him cards. He will not have much time to write you.
It might hit home if he calls you and tells you the recruiter lied to him, and get him out of there, please. Don’t do it. He’ll just be home sick, and the culture is so different that it’s like falling into another country. He will be just fine, and I hope he becomes recruit master chief.