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Old 01-01-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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Parents eligible to stay at military campground to visit active duty son?

My son is a newly graduated Marine. He still has to finish up SOI training but this coming spring or fall, we would like to visit him. Would we be eligible to stay at the campground on the base at which he is stationed? A website from a link on the military campground thread from earlier in the year stated eligibility as active duty and their families but is that just spouse/children or does it include parents/siblings if he is unmarried?
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:18 PM   #2
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A website from a link on the military campground thread from earlier in the year stated eligibility as active duty and their families but is that just spouse/children or does it include parents/siblings if he is unmarried?
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It means a family member with an ID. You can call the campground and see if there is an exception to policy for graduations. I have heard that some military bases will make an exception for visiting parents.

Your son may be able to rent it for you, he is the ID card holder. Back in the day when I was active duty that's what I would do for non ID card holders when they came and visited my family.

Also I would like to thank you and your son for his selfless service to this country. Know he is in good hands.
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I would like to know if veterans are allowed to stay at them!!
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Just get your son to sponsor you and get the site. Each base has procedures to allow visiting relatives/guests - which is to make a military ID holder responsible. Check which gate to enter with an RV as most have restrictions to make inspection easier. The base pass and ID section will have specifics for that base.
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All depends on the base, same as if they take resverations all base dependent. We stay at many military FAMCAMPS and Navy is better at accepting resverations. As to elegibility it includes activy duty, retired military, DOD depends (with ID card) some bases except DOD civilans and DOD retired civilians. The ones that accept civilans usually charge $5 more per night. If the base your going to accepts you, yours son will have to sponsor you on to the base and get you a visitor pass to get on the base.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for the answers everyone. I figured I will call for information when he gets to his permanent duty station and we know specific dates; I am a planner and mostly wanted to know if it was even a possibility we could stay on base.

We could have stayed on Parris Island at the RV park for his graduation in Dec. but we live in Michigan and it was too snowy and icy for us to feel comfortable towing the trailer.
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SYE, typically retirees only, not veterans who served and then got out before retirement, like most of us did.
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SYE, typically retirees only, not veterans who served and then got out before retirement, like most of us did.
Only sure way to know is look at the rules - but in my case,I'm a 4 year veteran and a retired government employee. We stayed at the Air Force Academy camp as the guests of another retired government employee who is also a retired Army Warrant Officer.
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Just get your son to sponsor you and get the site.
think he has time to do this ??? I did not have time to go to the bathroom without a DI telling me when I need to go in boot or AIT
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think he has time to do this ??? I did not have time to go to the bathroom without a DI telling me when I need to go in boot or AIT
He is done with bootcamp; graduated Dec. 20. He will be done with SOI training in early March. He will then go to his permanent duty station. We do not plan to visit until late April, around Easter. We don't expect to see him much, maybe an evening for dinner or a day on the weekend, hoping he will have Easter Sunday off so we can see him then.

If spring doesn't work out, we would like to visit sometime in the fall.
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