Our son just left for boot camp this week, and so we have been ransacking prayer books to find prayers for him. Although there are collects and prayers for the Armed Forces, branches of the same, wars, and remembrance days, we have not found much for someone in boot camp, which is arguably the hardest time for any new recruit.
I did find a good prayer on this website by Priscilla Carroll, but it wasn’t quite Anglican enough for us, so I have modified it a bit to bring it more in line with the Prayer Book tradition. I hope this helps others:
O Gracious Father, We bring to you name who you gave to us. How quickly the time has passed. He has grown up to be an adult. We thank you for choosing us as his parents and giving us the privilege of raising him under your watchful care. Many prayers have been said for him by us and others and we thank you, that you have heard them all and answered them according to your own wisdom and the direction that you have always had for him.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, we come to you again in prayer, as name undergoes training in the Armed Forces of our country. You have guided him in pursuit of this goal and we pray that the good work you have begun in name will be overseen with your supervision and love of him as he completes this training.
We beseech you to help him in every expectation the military has of him. We ask you to make all things possible for name as he faces the standards and goals that the military has for him. If anything seems impossible to him, we beseech you to strengthen him with your power in order for him to achieve whatever is expected.
We pray you to put name in the company of Godly influences who show him Your ways of excellence. We ask that you will use these people to impress upon him the importance of following and obeying your blessed will to be successful as a member of the Armed Forces and as your child.
We ask you to place name into your protective custody so that he may finish all that is required without any delays. We pray that Your angels would be assigned to keep him in all the ways you have planned for him to follow.
We turn name completely over to you for all of your good works in him to be secured. We trust that our prayer will be answered to your glory as we await name’s graduation and his official recognition as a member of the Armed Forces in service to you and his country; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.