I took Will to the airport this morning at 5 AM, and watched him walk down the gate to the plane to leave for Camp Pendleton for SOI/ITB, and thought about how great the 10 days were and what I would do to go back to the first day he was here. Anyway, I have a couple questions about SOI. He was told that he could take his cell phone, and up until about 5:00 tonight he was texting me, but then told me that he had to go to brief and that he would call me later. Does anyone know if they get to use their cell phones anytime they aren't working or can they only use them on the weekends? Also, can a Marine going through SOI go to the Marine Ball on November 8th? I was going to start making my arrangements to go out there that weekend, and he tells me that he can go, but I was seeing if anyone knew for sure. And then if he can go to the Ball, can he stay with me that weekend I am there or not? I guess my question is does he have off base liberty on the weekends? He is 0300 Infantry if that might help. He hasn't called me yet tonight, so I was thinking that they might not get their phones during the week. Any help that you ladies can give me would be great! One more thing - will they get a lot of time to check their e-mail/be on the computer?