I don't think that's always true. For example, my fil is an engineer. They had 2 boys and a girl, none of which followed in his footsteps. My dh is in the Navy. Our son (17 yr old Jr) is wanting to join the military - but he wants to join the Marines, and he doesn't want to do it as a career (he wants to be a cop, but where he wants to do that requires college, and though we've offered to pay for it, he says he doesn't want to go right away out of hs, he would rather go to the Marines first, so...)
Our daughter (almost 16 yr old Soph.) wants to be a teacher - she wants to teach band and math, preferably in a DoD school overseas, and she does want to do it for a career.
So, neither of them are following exactly, but both have taken parts of it (DoD teachers move a lot, just like military), and incorporated it into what they want.
at 10:08 AM on Mar. 15, 2010