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How would you react if your child told you they wanted to serve in the military once they turned 18?

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Asked by AngiDas at 8:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • scared for's a big commitment and the almost certain chance of deployment...but otherwise not too worried.

    Answer by CAGirl4 at 8:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • I'd be sad

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • I wouldn't like it but I would support their decision, and be very proud of them.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 8:44 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • gound them--that is no an option in my house.

    Answer by blue_glass_mama at 8:44 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • It is one of my greatest fears. I would be proud of course, but I would not be able to sleep the entire time they were gone D:

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 8:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • I would be worried for them, with things being the way they are now, but glad that they at least had some sort of direction in their life. The military can provide discipline and education.

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 8:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • The way I reacted was to make sure he understood all the risks. When he decided it was def. what he wanted we supported him 100%. Once they are 18 you can't stop really have little say if they are dead set on going.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Well, mine won't be 18 for another 17 years, but even if he were 16 now, I would be proud. Scared out of my wits, but proud.

    Answer by MamaRae85 at 8:47 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • I'd probably try to encourage them to go into an ROTC program to get their education, and to be an officer with more career potential.

    Answer by mogencreative at 8:47 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • First I would probably tell them NO WAY, and freak out even though I know my saying no wouldn't matter, but after that I'd just be very afraid for them, then I'd be very proud of them.

    Answer by AshleyBDG at 8:49 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

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