With the way the world is now would you encourage one of your children in their interest of the military?
My older son is going to be 10 and he's always been fascinated by the military, especially the history of wars and stuff. The other day he asked if he HAD to go to college, lol. We were in the car so it was a perfect opportunity to discuss his education and future. He said he'd like to be an Army Ranger (I'm sure that will change a million times before he finishes school). But I've always had this idea in my head that he would either join the military or become a history teacher, maybe become a military historian.
So we told him if he wanted to go into the military he should study hard, go to college, join ROTC and eventually become an officer. He seemed to really mull this over and asked some questions about how hard college is. Man, I love this kid (my oldest is already balking at the idea of going to 4 more years of school after 12th grade and she's only going into 6th grade).
Despite the war going on I am 100% behind him pursuing a career in the military if that's really what he wants. Of course it's another 8 years before he turns 18 and graduates high school so he's got time to change his mind but his interest in the military has been pretty consistent since he was 3 or 4.
My dad is dead set against that. He's talked to our son several times and has told him NOT to join the military under any circumstances. My dad is a Vietnam Vet (Marines and he enlisted instead of waiting to get drafted) and is very jaded and bitter about how they were all treated back then. He wouldn't even let us fly a flag on national holidays when we lived there. I also know many parents that actively dissuade their children from pursuing military careers for whatever reason (the war, prejudices, personal experiences).
Answer by sugamama3 at 5:27 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
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