My son wants to join the army! Not sure how I feel about this!
My son is a senior in high school. He has always talked about going on a mission for our church after high schoolbut recently he has changed his mind. Although we are sad that he is choosing to not go on a mission. We understand that for him to fully benefit from that choice it was one he had to make on his own. He is thinking about joining the army. He wants to go into auto mechanics in the army.
The reason I am concerned about this decision is he has always know he has the makings to be anything he wants to be. I am glad he enjoys mechanics but he could be more then just working on cars he could easily become a mechanical engineer. He has the brains for it. He tests brilliant. His friends that he is hanging out with are all joining the army and he has a highly influential auto mechanical teacher. (this is the teacher who this summer was encouraging him to stay in this area with friends if we moved, which we didn't). He is only 16 so that really bothered me that a teacher would encourage this.
Okay breaking it down. My son wants to join the army. I would prefer he look at navy or air force before he makes this decicion. I think he is making this decicion without looking at the BIG PICTURE! And that peer pressure and mentor pressure are influencing his desicions, and the pressure to avoid going on a mission are the fuel behind this. We are trying to take a step back and let him make his own decisions but I am very concerned he is not seeing how these decisions will effect his future!
I would love some advise from military moms. What is the army like? Compared to air force or navy? Has anyone else felt like their child was making decisions based on peer and mentor pressure. How do you lovingly point this out to you teenager without driving them into rebellion?