My father's side of the family is a military family. You either go into the military or you marry into the military. My father retired after over twenty years serving in the Army. My brother has followed him and just finished his training and he is now based in Germany. It is scary for me. I love my brother dearly. I would hate for something to happen to him, but this is a choice he made. I support him 100%. When he first brought up he was thinking of joining, we talked about a lot of pros and cons about joining. It's his path to take, I just discussed what goes along with taking that path and he maded his own decision.
I do have a son, but even if I had a daughter, there is always a chance of having to discuss this one day. There are dangers no matter what path you choose, even if it isn't a military life. My own thing is that I wouldn't want anyone making a decision that large without all the facts. I would make sure he was educated on what to expect and leave the decision up to him. I would add that I would worry for him, just like I tell my brother that I worry for him.
Even though I have utmost respect admiration and deep gratitude to those who serve, including my dad who served in navy, my sister who served in air force and my husband who served in navy right out of high school and then when and signed back up for army national guard when the towers went down (so is now a 2 time vet) and my sister does volunteer work with the vets to this day...
that being said.. NO! We strongly discouraged any of our daughters and sons from enlisting for quite a few reasons. I don't really want to get into here because I don't want people judging. We are gratetful none of our kids enlisted.
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