United States Armed Services and your kids!!!!!!

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United States
January 5, 2009 7:05pm CST
To start I wasnt even sure wear to post this at I choose mothers because well Thats the opinion I wanted the most Me being a mother myself My 8 year old son just adores my youngest brother which my brother is the perfect role model and I am glad that my son looks up to him the way he does My brother is in the USAF for going on 8 years now he has been to Iraq 2 times now I am very proud of my brother I have for many years now I have talked to my son and let him know that I want him to go into the The Armed Services alot of ppl just cant beleave i do this I feel I am in the right My son very much wants to go into the air force I would be very proud of my son and support him a 100% I think its a good choice for the him personally. Ok my question for you mothers what would or did you do if and when your child came home and said this is the choice i have made to enlist Knowing the dangers from my brother and knowing that death and war go hand in hand if I lost my child this way yes I would be heart broken but very proud of my child for standing and fight for our country what would do!? In God and Our Armed Service Men and Women I trust!!!!!!
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• United States
6 Jan 09
My Grandmother was an Army Nurse during World War I. All four of her boys served in the Navy during World War II. My father served in the Army during the 50's. I served in the Air Force during the 80's. My ex-husband served in the Marines and was deployed to Iraq during the first war there. My oldest son also served as a Marine and was deployed to Iraq during this current war. Obviously I have a pro military bias. That being said I'm not a big fan of grooming children towards or away from any career choices. It is noble to serve your country this way. And serving can be very valuable to the individual serving. Discipline, leadership, travel, career training, college opportunities are just a few of the many benefits of serving. But not all are suited to service. Other that are suited have career, hopes and dreams that just don't include military service and there is no shame in not serving in the military. There are plenty of other ways to serve your country and to serve mankind besides joining the military. My advice would be just to let your 8 year old be 8. It's fine to let him know your admiration for your brothers service and for the men and women he serves with. But pay attention to what his interests are now and foster those things, create teachable moments. When he's sixteen or so and really thinking about what he wants to do with those interests and with his life, that's the time to lay options in front of him as to how to get there, and military service is one way to do it.
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I let my 8 year old be 8 he is just a child and has choices he will make he talks about him joining more than I do this is something he says he wants to do He is very excited about this and talks about it all the time I just talk to him about it and strongly support this choice and will do what i have to do to make this dream of his come true he has been on going about the USAF since he was 3 years old he has talked about it so I just give him my input on it and tell him I think it would be a very good choice for him I just hope later on he dont change his mind but if he dose I will support my son reguardless
• United States
6 Jan 09
Sounds like you're doing it right. My oldest was like your son. He too wanted to join the military when he grew up (and he did) he loved playing soldier. So I taught him age appropriate things from my military experience....how to use a compass, first aide, how to march, military courtesy etc. My youngest had no interest in it. He loved things more to do with science, for example weather fascinated him, so we'd watch the forecast every night, I got videos on weather for him. I'm happy to say that they've both grown up to be very fine young men and I am so proud of both of them. It's obvious how much you adore and care for your son as well and I have no doubt whatever he choses you'll be proud of him as well.
• United States
6 Jan 09
and now that you have made me aware of somethings to teach him along the way I will do so thank you very much
@katr0713 (92)
6 Jan 09
Hi - just throwing my two cents in - I am also in the armed forces and almost eligible to retire. Although I love the military and honor my country, at this point in time I would not encourage my son to join. Perhaps 10 years ago, yes. When we werent taking children straight out of HS and throwing a weapon in thier hands. I am proud of the people I serve with, but its sometimes frightening to think that some of these kids couldnt even remember to turn in a homework assignment 6 months before joining. Not all young recruits are the same, however, in my opinion, the age limit should be raised for enlistees. Again, I am proud to serve, and proud of the people I serve with, but I am living it from the inside, and would not at this time recommend the military. Please dont send me hate mail in response :-)
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• United States
6 Jan 09
that is your opinion and you are intitled to it that is what so great about this place I thank you very much with sharing with me your thoughts and it was nice to here the opinion from the inside its cool you been in as long as you have I am sure I have gotten to see alot and thank you again for doing what you do you all rock
• United States
6 Jan 09
My son who just turned 11 looks up to my baby brother who is in the US ARMY. My brother went to the Citadel (military college in SC) and signed a contract with the ARMY while at the Citadel. When my brother was going to school up in SC we would take alot of trips up there to see him and spend time with him on the weekends, and my son got to see the school grounds and is sooo in love with the military. He now wants to follow in the shoes of my baby brother and I am proud. My brother is still getting his education through the ARMY, as he is almost done now and he is a doctor. My son has hopes and still talks ALL the time about going to the Citadel and joining the ARMY and he wants to be a Cardiologist. He is now reading books about the military, and he reads books about the heart....he is again only 11 but I encourage him on his decisions and when he is old enough and if he does choose to serve our country I will support him 100%. We have to remember that it may not always be safe for our men and women in uniform, but we also need to remember that it is the choice that they made to serve our country and that when they made that commitment to serve they are aware that unfortunately there is that possibility that we could loose them. God bless our men and women who serve our beautiful country!!! Shihtzumama
• United States
7 Jan 09
I think that rocks that at such a young age he is already studing and learning about what he wants to do you are doing a swell job I hope I do just as well thank you
• United States
7 Jan 09
I hope that he keeps it up!! Again hes only 11 but hes been saying this since he was 8 yrs old and he has not changed his mind at all!!! We will see what happens!!!
@Pleiades (846)
• United States
6 Jan 09
If I could award you with more than one + I would have, believe me! I live in America, but I wasn't born here. The story of my beginings couldn't have ended with me sitting here without the help and aide from the United States military. For that, I applaude each and every one of them...and thank God, I'm able to love one in particular. He's in the Army serving in Iraq right now. I have four boys, but I only talk about three of them. It's not that I don't love that one any less, he just doesn't live with me. I'm lucky to be able to see him every month and that's good enough for me. Now, the two older boys are 12 and 8. When my youngest was born, I looked at him and deemed him worthy to become a USAF pilot. I don't know why. The 3 year old will probably end up being a fire fighter and the 12 year old has stated he wants to be a sniper. But, it's my darling 8 year old that this answer is dedicated to. The other month while driving around in the city, he tells me he wants to be a pilot for the USAF as well. That's a good thing because my father was also in there as well. Between all the men in my life, I have all branches covered. My boy was singing a song in his childish voice of how it would be like to fly in the sky with his jet. As I was listening to him, the thought of him being shot down occured to me and just then, he sang about that too. My reaction? I laughed and cried at the sametime. If any of my boys...(and I'm trying to convince my daughter to go into the Navy and become part of the NCIS) wants to join the military I will be so proud of them. My car will be full of those bumper stickers and what not. But, if they ended up giving our country the ultimate sacrafice...then... "No greater love than someone to lay down their life for someone"...the soldiers love their God, their country and their own...Amen! *Pleiades
• United States
6 Jan 09
I have every branch covered as well in my family and I think its wonderful that todays youth are so supportive I think that the Armed services is the best thing for todays youth and I think more parents should talk to their kids about this!
@chulce (1539)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Personally, I would be proud of them and stand beside them. With joining the military any branch there are a lot of choices for your son. He can also benefit by the military paying to send him to college to study what ever field he wishes to. My father was in the military so growing up we did receive some advantages by being able to travel to different destinations all over the world. That is a benefit that not many people can say. I also received the experience again later on when my husband had joined the military. It isn't an easy life but when you consider they are protecting our lives and helping to keep us safe. That is admirable. I would stand with someone no matter what who is willing to give their life for mine.
• United States
6 Jan 09
I agree with you all the way it is a great pain loseing a loved one this way but How can you not look up to someone that gave their life protecting us I wish I could go back about ten years and I would join myself its something I always wanted to do but never did and I regret that now