To the Marines on this board: Would you encourage your sons to become Marines? My son has asked for my blessing, and I've already given it but I am completely losing it between trusting God and then thinking what could happen if he were captured. Threats to come after him if he has been captured have not been successful in dissuading him from signing (having your mom show up to rescue you...would a man be embarrassed by anything more? heh) So I am sincerely asking, WHAT IS "breaking him down" really? Is that like twisting the heads off of puppies to destroy all softness in him? And would you encourage your son to follow your footsteps and join? Does that even happen? Are there generational Marines? Thank you very much and please don't rep me for this thread, thanks.