MARINES: would you encourage your son to become one?

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MARINES, would you encourage your son to join if you had one?

  1. YES, I would encourage him for many reasons

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  2. YES I would but not at this time

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  3. YES I would but only if DADT stands

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  4. No, I'd fight but not sacrifice my son

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  5. Pray hard

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  1. JenT
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    JenT God lead our troops

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    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.
     
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    Jen, I'm Air Force, not the Corp, but I have to tell you some of the finest men I've ever met are Marines.
     
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    daveman, thanks, and I know, that's probably why he wants to be one. I'm asking if you'd recommend it for your son.

    And THANK YOU for all you did for us in the Air Force. His older brother was Air Force (long story) and I'm so proud of him in that and so glad he's back safe. God is good.
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    Assuming he's suited for it and wants to join, I'd recommend it. The military isn't for everyone, but I think my son would do well. The "breaking him down" concept is in boot camp where everyone is reduced to a common low level to break old habits and change the mindset from individual into part of something much larger. Then the Corps builds the hard chargers up to a level where they are efficient, vigilant, and always watching the backs of their comrades.
     
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    If I had a son, yes. :)
    He is indeed. Thank you, and thank you for raising your sons right. :clap2:
     
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    I would not recommend it. But if it is really what he wants, they only take legal adults so it would be his choice.
     
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    USCitizen, are you a Marine? I'm happy for input from all but am really listening to anyone that's been there.

    My son sent me a link to a messageboard specifically for this but I get a migraine if I go there, it makes it all too real and I'm not ready yet.

    And yes, I realize he could join with or without my blessing. It's not about permission, he doesn't need it. But everyone tells me I'm supposed to support him and I"m having a hard time.
     
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    If thats what he really wanted to do, I would make sure he knows what hes getting into, and than I would support him 100%.
     
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    You can be 17 to join but you need parents permission.
     
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    Nope not a Marine, but I fought alongside a few in Nam.

    It is hard to always support tyour child in their ventures. As long as it is an honorable venture DO support them and hope for the best.
    It is your/our way of showing that we love and trust them. They will fall down sometimes, we just need to be there to help them back up. And yes some will be damaged in the service or in other ventures in life and a few will even die. But we cannot run their life for them. Pray if you are so inclined, but sive them support. It is not always easy, but they will need that love and support from you when they get lonely and or afraid in a far away place. They will come to realize just how much they need your support and love.

    Do not expect to get the same person back though, they will change a lot and usually for the better.

    We must all sometime say goodbye to our child and hope to get an adult back.

    Best of wishes/luck to you and your son. Hang in there, good parenting is sure as heck not easy.
     
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