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01-08-11, 10:29 PM #1
Ok, I'm going to be straight to the point. For my entire life I have wanted to join the Army. In the past year I met with a marine recruiter, and my opinion totally swayed to the Marines. I have never wanted to do anything more in my life, ever. A few months back I told my mom that I wanted to enlist in the Marines (i was originally going to go to Army ROTC at UGA) and she hated the idea. She wanted me to do a year of college at least before enlisting in the Corps....so I said ok, seems fair enough, right?
Now, part 2. Last spring one of my closest friends enlisted and he just graduated yesterday. Seeing him graduate into something that i want to do so badely, and seeing how happy and proud people are for him makes me feel mor than ever that I want to join. The problem is that I told me mom I would do a year of college. So now I am stuck. I don't know what to do. I know I want to join more than anything, but I want to make my folks proud and happy too. How can I tell my mom that I want to go ahead and join? Any help would be great...sorry for the long read. Thanks!
PS-If I am in the wrong area...sorry. I just joined today.
01-08-11, 10:45 PM #2
Thanks for the help...I'll look at the old threads and hear everybody out.
01-08-11, 10:51 PM #3
Gee why not put the pressure on Dave....
Your a senior in high school, your 17. All well and good but if you have a chance to go to college, take it. You can go the NROTC (make sure whatever college you matriculate at offers NROTC) and possibly earn a scholarship. Or you can go the PLC route, summers during your college career. Or you can wait, graduate and still go OCS
The world in now an open book for you. You are going to make mistakes and bad decisions. I can appreciate honoring your Mom but ultimately, it's your life. Time to start living it
BTW, Dave's no slouch in the advice department either as are many others on here. Good luck to you
01-08-11, 10:55 PM #4
But I don't really feel I want to go to college. I know it's best for me but I don't want to. At least right now. I know the Marines is what I want to do. It's just hard with my folks is all
Thanks for the advice to the two of you
01-08-11, 10:59 PM #5
01-08-11, 11:32 PM #6
Are you responsible?
Do you strive to better yourself and to "walk the walk"?
Do you give out false promises?
Is the Marine Corps not going to be around in a year?
When you tell someone your going to do something and make a promise of it, you keep it brother. Every marine wishes they had a year of college atleast already done...you'll have no regrets waiting a year...but you will regret not going to school in a year if you jump the gun...
01-08-11, 11:52 PM #7
First off I agree with the Commander. Secondly, a man is only as good as his word.
01-08-11, 11:59 PM #8
01-09-11, 12:03 AM #9
Nope, you gave your word. Your word is your bond. Your word should be gold. My suggestion to you is go finish two years and have your associates. Go in to the Corps, and take courses during your enlistment while the Marines pay for it. By the end of your first enlistment you will know if you want to make a career or not, plus you will have a degree by then if you play it right and you will have much more choices.
01-09-11, 12:10 AM #10
01-09-11, 12:36 AM #11
What kind of guy are you if you have to say the word "promise" for anything you say to mean something?
01-09-11, 12:50 AM #12
01-09-11, 12:51 AM #13
I never promised my mother everything. Although I did give her my word I feel differently now and I think that overall and with given time she will understand. It's my life so I will do what I want to do. This thread was about how to tell her remember guys? Not about the morality of the situation. Although I appreciate the opinions, I am going to enlist. As I said I just needed advice for the madre. That's my two cents, being my thread and all.
01-09-11, 12:52 AM #14
Enough of this now. Either answer the kids question or MOVE ON.
It is what it is and only YOU can live with yourself. I promised my mother I wouldn't drink or run with bad women.....well, it was a nice thought.
Now, either man up and go talk to a recruiter, or just do what you have been doing. Stop twiddling around. Asking us for advice is well and good, nothing wrong with that, but only you can live with yourself, and look back on yourself five years from now going 'woulda/shoulda/coulda'. Whichever choice you make, STICK with it.
01-09-11, 12:54 AM #15
Post 19 is rather hard to understand just ignore it
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