Skip to comments.My son is going to Marine Corps OCS (Proud Pappa Vanity!!)
Posted on 01/23/2012 9:06:56 AM PST by don-o
And I share the news with Free Republic because this is a good thing for America.
I have heard a lot of folks talking about abandoning the military in light of the DADT Obama fiasco.
I, for one, am proud that my son well understands and lives the Core Values and that he will be there to uphold them in the Corps in a position of authority, with God's help.
Congrats to your son.....AND you!
Oh, and the Mrs. too.
Congrats - Sounds like you raised a fine young man. You should be proud!!
Praying for his safety.
Congrats to you and your son. Tell him not to worry about Obama. Presidents come and go. I served when Jimmy Carter was President and we replaced him with Ronald Reagan. Things have a way of working out and mistakes corrected.
Express our gratitude and prayers for your son.
Nice. Thank you for your families service.
A most amazing (and humbling) experience from his short time in the Corps (Reserve) is something an old Gunny I work with told me when he enlisted. He told me, “You are a part of the family. You will find out what that means.”
I’ve gotten little glimpses of that and my heart swells up every time.
Congratulations all around and please thank him for his service.
Even though envy is a deadly sin I must admit that I envy you.
Congrats to you and your son.
He is “da Man”!
congrats to you and Mrs Don-o.....
Moreover, his six year stint proved very constructive, in helping him to focus, when he later proved a straight A student in his four year undergraduate work in College. It was not that he did not have sound family & patriotic values before--had he not such values he would never have enlisted;--but he was not always so well focused to long term purpose.
I hope that your son finds the Corps experience as worthwhile, and returns to you safe & sound, with the satisfaction of having served to a higher purpose than many of his classmates, who never felt tbe call.
America’s Marines: a Life of Honor, Courage and Commitment
My son also joined the Reserves out of high school, which followed nine grades of home school. When he told me he wanted to join the Corps, I asked him, “Why not the Navy, Air Force....?”
His answer silenced me, “I want to be the best.” He also realized his own need for discipline, direction and purpose. That he has found in the Corps. I sent a good boy to Parris Island three years ago. They sent back a good man.
Most excellent news! You and Mrs. Don-o have done well to raise a new Marine. I am as proud as you both are!
Tell him this former active duty juggie wants to be the first to salute him....even though he isn’t a officer...yet!!! I salute you too dad...is that your chest sticking through my computer?
You damn right. Good thing there’s no buttons on this shirt.
Congratulations! And may God’s hand of protection be on him as he serves.
You should be proud! When my son went into the Marines as a recruit, I was really scared because we were hip deep in Iraq and Afhanistan. He joined the Infantry, which really had me frightened. But when I went to his graduation at Parris Island, I was so proud of him! I had Marine Corps flags and Christmas ornaments and car decals everywhere. Not to mention a very large picture of him in his uniform on my desk at work. I have a special place in my heart for the Marines. BTW, he is now safely home.
God bless you. Thank him and your whole family. I know his heart loves your pride. All men want their dad to be proud of them. My son will be retiring in a year or so as Master Seargant USAF. My husband was a marine in Viet Nam.
May God bless and protect your son as well as you and your family who also sacrifice to serve our country.
Semper fi, Don-o, Mrs. Don-o, and Don-o jr.
And Thank You ALL for your Service!!
Good for him. Tell him the 5thGenTexan clan is proud of him and thanks him for his service.
OOH RAH! tell him to kill some terrorists for me.
God bless and prayers to all of you.
Congratulations to your son!
Now, OCS isn’t easy, of course. If he ever writes that the going is tough, you may want to send him this joke:
Q: What do the call the guy who graduates last from OCS?
Congratulations to your son, you and his mother. I never wore the uniform but was extremely gratified and proud when my oldest son decided to quit spinning his wheels in college and join “the best”: the U.S. ‘freaking’ M.C. Ooo-rah! They really do make everyone feel like family. I’ve always sensed my son has felt like he’s never quite lived up to my expectations - I continually attempted to disspell those notions - but now when I tell him he is my absolute hero for what he did in electing to serve our great country, I think he finally knows that he’s MORE than “good enough” for me and every U.S. citizen. I pray that he’ll also elect to pursue OCS or some other pathway to being an officer, but he’s very happy serving with his grunt-friends and that’s all I want, his happiness.
Excellent! Congratulations! I look forward to future threads at his milestones. Completing boot camp, promotions,etc. And I want photos too.
Hear you, loud & clear. God Bless all!
I’m happy for all of you!
Could not be said better! Thank you.
And I want to insert a testimony for the value of home school. One of the major benefits is that we had his total attention for the first 16 years to instill values and attitudes and to enable him to learn to think for himself.
He has not had to "unlearn" a bunch of junk that the educational establishment pusses in the public schools.
Waking up before dawn with the Sargent Instructor banging a trashcan lid with a baton yelling “Drop your cocks and grab your socks! It's another Marine Corps day!”
Problematic sleep due to the positioning of our OCS barracks BETWEEN the major AMTRAC north-south line that passes through Quantico on the one side and the runway of the Quantico Marine Corps Air Station on the other side!
It is best to be in the absolute peak of physical conditioning possible BEFORE arriving at Quantico.
Best of luck to your son. They will apply maximum sustained stress to try to get him to resign or fail physically for his own good and the good of the Corps, if he can't take it.
Appreciate that -He is already a Marine. And, he is completely dedicated to staying in top physical shape.
His answer silenced me, I want to be the best.
They do make the best gate guards we've ever had. They haven't lost a gate since World War II.
Seriously, congratulations to you and your son (and please excuse the intra service rivalry).
SKCM(SS), USN Retired
Congrats to your son, Mrs Don-o and you. How proud you all have to be.
(is your son’s name Ben? seems to recall not too long ago your son leaving for basic training - with apologies if ‘basic training’ is an Army term not used by USMC)
Yes. And that “not too long ago” departure for PI was three years ago.
Please tell you son this old vet said, "Thanks for your service."
Here’s to your son: congratulations, every success and best wishes.
How’s your son doing?
It is true, the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy......
THE MEN’S DEPARTMENT!
Thanks for your service, Chief!
He's doing good and is happy, thanks!
He gave OCS a shot but it didn't work out. The testing, however,
opened up some new avenues to him. He's liking the Army just fine. ;-)