Skip to comments.Daughter Interested in Joining the Military
Posted on 04/07/2014 5:35:52 PM PDT by MacMattico
Wow. My daughter is 16, an A student and interested in possibly joining the military. While this fills me with great pride, and my family has a history of male members in the navy and Marine Corp, this kind of blew my mind. Not in a bad way, I guess it's just amazing, wonderful and scary all at the same time coming from MY daughter!
I was wondering if anybody would like to share any and everything they know about their daughter or females in general in the military. At this point she is thinking of an eventual career in something like Energency Management, perhaps law or intelligence, or a medical field. In other words undecided, but we have a family history of Veterans that went into Emergency Management and Firefighting, so maybe that's what she sees as "the family business"! It's a lot to take in all at once for a mom, but what should she be doing now if this were her eventual goal? She is a Varsity athlete, good student, and keeps out of trouble. Thanks so much! And while I will of course ask within the family, I appreciate outside opinions.
I hope she’s ready to affirm same-sex marriage. (that’s a requirement now)
they promote gayness and they promote antiChristianity....
they are training them to turn on we the citizens...
in all good conscience why would anybody encourage or enable their sons or dtrs to be part of this?....why feed the monster?
What branch of the military is she planning on joining?
She needs to stay focused in school. HS transcripts tell a lot. Is she looking at getting a commission? Does her HS offer ROTC?
Tell her to stay the hell away from today’s military....it’s not yours or your father’s. It’s a social experiment which incidentally, does not protect women from rape or assault.
Her Marine Uncle recommends the Air Force, but I don’t really think she has decided that yet.
don’t do it today.
I would never serve or help progressives in any endeavor they partake. furthermore, I would recommend tripping them up and sabotaging their efforts at every opportunity
With the utter structural damage that has been done to the military by the current regime, I could not, in clear conscience, counsel anybody to go in at this time...and probably not for several years, if not a decade or longer, until after this regime is ousted from power. And THAT’s if a conservative replaces him. If Hitlery replaces him, then God have mercy on us all.
Does she have a FReeper view on the world and on society? Particularly in regard to conservative politics...and most especially in regard to sodomites? If so, she will have to guard her tongue...both on duty and off duty...as long as she wears the uniform.
If she is really interested, I’d suggest that she graduate from HS, go on and get a 4 year degree from a good, solid, God-fearing college...and, at that point, take a good hard look at it.
MSgt, USAF (Ret)
ROTC, then get a job requiring a clearance. She will be able to find a great job in EM at the Fed level or with a consulting firm and make over $100,000 a year.
So we should let the military be taken over by the lefties and not encourage good, serious, patriotic people to join?
Talk to her about going through the ROTC program. It will pay for her college and get her feet wet with the military.
I didn’t know that you had been in the military. Thank you.
Today’s military is a social experiment and under this regime it is best left alone. I am former military and enjoyed my time as a reservist years ago....yet will not advise my offspring to participate as I see the dangers, deceptions, and absolute disgraceful changes.
ROTC. As much as possible.
My favorite cousin joined the army decades ago. She went to college, though, and went through ROTC there before enlisting. She went through various training including parachuting (just training, nothing major). She went to various posts before meeting her husband in Seattle, who also was Army. They have since been in various positions until her husband retired (she quit the Army a while back), including much in Germany and also in Egypt. (She was returning to Egypt from leave at the time of that airline crash from NY - scary!) They are back in Germany for the Army because they offered HER a job teaching German/English as needed (that was her major in college), and her husband went with her.
Maybe your daughter could encourage my twin nieces to join. Regardless of the PC, I think they could still get a nice kick in the respective butts that would straighten them out.
I'm paid well, serve with a great bunch of people, get to see the world, enjoy excellent benefits and I don't have to enroll in Obamacare (not yet, anyways).
I would recommend the Navy to anyone interested in serving.
Her high school does not offer ROTC. She has a male friend that is in an Air force program outside of school, but I don’t know much about that yet.
I’m afraid I have to agree with ya’. I’m from a military family. It’s just not the same anymore.
The military is getting very selective now.
To join as an enlisted soldier:
You need a HS diploma. No GED.
No run-ins with the law. No drugs. No DUI.
Pass a military SAT type test
Take a physical fitness test
No medical issues. Not even a minor one. No asthma.
Military intelligence will get you a civilian job. Same with logistics and communications.
Yup, I can not fathom anyone wanting to serve under the leadership we have.
O Lord ,save us. Another one eager to follow the orders of an abysmal CNC.
Can one do ROTC in college if not previously enrolled in HS? We have a friend who’s son is ROTC at uni, but they had a HS program and got a good scholarship.
a) Is she a Christian? If so, and she can be IN this world but not OF it, she will do fine, but only insofar as she does not lose faith. b) is she well immunized from mental illness? (e.g., Does she know not to take personal offense at another’s mental illness and just carry on, normally? Can/will she avoid attempting to engage in logical arguments with irrational people? Can she maintain objectivity under duress? Can she defend herself when confronted by a lunatic by acting even crazier if needed and moving to safety?)
If these are true, she will be fine. Otherwise, it will not end well.
An Air Force program? Or CAP?
Read this http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3141398/posts, then this http://www.jqpublic-blog.com/force-mismanagement-afpc-botches-retirements-airmen-caught-crossfire/, then get back to me and let me know if you still think she is making a good decision.
She sounds like an excellent candidate for the military academies! Going there will open a world of possibilities for her she never thought possible. Every year they are rated as among the top universities in the country, but it takes a special kind of person to go there. She sounds like just the type. For sure it us worth at least taking a look. I have a coffee mug on my desk with the cover of the 2009 Forbes Magazine ranking colleges titled “Why West Point Beats Harvard” ranking it as the best in the country. Really gets under the skin of the Harvard folks I work with. Great experience for young women. Heck, I met my wife there :)
Does she speak Spanish, Russian or Mandarin?
How does she look with a shaved head?
Its is really a mixed bag. Try CAP for now see how she does. Excellently? Go for a Service Academy? Successful? Keep Going. Stay ‘normal’ but KYMS. Does she see herself in this Poem? Full Speed Ahead!
BY RUDYARD KIPLING
(Brother Square-ToesRewards and Fairies)
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, dont deal in lies,
Or being hated, dont give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dreamand not make dreams your master;
If you can thinkand not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth youve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: Hold on!
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kingsnor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,
Andwhich is moreyoull be a Man, my son!
(my apologies for gender-specific text)
Congrats to you and her! Does she have any interest in attending a service academy or is she enlisting out of high school or will she go ROTC in college and join after graduation?
Do you really think America circa 1984 is the same as America circa 2014?
My daughter was looking at joining a few years back. The navy had some pretty good programs, but the Air Force seemed to be the best fit. Then she met this guy in the Army, and she’s fallen in love. I don’t have the heart to tell her the life expectancy of forward observers in a real fight.
talk her out of it. they are purging out real Christians now. don’t let her join up.
I come from a military family from mom to brothers dad and uncle. I had a chance to go to Annapolis and become a Marine pilot. I still regret not going but my career anyway worked out. She’ll need some long hard thinking and research into what she wants and what branch. I think Air Force first, Navy second, Coast Guard third, Marines and lastly Army.
The military is no place for a woman....
How blessed you are!!!!!
I tried to join the Army when I was 18 - even dressed for the occasion- 4 inch hot pink stilettos, a blue jean mini skirt, Flashdance torn t-shirt and blonde curls cascading past my waist.
I stood in front of the Army recruiter, an ebony black gentleman with gold wire spectacles perched on the end of his nose, who was reading something and didn’t acknowlege me for several minutes. Without moving any other muscle, he raised his eyelids, looked up and barked, “Kin ah hep ya?” I tossed my blonde hair over my shoulder and proudly announced that I was there to join the Army. He flicked his eyes from my shoes to the top of my head, looked back at what he was reading and absentmindedly said, “Little gull, you bettah talk to yo daddy ‘bout dat.”
Thus ended any hopes I had of a military career.
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
In regards to Physically defending herself, fwiw she became a black belt in karate at age 13, has sparred with my marine corp brother, has shot all different types of guns and weaponry that shall remain nameless because we live in NY. This is a concern as a mom-- she was on the homecoming court last year. This says to me as a mom that while I have always thought of her as pretty, so do her peers. Maybe a dumb question but how are very pretty girls treated in the military?
She could go to college first and go in as an officer. If she plays her cards right, she can have the military pay for extensive graduate education, including a medical degree, and can have a fine career as a military physician. The guy who lives across the street from me is a Navy doctor—an endocrinologist, I believe—and he’s doing quite well financially. No, he’s not rich, but extremely comfortable, and unlike most doctors nowadays he doesn’t have a dime in educational loans to pay back.
Take a close look at the number of unwed mothers in the military. Personally my experience is that it is a bad place for a young woman, especially one who is attractive and/or naive.
I don’t know. IIRC cousin never talked about ROTC in high school. She went to a private HS. But I would recommend AMAP of it. Our HS had ROTC and quite a few were in it
Age 16? In just over two years, the communist thug will be on his way out of our White House. I would ignore the naysayers who think a drug-addled loser with temporary power is a consideration for your daughter’s service in our military. I pray that Obama’s entire legacy will be repealed within the first hundred days after America is freed, but in any case I expect his contamination of our military to be swept away quickly.
I would strongly advise ROTC/USMA/USNA/USAFA if her grades, interest, and aptitude are compatible with college and the commissioning options (pay is much higher, work no harder). The key is whether she can finish two semesters of calculus for any of those paths. If she works hard at math, starting now, can she do that? As for which service, it’s more about her than about what we recommend. Does she like the sea? Navy (my service) is great, but not if you get seasick. Does she have the reflexes and motivation to be a pilot, or does she think maintaining planes would be fun? USAF is a good choice if you think flying is cool, bad option if you are bored by the idea. Same for Army and sleeping in the mud - is that summer camp or misery?
Which branch is and ought to be her choice. All the options can be great. [I left the Marines out, but not for any particular reason; she should look at what they do too. Semper Fi!]
Your daughter sounds like a gem. :) And we need good people in the military. But I advise you to look up rates of sexual abuse (rape and other) in the armed forces. I’ve read recently that as many as a quarter of all women in the armed forces have been raped. (The rate of male-on-male rape is also much higher than in our general population.) Check that out before making decisions.
No,but is filling our armed forces with liberals the answer going forward?
I don’t think the responses are that shocking. The military is a great place to have a child out of wedlock. There is a good sized underclass within the military, especially in the Army, from my experience anyway. Long gone are the days when the average regular family sent their kids into the service, which is sad. Look at our leaders...how many have kids on active duty (and I don’t mean a quick JAG tour, George P.).
I think it's admirable that your daughter wants to serve in the military.
Gotta ask: Is she aware of just how crappily our military is being treated by the current pResident and that the damage he's done to our military will take YEARS to fix and put back to normal??
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.