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Fremont Mother and Daughter Enlist Together
KCBS ^ | Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Posted on 10/22/2008 11:15:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

It’s not unusual for guys to buddy-up and join the army together, but how about a mother-and-daughter duo instead? That’s what one Fremont family is doing. Lisa Altoon, 39, and her daughter Megan, 17, have both enlisted in the army together.

“It’s an opportunity for me to go back to school,” says Altoon. “I didn’t finish getting my degree… I started going back to school kind of late in life after a divorce so I can [now] finish my education.” KCBS’ Mike Colgan reports

Altoon says it all started as a joke when her daughter decided to enlist in the army. A few months ago, both mother and daughter met with a recruiter at Altoon’s ex-husband’s home. During the meeting, Altoon’s ex-husband joked that she too should enlist as she continued to drill the recruiter with numerous questions. However the recruiter seized the opportunity and told Altoon that age 39 she was not too old to join the army.

“From that moment on, I kept really thinking about all the pros and cons, really thinking seriously about it, and then I came back to [the recruiter] and said, ‘You know what? I want to enlist.’”

Daughter Megan says that it’s “cool,” and at the same time a little weird to have your mom serving in the army with you.

“I know how my mom is, she’s very athletic, so she likes this type of stuff. …It’s just sort of weird to have my mom with me, but then again it’ll give us more time to spend with each other.”

The pair are scheduled to undergo nine weeks of grueling basic training together in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. They will both be trained as I.T. Specialists and will be assigned to a command center in Mountain View.

“I’m really proud of what Megan and I are doing together,” says Altoon.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: army; bayarea; militarywomen

1 posted on 10/22/2008 11:15:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 10/22/2008 11:15:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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Oh man I’d hate to go through basic at 39. Or OCS or ROTC field training, but especially through basic. Shoot a lot of folks retire at 39, with 20 years of service!

3 posted on 10/22/2008 11:25:35 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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4 posted on 10/23/2008 7:00:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (I Am Joe)
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Jeez. I went through at 19 and it still nearly killed me.

5 posted on 10/23/2008 7:02:43 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("Everything's a lie and that's a fact. Life is a lemon and I want my money back!")
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She’s a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

6 posted on 10/23/2008 7:11:56 AM PDT by Monkey Face (I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.)
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