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18 April 2012 @ 09:29 pm
I'm going to hurt him (not really)  
Mom had to go down to Florida for a family emergency and met up with M and HD when they came up from Tampa for the same thing. The kids couldn't get enough of her and didn't want to let her go when it came time to leave since it's been 4 yrs since they'd seen her. She talked about how proud she is of them and then she dropped a bombshell on me. HD has somehow decided to go into the Marines instead of the Air Force. This upsets me a great deal for some reason. All I could think to say is: 'I'm going to kick his scrawny ass when I see him.' and 'He's not made to be a Marine!' and 'He's still going to college, right?'

I know he's not my son, but he's been telling me for the last 4-5 years of his plans to go into the Air Force and to have this sudden change after he did his ASVAB (which he never did tell me how he did)... I'm just in shock. And a bit terrified since he's going in as infantry (but supposedly still have the job of Ground Force Liaison).

S posted this picture of Mom, HD and M earlier today. (My babies have grown so tall!)



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i feel the madness creeping in: zelenkaaadarshinah on April 18th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
oooh. That's... not good. I mean, I'd get it if he had a reason (my own original thoughts were for the Army until I decided the Navy had the program I really wanted) or something, but a lot of people become Marines just to, well, be Marines. Which is a very poor reason to do anything.
Kaz: Never Easy (John)kazbaby on April 18th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'm worried that one of his buddies talked him into it since he can't become a pilot due to his reading levels (he loves to read but struggles with it.) Mom said he's still going to be a Ground Force Liaison but that doesn't sit right with me somehow. How could he still go in for the same job but for the Marines instead? I honestly, have no clue how that works.

i feel the madness creeping inaadarshinah on April 18th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
The support staff have a lot of the same jobs. IE, the Army, Navy, and Air Force each have med jobs, and supply jobs, and the like (the Marines use the Navy's support staff), but each belong to their own branch. A GLO is basically a go-between between the different branches when they're working in concert. IE, an Air Force GLO would work with an Marine GLO if their forces were preparing an air strike on a target the Marines were attacking by ground. Same job, different sides of the fence.
Kaz: Alt Cameronkazbaby on April 18th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thank you for explaining that. I think that helps me not freak out as much.
i feel the madness creeping inaadarshinah on April 18th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
No, the only part you have to freak out about is the personality of each branch. The Marines are a lot stricker than the Air Force - or, indeed, any other branch - about a lot of things. Their Basic Training is longer and much more stringent.

(My Dad would also have something harsh and judgemental to say about both services, only I can't think of a way to phrase any of it that doesn't insult someone or can be severely misinterpreted.)
Kaz: Alt Cameronkazbaby on April 18th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know they're pretty damn rough. I'm going to do my best not to think of what they go through in Basic because to me he's still my little boy I used to dance to help him fall asleep and I want to make sure no one ever hurts him. I'm a big softy. lol