Lesa, “Welcome to the Blue”. I am glad that you have joined us. We are just getting started but we really are here to help parents during this time of changing emotions. Please fell free to ask any questions you may have. We will do our best to find answers for them. I was in the Air Force during Vietnam and both of my sons are in the military now. My oldest joined the Navy and is stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72. My youngest son joined the Air Force over 4 years ago. Please thank Wesley for his up and coming service to this great country for an old Vietnam Vet. I want you to know that this site is here for you in any way we can to help. Like you it was a shock when my oldest told my wife and me that he was going to join the Navy, some how we are adjusting. Again thinks for joining airforcedads.com. Tell Wesley he is welcome to join as well.
Lesa, I rejoice with you on your sons up and coming High School graduation. When both my boys graduated it was a very emotional time for me. I also share your trepidation of his leaving home. My wife and I are still getting used to the whole empty nest thing. I started this site for just such a situation. It can be a challenging time when our sons and daughters join the military and we want to be here to help. I pray the this site will grow and fill that roll in the lives of the airman and their loved ones.
Lesa, that’s tough. I had a hard time when my guys left. I know it is hard but what helped me was knowing that they were going to do something that they wanted to do. I cried when they left and I cried at their graduations. You may fall apart but I also think you will find it in yourself to stand tall for your son. Seeing them head off to basic is hard but when you get to the graduation and you sit in the stands and watch him march on to the field to graduate you will forget all about the heart ache and be filled with pride. It doesn’t help now and I know, that is one reason why I started this site so that we could have a shoulder to cry on, all be it a cyber shoulder. Lesa, you hang in there and I will be praying for you, your family and Wesley.
Thanks for your input.
Well, my daughter decided that, since she has to lose 5 lbs to enlist, she is going to have an exercise and body-strengthening time. Since she is our dependent, and is under our health insurance, I tiold her that until she is ready to enlist, she should be a full time student somewhere. She settled for studying on line through University of Phoenix. After we started the application, I learned that some colleges have ROTC, which is a great way to start, because the tuition is paid while they prepare to go in as Officers. My daughter is not ambitious, and she is saying she doesn't want to go in as an Officer, because she wouldn't go in until she graduates in two years. She wants to join in July. I feel a little frustrated.
Actually until a month ago she didn't want to join the Military, especially after she heard my son's account of Boot Camp (being tough). Her dream was to graduate in Art. I told her that she probably should also have a degree in a "marketable" subject, like Sociology, or Psychology, because of this Country's financial crisis. She had settled on a degree in Sociology, with a minor in Art. Then the State University said she can't start until June, because of the budget crisis in California. She told me she needed a job now. I casually said that the Militaray would be the fastest way to get a job in this economy. That's when she started talking about joining the Air Force. When her dad, who is a Vet, heard this, he added fire to it, and since she is a daddy's girl, she got more motivated. I am still trying to convince her to finish College first, but she says she doesn't like school (unless it's Art). She now telling me that I am being too pushy. I can't help it...
Hi Lesa, Yes Steph leaves in 1.5months. It will be here before I know it.Went to a yearly Bike rally here this weekend. Gotta spend as much quality time as possible, be there gone. And take lots of pictures to send them latter on. What state do you live in. Everyone needs to finish their profile info so we can see where everyone is. type at me when you want. Cya Mark
Yes, Fortunatly i am his Daughter. :) He's Super supportive and proud which makes this whole thing so much easier for me. I'm scared to death right now haha. When i swore in it was exciting.. and then the months went by and the exciment was diminished.. .it felt like nothing changed.. And now the closer it gets the scarier it gets for me :) .. I'm really excited..
I actually had a rough time choosing a branch. The female recruiter that was here wasn't very good at giving her stations enough individual attention. Then i went to the marines and they seemed to be a big drinking fest. The Navy didnt seem to want to give me the time of day.. So when i heard Sgt Sherman was in our recruiting office I jumped on the opportunity.
What interested me in the airforce.... To be honest, Getting away from here. this town is rather boring in alot of ways unless you're really creative and only working a full time job... there's alot of room for getting in trouble :)..
I watch my sister do well at a local technical school and saw the pride my parents had in her and that inspired me to want to further my education.. I also watched her struggle with the finacial problems that come along with going to school and i realized the Military could really help me in that department.
I took Automotive in highschool and really enjoyed the hands on idea. I've got mechanics pretty much all through the family and so it was an obvious path :o .
Aircrafts amaze me. :) I'm really excited to get me hands on one of them!
Well, Since Dad and I have chosen this for our main communication point for when i leave I will defniitly keep in touch!
I'll deffinitly write about my experiance at basic. My Navy friend, Cameron, Told me about his experiance and i was really appalled at how they were treated. Lol! But Military's Military and i'm probably spoiled in comparison. :) But it was really nice to hear what he went through so that i can kind of expect what's happening :).
I believe once i hit a certain phase in Tech school i'll be able to retrieve my laptop. So i'lll be able to update everyone then..
I think my dad's going to be my correspondant aswell to the outside world.. I'm sure he will jump on here and let everyone know how and what i'm doing. He seems more excited about this then i am right now :) But assures me this is the best path for me.. I'll trust him on that!
Hope your day is going well. Hope to hear from you soon :)
And why isn't your son getting in on this whole community?
As you said, it is a shock when our sons decide to go into the military. Our job has been to protect them all our lives and we're fearful of them possibly being in harms way. It goes against our grain. It is hard to let our sons turn into men. But this is the fun part where we begin to see what a great job we did all those years. Talk about pride! You will see a new and improved son at the graduation ceremony. The hard part is getting through boot camp for you both but we'll be here for you each step of the way!
Lesa, I think that is a great idea, siblings are going through this just like us parents are. I tell you what, you have your daughter join Air Force Dads and then she can start that group. Or if she joins and would rather not start it she can tell me and I will start it for her. Let me know what she thinks of this idea.