Daughter and the Airforce

Rebecca - posted on 12/10/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I know this cite is for moms but I am an 17 about to 18 year old girl who is about 95% that she will join the Airforce. I am unsure on how to tell her that I want to sign up. I have been dropping hints when ever she brings up college. That's been about 1 year now. I am scared that I will hurt her when she finds out that I am not going to college. We do have many militray family members but all she has ever talked about is me going to college. She always has wanted me to be happy and have a better life then she now has. I need a moms point of view on this. Please help me.

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Tor Akil - posted on 12/11/2012

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Tell her,

Explain why you want to be in the Air Force and the benefits of being in the military. Particularly the GI Bill and how it will allow you benefits. let her know that one of the best things is you will have job experience--something college grads lack often enough. The military also pays you while you learn a skill that may in itself turn out to provide civilian employment later either by unique qualifications or by letter of recommendation. Adding to this you will see the world. I have been to England, Germany, Bosnia, Korea and multiple states in the US. Not bad considering I am just from a humble neighborhood in Chicago. In the end, you are going to have to assert yourself, be an adult and show her your ability to be firm and mature. If you really are at 95% then there is little swaying you against joining. Oh, smile and be respectful that is a good way to start any conversation. Kind but unyielding, tough but not hard.

Kelsey - posted on 12/10/2012

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You just need to sit her down and tell her instead of waiting for her to catch the hints..It may be hard for her to except but it is what you have chosen to do.

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