Louise - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 16 year old son has dropped into conversation that he wants to join the Royal Marines, this has come from nowhere as he has a full time job as a builders assistant and was settled in his work, until the company went bust and he lost his job ending this week. He has now decided to join up even though I have told him I will not sign him in so he will have to wait until he is 18. I really don't want him to be in the forces, the thought of him going to Afghanistan makes my blood run cold. He is of slight build and very gentle natured and I can't see him training to be a sniper (which is the department he wants to join) I really don't know what to say to him. He is at present running 10 miles a night with a 30 pound weight on his back and using the gym three times a week he is deadly serious. As a mum I am heartbroken but if he really wants to do this then I will support him. I am just at a loss to know what to say to him.
Would you feel the same if your son at such a tender age decided he wanted to join up for a minimum of 5 years. Interested to know if I am just an over protective mum or simply just human!