Hi my name is Viv and my 17 year old son has joined the army. I'm struggling with the emotions I feel even though this was three years in planning. I'm just so sad all the time, I have a beautiful daughter who is 15 as well and she is coping better than I am .

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/17/2013

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Oh, Viv, I wish we were closer (for more than one reason...LOL)

We're in the States. Since my son had a crushed urethra that lead to almost full kidney failure, he's got to wait until the end of this month (April) to take his physical for the Army. If he passes that, then he'll decide which branch he wants to enlist in.

He's currently being recruited by Army, Navy, and Marines...once he took his armed forces exam and scored extremely well, they all want him, I guess!

I wish he'd had the foresight to do as yours did and do the registration and training early, but he is so stubborn (like me...LOL...) that anything I suggested was ignored. At least I did get him to sit with our family members who have served, so that they could fill him in on the "grunt" view of things.

As soon as I know more, or if he even decides to go thru with it, I'll most definitely let you know, because I have a feeling that this momma is going to be a basket case!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/17/2013

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Oh, Viv, I wish we were closer (for more than one reason...LOL)

We're in the States. Since my son had a crushed urethra that lead to almost full kidney failure, he's got to wait until the end of this month (April) to take his physical for the Army. If he passes that, then he'll decide which branch he wants to enlist in.

He's currently being recruited by Army, Navy, and Marines...once he took his armed forces exam and scored extremely well, they all want him, I guess!

I wish he'd had the foresight to do as yours did and do the registration and training early, but he is so stubborn (like me...LOL...) that anything I suggested was ignored. At least I did get him to sit with our family members who have served, so that they could fill him in on the "grunt" view of things.

As soon as I know more, or if he even decides to go thru with it, I'll most definitely let you know, because I have a feeling that this momma is going to be a basket case!

Viv - posted on 04/10/2013

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Hi shawnn, where are you located? We are in perth and also had medical hiccups that were extremely frustrating to say the least. Once Jeremy was cleared the process was very fast and his enlistment date happened very quickly. He also was well researched as to what to expect as he registered in year 10 and had been training for the last 12 months. We are very proud and supportive of his choice but now that he is at kapooka I feel like I'm grieving. The contact is regular and he is doing really well . Let me know when you get an enlistment date.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/10/2013

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Welcome to the "club" Viv.

My 18 YO is just waiting for his medical clearance after a little (huge) medical issue that popped up right after he decided to join up.

I can't say I'm happy about his decision, but it's his decision to make, and I can't force him not to go. The most I could do was make sure that he had more than the recruiter's picture of sunshine, rainbows and "any career you choose" by having him visit with his grandfather, and uncles who've all served in various conflicts since WWII, so at least I know he's going into it with his eyes wide open.

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