posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 08:42 PM
reply to post by zbeliever
If you are on friendly terms with your son, I can only suggest sitting down and talking it over with him.
From my experience, what your father says has a lot of weight, even if you can't tell him that to his face.
Go over with him the good points and the not-so-good points as you see them and find out if he has considered these things. Educate him, if you can
with some reality, on what sort of organization the US Army actually is. At worse case, he might decide that the Navy or some other service would be a
better choice for him. See if he has an accurate idea of what the purpose of the organization really is, and whether that purpose would be something
he would be willing to give his life for.
When I was young, I looked at the Army, too. It was presented to me as an easy, secure way to get a technical education and a job. But I knew that
ultimately it was in the business of making soldiers, and that I was no soldier, and didn't want to become one.
My dad never talked with me much about any of my life choices. And now that I'm much older, I see that as something he could have worked a little
Younger people are often willing to make decisions without adequate information. And they usually survive them. Usually. But if you can assist him to
get into the habit of going into a new situation with as much data as possible already under his belt, I think that could instill a wise practice that
could serve him well throughout his life.