Wait, what? Did you say you want to join the Marines?????

Poor Karol.

She cried.

She cried as her 17 year old son Brandon walked out the front door with a Marine Corps recruiter to go take a “practice” ASVAB test.

Let me back up a bit, that is actually the middle of the story.

Yesterday the phone rang.  The person on the other end asked to speak to Brandon.  He is a high school senior, and has been receiving lots of phone calls and mailers from colleges.  He does not plan on going to college.  He has been going to Technical school during his Junior and Senior year and has learned welding.  He wants to be a welder when he graduates.  He is looking into the Welding Apprenticeship programs at BAE and the Naval Shipyard.  So we were pretty sure he was going to do the apprenticeship program and start his life as an adult working and going to school.

Then THE phone call came…

He was on the phone for quite awhile.  Karol even picked up the extension so she could eavesdrop.  Afterwards, Brandon walked down the stairs and shook his head at her.  It turns out the man who called was a Marine Corps Recruiter. He was telling Brandon all about the programs the Marines have to offer.  He talked  about being a Marine reservist so he could continue to pursue an apprenticeship and ALSO be a Marine.

Karol was NOT happy when she was told about the phone call.  Apparently Brandon told the Recruiter he was willing to take a practice ASVAB test “just to see” how he would do.  He is still 17, and therefore cannot yet join without parental permission.  We did tell him that we wanted to meet the Recruiter to speak with him. So Brandon called him back and told him to come by the house and pick him up today at 5:00.

It was a long night for Karol and I.  I will tell you that any of the boys joining the military had never really entered our minds as a reality, so we had never discussed it.  We are both retired Navy, so we definitely value a military life, but the Marines??  They are the first ones in the thick of the action…..

So the Recruiter showed up today at 5:00.  I had my hands in a bowl of flour, making chicken and dumplings for dinner, and Karol was waiting and was ready to pounce.

Of course it would have been easier for her to pounce on him if he had not been a young, polite, nice, clean cut kid, who was nothing but respectful. He said he understood our concerns, and he believed young people, even if they are old enough to join without parental consent, should listen to what their parents’ concerns were.

We were frank and honest about our concerns, and he answered each one with a thoughtful and detailed answer.  (I think he must be good at recruiting).  So once our questions were answered, what else could we do but let the Recruiter take Brandon for his test.

Poor Karol. She cried. She cried as he walked out the front door with a Marine Corps recruiter to go take a “practice” ASVAB test.

She smiled when he came home and said he would need to “study” more.  (but she didn’t let him see her smile).

One thought on “Wait, what? Did you say you want to join the Marines?????

  1. So good he didn’t do that well. I would rather see air force or navy. More intelligent I have always been told. Glad he is still too young. Welding, much better in my way of thinking. My dad was air force.

    1. We both completely agree Madge! We would prefer the Navy or Air Force also. But if we push that issue he will join the Marines just to prove us wrong….so we hold hands and hope for the best!!

    2. Madge, I agree. I would much prefer he do the Navy or Air Force, but I am going to support him so he doesn’t rebel and join out of spite. 🙂 Thanks for your dad’s service!!

  2. He did qualify for the aviation side and the Recruiter called the Marines call Wings?? He said he needs to study more but he is still undecided. IF we still wants to join the Marines then I would rather he do the Aviation side as they are not Infantry.. We will see I just need to get through Graduation first!!! Lord pahhhlease help me!!

  3. Ah, so *this* is the downside to having boys! I know they’re nuts and set things on fire when they’re little, but they always seem to be so much less drama than girls. I mean, obviously girls are going to join the service, too, but I wonder if it’s something that moms of boys have to worry about more. Anyway, here’s hoping for the best for him; you guys are doing a great job supporting him and I hope he makes a decision you all can live with.

    1. Colyn, there is more than this…lol I do agree that boys have less drama, however, I don;t think girls talk about their vaginas at the dinner table the way my boys talk about their penises and “ball sacks”. sigh….. I hope joining the Marines is just a passing thought for our boy!

    2. Colyn, Yes I think more boys lean towards the service than girls. I will agree boys have less drama. At least my boys don’t have any drama. However, the at least girls don’t talk about their junk at the dinner table. I hear “ball sack” and penis waaaay more than I would like…..

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