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Old 03-23-2009, 06:14 AM
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Hello... I have a 19 year old son that has not taken the ASVAB test yet but I'm trying to convince him that joining the navy would be very good for him and his education. I cannot afford college for him and there is a move coming up which will force him to really begin being an adult (he still lives at home) Right now he's only working part time and we are on the verge of getting him a car so that he can pursue a full time job but, in this economy I feel strongly that the military is a good thing for him for pay and education. He then told me he'd check into the ROTC so I'm curious if anyone has any advice for me about it and about him possibly joining the Navy.
Thanks in advance...
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Location: The best little city in the country
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First question - does HE want to join the military? If he doesn't, I wouldn't try and push it on him. Yes, the economy sucks right now, but the military is certainly not an easy out. Plenty of people (and notice I say people, not people's parents!!) pay for college the good old fashion way - with a job, starting at community college, and then working into a university, with a grant, or a scholarship, or a loan. And plenty of people don't go to college at all, because they prefer working in a more blue collar, or technical field where experience, and journeyman experience are more useful than a degree.

If your son is 19, living at home, and working part time - it sounds like he needs a good kick in the pants! A recruiter could do that for him . . . but so could you. Go home, announce its time that he learn what being an adult is all about - and set a date that he needs to start paying rent by or get out - I bet he'll find a job, or make up his mind about the ASVAB, a lot quicker that way!!
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:03 PM
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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^^Couldn't have said it better Luv!
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:14 PM
Location: West Texas
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Joining the Navy may sound like a good idea but it may sound good just to you.
When I went to boot camp (Navy) there were a couple of guys whose parents "pressured" them into enlisting. All it really did was make life hell for the rest of us.
Mass punishment can be an effective way of bringing some one around to doing what they're suppose to do and it was used whenever these two guys goofed off or didn't "pay attention to detail" like the rest of us who wanted to be there.
They both were eventually set back in training and went to separate companies. What happened after that I don't know.

It would be better for him to decide to enlist rather than being pressured to.

Good luck
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