For the past five or six years I have wanted to join the military. I've been talking with recruiters since I turned seventeen, and after spending lots of hours researching, talking with those who are serving/have served, I have decided that the United States Navy is the branch that will best fit me.
The problem is my parents. I turn 18 on April the 13th, which is obviously not very far in the future. Because I am so close to being 18, my recruiter has been getting everything ready for me to join. I've been doing pretty much everything behind my parents backs. They know I've been to a recruiter, but they think I went just to ask some questions to learn more about the Navy....not to get ready to start the process of joining.
On April the 16th, I have a date to MEPS, which is basically where they make sure that you are able to join the military. I will have to miss two days of school and the MEPS station is about 2 hours from my town. I will have to spend the night, and obviously my parents will eventually recognize that I am not home.
I have tried to talk to my parents about my decision to join the military and even though I always bring it up in a calm, rational manner, somehow or another it ends up with me being pissed off and my mother yelling. They are so set in their ways, even though when I talk about it I try to be very mature about it and insist that it is going to be the best thing for me.
So, seeing that April the 16th is not that far away and that my parents are not going to come around, I was considering pretending like I was leaving for school, going to my recruiter the morning of the 16th when I was supposed to leave, and basically not calling/texting my mom and telling her until I was already in Memphis. I KNOW...this is probably a really bad idea, but I don't have many other choices as they won't listen to me.
I am sooo nervous. I really want to tell them, but I can't bring myself to do it. I'll think about bringing it up but then chicken out whenever I try to sputter out the words. I understand that you all do not know my parents nor do you know how they would react, but what would you do if your kid did what I am planning to do? I'm scared that my mom is going to kick me out of the house or something, but I really don't know any other way to get this done.
Kudos to you if you've managed to make any sense out of this.