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post #21 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 07:17 PM
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And don't listen to a **** thing the recruiters say. They will say anything to make you sign that paper. Make sure everything is in your contract that you guys talk about. Don't just settle for something just to join the navy (wouldn't advise joining the navy anyway, but go for it) Trust me. I listened to the recruiter and got stuck with the worst job in the army. Human resources. Yep, I'm a paper pusher.
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post #22 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 07:48 PM
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It seems like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. I really don't envy your position. It seems obvious that you are certain of your decision, and you really should do whatever is possible to achieve your goals. Before you leave, you need to consider a few things. First, are you prepared to go through your training and deployment on your own with little to no support from home? That is VERY difficult. I have seen many a college student get homesick, feel the pressure, stress and try to deal with the responsibilty of being away from home and literally crack under the pressure.....and that's just college. This is1,000 times bigger than that, and you may not think you need it, but having your parents support you through this would be huge.

Also, joining the armed forces is and should be about honor and respect. Please please please honor and respect your parents by telling them your plans. You do not need to leave now to get your orders, the Navy will be happy to take you at any time. There will be another class after you graduate. Your recruiter probably has a quota he has to meet and will push to get people through. Remember that.

Lastly, if you go to college and get a degree, you can enter the Navy as an officer and get better pay and benefits right from the start, and they probably will still payoff your student loans and still give you a signing bonus.

Your choice to join is not wrong at all. Just make sure you are already making the mature decisions a seaman will need to make.

Just my opinion......
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post #23 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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I just got done talking to my cousin, who is a recruiter with the Army. We had a LOOONNNGGG talk about everything involving the military, including both good and bad things.

I just texted my recruiter and basically explained what I am about to explain to all of you.

I'm going to reschedule my date for MEPS. On the 13th of April, I turn 18. Also on this day, I'm going to sit my parents down and tell them that I am joining the Navy. I am also going to invite them down to my recruiter's office (he's okay with this and has encouraged it throughout the process) so that any questions they may have will be answered. If they choose not to come, I'll go by myself to get my new MEPS date so at least they will know what is going on, and won't feel like I've completely deceived them.

Sound fair enough?

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post #24 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 09:13 PM
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That sounds like a very mature way of handling things.

When is your reschedule date?

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post #25 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
That sounds like a very mature way of handling things.

When is your reschedule date?

Well, I was just going to reschedule whenever they are supposed to come in and talk. I'll assume it will be just a few days after I was supposed to go in the first place.

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post #26 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 09:19 PM
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That sounds a lot better. Then you don't have to make up any lies or have any deception. Good luck to you.
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post #27 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 09:28 PM
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Sounds like the adult way to handle this.
You will be 18 and able to make your own decisions. Make them wisely.
I joined the USAF after graduating college my mother was not happy. Didn't talk to me for 2 days. My father was retired from the military so go figure. She got over it. Good luck Shalom
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post #28 of 36 Old 04-05-2012, 10:22 PM
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Wow, I'm impressed. You really thought this through and have come up with a fantastic solution to your problem. Good luck to you and your family. I hope everything works out!
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post #29 of 36 Old 04-06-2012, 12:11 AM
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Sounds like a plan. Congrats and good luck!

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post #30 of 36 Old 04-06-2012, 01:49 AM
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I think it's totally your decision. Don't let someone else dictate your life. :) I'd say talk with them and say, "This is what I'm doing." If she wants to get upset and yell, then you can just quietly disengage and leave until she can calmly and rationally discuss it with you. Your choice, your life(: Good luck!

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