g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Military Families Site

BellaOnline's Military Families Editor


My Son or Daughter wants to join the Military

Guest Author - Sherrie Knoller

These are the words that most parents donít want to hear ďI want to join the militaryĒ. For some parents itís an honor because their daughter or son wants to follow in the parentsí footsteps but for other parents itís the concern for their safety. As parents we have the right to question their decision because we are protective over our son or daughterís well being. Itís a natural thing to be concern especially when they put their life at risk or choosing a career that has risks.

With services like firefighters and police officers there are risks associated with the job. The military is different because they are signing a contract to serve and their life depending on the job they choose may be a risky one. So it is hard get out of the military unless you are discharge for reasons such as medical, hardship, or complete your term and not re-enlist.

As parents instead of refusing to hear them out and make them feel that they are incapable of making such a big decision. We need to give support to them in every way we can. Your son or daughter can speak to a recruiter to see if the military is right for them. Now the recruiter will try and sell them on everything it is their job but ask the recruiter if you can speak to someone who is in the field they are interested in. It would benefit them to talk to someone who has been on deployments to see what their life is like on a daily basis. Sometimes things sound good on paper but can be completely different in reality. Also, your soon or daughter does not have to chose a job in the military where they are on the front lines. Have them look at the different jobs in the military. Job experience gained in the military can be carried over to civilian jobs which is really beneficial.

It can be hard everyday when you have a loved one serving or a loved one who wants to join the service. You constantly see media on the military. The military does more than just fighting or being involved in conflicts. The military is always there to offer relief efforts and support as we have seen in Japan. So your son or daughter will be apart of organization that not only protects, but also supports other countries that need help. Your son or daughter will be able to travel and meet different people and experience different cultures.

If your son or daughter is still in school try the ROTC program. The ROTC programs are offered at high school and college level. I did an NJROTC program all throughout high school and was extremely beneficial. It is an opportunity to understand what the military is like. The ROTC program gave me opportunities such as staying on a military ship for a week while out sea. I was able to experience what life is like on a military ship working side by side with a military member. It was an interesting view of how military members manage when they are away from their loved ones. Ultimately, it is your son or daughterís decision. So being there and giving unconditional support through a big decision it will benefit both you and your son or daughter.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Twitter Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Facebook Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to MySpace Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Del.icio.us Digg My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Yahoo My Web Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Google Bookmarks Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Stumbleupon Add My+Son+or+Daughter+wants+to+join+the+Military to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Military Families Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Sherrie Knoller. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sherrie Knoller. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Volunteering on Military Installations

A Salute to Military Moms

Childcare for Military Families

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor