Last month, my 20 year old nephew left for Army boot camp. He had been kicked out of college, lost several jobs, had his car re-po’d and finally after hitting rock bottom, realized he needed some discipline and training and opted for a career in the military. My family has all been supportive of this and proud of him. My father was in the Air Force, my Uncle fought in the Army, and several great-uncles fought in WWII. My nephew grew up in the town which headquarters Strategic Air Command and went to grade school and high school with many children of military families, so he has been exposed to the military lifestyle for a number of years.
Last week he sent a letter to his mother in which he stated that he didn’t realize that this might mean he may have to go to Iraq or Afghanistan and he thinks that someone should have told him that before he signed up. :eek: How on earth does a boy become a man and not realize that a war is going on and that if he enlists in the armed services, that he may actually need to go fight that war?
I should point out that none of us are blaming the recruiter or any other entity for my nephew’s lack of common sense. Our family always discusses current events and I truly don’t know how he found a vacuum to crawl into where he could avoid information that would be clearly obvious to most 8 year olds.
Obviously this is just a vent, and no real advice is needed or requested, but I thought someone else might find it interesting. I’m afraid that I might need to send him a letter letting him know that if he does go overseas to fight, and someone shoots at him, he should duck.