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<p>all leaving tomorrow morning for Marines bootcamp at Paris Island ...</p>
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<p>our nephew and son have been best buds on and off since birth ... our neighbor boy up the street has been best buds with son since kindergarten  ... and the one he's spent the most time with this past year has been friends since 3rd grade  ...</p>
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<p>took nephew out for lunch and visited the other day to wish him luck and tell him goodbye and just got back from the going away party for another  ...</p>
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<p>I hope they all feel they made the right choice in how to fund their college  ... personally, I wish they'd all got jobs and loans to do it ... but wish them well and hope they all live</p>
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<p>I don't have a problem with our military  ... I don't have a problem with young adults signing on ... but I wish it was due to a deep sense of patriotism and not a deep sense of not having money for college  *sigh*</p>
 

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<p>Good luck to them.   Even though they are doing this to help fund their college, most young people who enlist in the Marines have a little more motivating them. So I am sure that their patriotice motives as recessed as they may seem, will be cultivated in their training.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>NHAmyinBoston</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70193/the-few-the-proud-my-son-s-best-friends#post_1946603"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Even if it's mainly for college, that's not the only reason. And they will develop those deeper feelings of patriotism and pride. You should be proud of them.</p>
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Agreed!  I hope my comment didn't come across as cynical.  I come from a military family.  My dad, and many other of my relatives, joined because it was one of the few options they had (other than working in a steel mill), but they were all deeply patriotic and I'm very proud of them.</p>
 

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I wish I had your outlook ...</p>
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<p>the logistics one probably fits ... but the infantry and bomb diffusion other two worry the hell outta me ...</p>
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<p>It sure won't hurt them any!</p>
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<p>We were at a wedding last night and the son of the bride had graduated from Parris Island last week and was looking proud in his Marine Blues.</p>
<p>Before he went he said he couldn't wait to get into a war zone and be firing shots at bad guys. I thought he might feel different after boot camp.</p>
<p>Apparently not. He's headed off to infantry. He seems so young and immature. I hope he's OK.</p>
 

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<p>Good luck to your son, I hope it is a fulfilling experience for him.   the military isn't for everyone, unfornuately when you find out that it isn't, it doesn't matter.  It's the best thing that my nephew could have done.  My dh, well, he made a committment as a teenager.......he had to fulfill it when he was 30 with a wife and 2 kids, not the greatest decision.</p>
 

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<p>All the best for your son Sporti. We still have the first letter our son wrote from Parris Island. My wife cried when she read it. Here's what you, and your DH, need to do - write. Write often and then write some more. If you get a chance to go to his graduation ceremony, then go, you will not regret it.</p>
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<p>Rob</p>
 

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<p>just to be clear ... it's all of son's friends, not our son  ...</p>
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<p>we all wrote letters for one of the friends that his mom will use to make sure he gets one a day in the mail ... and I hope to get addy for nephew and send him letters while he's there  ... they're all good kids and like sons to me  ...</p>
 

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Nobody puts on a graduation ceremony like the USMC.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rnrlowe</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70193/the-few-the-proud-my-son-s-best-friends#post_1946927"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>All the best for your son Sporti. We still have the first letter our son wrote from Parris Island. My wife cried when she read it. Here's what you, and your DH, need to do - write. Write often and then write some more. <em><strong>If you get a chance to go to his graduation ceremony, then go, you will not regret it.</strong></em></p>
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