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Offline Coach E

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Proud Dad Moment
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:46:07 PM »
Just came back from my younger son's swearing in ceremony for the National Guard. He signed his contract and took the oath. He starts his weekends in March and ships out to basic June 4th. His plan now is to stay in through his senior year next year and then after AIT go full Army or maybe Marines. Regardless, he's looking the free schooling after AIT to get him set up for his future. This was nothing we did; he came up with it on his own. Very proud of my boy.
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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 12:49:12 PM »
Just came back from my younger son's swearing in ceremony for the National Guard. He signed his contract and took the oath. He starts his weekends in March and ships out to basic June 4th. His plan now is to stay in through his senior year next year and then after AIT go full Army or maybe Marines. Regardless, he's looking the free schooling after AIT to get him set up for his future. This was nothing we did; he came up with it on his own. Very proud of my boy.
Best parts of the military are the G.I. Bill and a V.A. loan. I might not have got the retirement but I was able to stay in long enough to get both of them. Well worth the years spent.

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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2019, 12:56:26 PM »
This was nothing we did; he came up with it on his own.

—Nothing you did?  Are you kidding me?  It’s called, “raising your boy right.”  And it’s becoming more and more rare.  Great job you’re doing. 

Very proud of my boy.

—As you absolutely should be.  Congratulations.

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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 06:32:17 PM »
Well, he's been gone for almost 4 weeks now. Got a couple of letters and so far the mental aspect is taking a bigger toll on him than the physical. When we finally got his mailing address, we sent him about a dozen letters - pictures, stories, quotes, jokes/puns, lots and lots of encouragement. In one of his letters, he wonders why he did this to himself and wants to come home, but he knows he has to see it through for himself. I replied to that letter praising him for his courage. Every day I don't hear from him or the company commander, I get a little more proud.

Also, there's a website out there that takes pictures every day of them going through the various training they're subjected to. We have been able to find him in three pictures so far. That's pretty cool.

We miss him terribly, but know that what he is going through is something that will make him find himself a whole lot faster than most of his classmates.
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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 07:07:39 PM »
Just quote him the current number of active duty and reservists in the U.S. Army. And, tell him to think, "If all of those S.O.B.'s made it through this bullshit then so can I!" That thought alone always helped us.
 
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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2019, 10:30:50 AM »
My youngest is a Specialist in the Army, currently deployed.

He would say the same thing about Basic Training. It was harder on him mentally than physically.  HOWEVER, he admitted it did get easier after the initial "Hard Ass Push" subsided some just after the 1/2 way point.  He still laughs about some of the "Finer Moments" at Basic Training.     

I absolutely loved the Pictures they took during Basic.  The one after the Gas Mask Chamber still sticks in my head!       

To this day, I say its the best decision he ever made.

Kudos to your son on his decision.    8)   

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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2019, 12:54:09 PM »
Well, he's been gone for almost 4 weeks now. Got a couple of letters and so far the mental aspect is taking a bigger toll on him than the physical. When we finally got his mailing address, we sent him about a dozen letters - pictures, stories, quotes, jokes/puns, lots and lots of encouragement. In one of his letters, he wonders why he did this to himself and wants to come home, but he knows he has to see it through for himself. I replied to that letter praising him for his courage. Every day I don't hear from him or the company commander, I get a little more proud.

Also, there's a website out there that takes pictures every day of them going through the various training they're subjected to. We have been able to find him in three pictures so far. That's pretty cool.

We miss him terribly, but know that what he is going through is something that will make him find himself a whole lot faster than most of his classmates.
The most emotional time for me was when I got to call home to "talk about the GI Bill". Talk about balling. You ever want to see 30 or so men break out in tears simultaneously? Let them call their loved ones during the first week of basic training. There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2019, 10:40:43 AM »
I absolutely loved the Pictures they took during Basic.  The one after the Gas Mask Chamber still sticks in my head!       

This is my kid....not liking it...

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Re: Proud Dad Moment
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2019, 12:15:58 PM »
That's the one!!    LOL  Tears and Snot Bubbles!

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