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    He did it

    Today was Little Grapes last day as a high school student. Extremely proud of the Kid. He hasn't made less than a B since 3d grade. Not an athlete, which is fine by me. But a member of the Math Club, Physics club,STEM club, National Honor Society, Computer club, and at graduation will be 20 credit hours away from a AS degree.

    Back around Nov, I started noticing a change in him. He was trying to decide which engineering field to major in, we submitted his FSA application and were talking about taking the ACT for a second time.

    Then the Friggin recruiters came to the school for Senior Career Day. And he asked me if it would be a good idea to take the ASVAB. Just to get use to taking test.

    Then in Jan, he and I were looking at a few packets from various schools when he hit me with " I want to take a break from going to school." " I hear the stories from you and mom about all the places you have been and I would like to see the world before locking into a career/life". I had no argument to counter that.

    The only thing that I insisted was that when he went to see the recruiters I would accompany him. To call Bullshit when I saw it. So we went to see all 4 recruiters. I did tell him that there was no way I would let a son of mine join one of the branches. He ships for boot camp at the end of June.

    Any guesses on which service he will become a member of?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Congratulations and good luck to your son, Gun Grape.
    [I was hoping the answer would be NASA (lol)] ...but the "I'd like to see the world" sure reads as USN.

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    USMC arty.
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    Gunny,

    Congratulations to young Grape. I know your wife and you must be immensely proud. It appears he worked his tail off in school and that sort of drive seems increasingly rare. Betting he'll be a success at whatever he chooses in life.
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    OOOORAH!

    Congrats to the Young Man.

    And regardless of the service he chose (you did say Boot Camp so I am assuming USMC) I am sure he will be a fine Soldier/Marine/Sailor. I didn't say Airman because I consider the USAF an ally.
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    Congratulations GG. Proud day for you & Mrs Gunny. You have obviously raised a fine boy who will be a credit to his family & his country.


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    Congrats Gunny, he will do you proud
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    Thanks all.

    My son is joining the Air Force.

    The service that I told him I wouldn't let/want him join was my own. The Marine Corps.

    The Navy recruiter stood him up on 3 scheduled appointments without so much as a text to say he couldn't make it. The 2d time, I called his Master Chief who informed me that the recruiter was on annual leave out of state.

    The Army recruiter cussed like a storm. And after finding out that I was a Marine did the "they go to army schools so the Army is just as bad ass as the Corps". My son informed him that he had grown up in a Marine home and that he heard more cuss words in the 15 mins with the recruiter then he had heard come out of his fathers mouth in 18 years. His last words to the recruiter was "At the end of the day your still the Army and if you are the best example of what I should expect then its very unprofessional". I was ROFL

    The Air Force recruiter was straight up professional, answered every question my son and I,asked. Didn't sugarcoat anything Then as a kicker told Chris that since he had base access, he should go talk to airmen and confirm what he said. So we did, asking Airmen from E-3, NCOs Jr Officers and even a Col. At 2 different bases.

    In the end I was kicking my ass that I hadn't done the Air Force thing.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    bahahaha....fly, fight, and win!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    In the end I was kicking my ass that I hadn't done the Air Force thing.
    Can they retrospectively throw you out of the Marines for saying things like that. ;-)


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    Wish there was a like key here. Congratulations Gunny and good luck "Little Grapes"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    Can they retrospectively throw you out of the Marines for saying things like that. ;-)
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    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Nice to see the Marines are on top of stuff like this Gunny. Once the rot starts who knows where it will end. Honor is satisfied. :-D


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    Saw my son off today. His projected grad date is Aug 17. Which by some strange coincidence is exactly 36 years to the day from the day I started Marine Corps boot camp.

    Man the house is empty without him.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    You'll adjust...slowly.

    If you mentioned it I missed it.

    What will he be doing?
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