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17 year old son wants me to sign for him to enlist now

My son is 17 and just finshing his junior year of high school.  His recruiter told him the earlier he signs, the better chance he has to get the job he wants.  Is this true?  Also, wondering what happens if we sign now and in the next year he would change his mind.

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Thank You.  It is good to find other moms on here that are experiencing the same it has been a great support for me.  Best of luck to you and your family as well
My son signed when he was 17 as well, the Tuesday after Memorial Day 2010. He just left for Boot Camp on Tues June 21st. They do sign a contract but he did have the opportunity to "discharge" out of the Delayed Entry Program up until he takes the Oath a second time the day he is scheduled to ship out. If this is something he wants to do I would strongly encourage him.    :)
Do not trust any recruiter do your homework before you put your name on any papers. My son was lied to and now is too late so be aware. They are just making theirs numbers to look good and they will tell you anything you want to hear. Hurry up and wait.....

my daughter was 17 when she signed up - we had to sign oking it as well....we knew she could back out if she changed her mind.....she didnt change her mind to NOT go she turned 18 may 22, graduated june 6th & signed a paper saying she wanted to go ASAP

When i question whats the rush...her answer was she didnt want to prolong her choice - she & i went to palm springs for spring break had an amazing time - 2 days after graduation her best friends family took her to Florida they did a week of amusement parks - and she was happy she didnt want to get attached anymore than she already was and wanted to go when we were all happy & healthy (i have cancer so my health is always a concern of hers) and she was ready to start the career she was looking forward to for the last year...she continued to research jobs and loved what she she was ready and best part EXCITED....

so i couldnt be happier for her - but the call tues & checking her in to the hotel the same night to leave the next morning was very unreal i went from talking to her everyday working with her - we own a maaco auto painting business and added a little gift boutique which really was HERS.... she opened and closed as she wanted, so i get the joy of closing it or letting her friends run it :)

no matter what - its their life they have to choose what they want....


britty wanted to see the world try new things and enjoy her youth...because she know at around 25 she wants to start a family and will want to be close to us....and after she researched and INTERVIEWED each branch she choose on her own the navy...i pushed her only to make she she researched each and met with each branch and when she presented everything to me i agreed she had done the leg work and made a educated choice - she wasnt sold be a recuiter that the navy was the best she believed the navy was the best for everything she wanted in a career....


we are SO proud of her!


but we of course miss her - especially me...i lost my best friend whom texted and talked to about all the highs and lows of her teenage life....but i will be able to do that again soon only now she will be wearing big girl grown-up the recuiter said, no thongs allowed LOL ''just my story you have to do what you think is best until they are 18......:)

Doing this for him will allow him to see that you trust in his ability to make adult decisions. 

My son signed up when he was 17 as well. I am not sure about the chance being better for a better job if he signs now.. But he will get to know his recruiter well and it is a great idea in my opinion. I know that his job will depend on what he makes on his test after he signs up. I am still new to this and my son is just now in his 3rd week of bootcamp now. Its hard on parents, but its the best decision I believe a kid could make. My son found out alot about it and was gung ho to go. I know he misses being home but it is giving him structure and he knows he wants to make a career out of it. Smartest thing in the world to me! Hope this helps at least a little. :)



You can sign him now but you have up to he goes to MEPS to change your would be delayed entry....he can't go until he graduates High School....So I would put off going to MEPS until next year. And his job depends on how high he scores on the test too. I signed my son up at 17 but he graduated this year at 17 and it will give him money for school and a job for when he gets out.....Here in Tx he will end up with over 100, 000 for school. My son got a REALLY good job.
If that's what he wants, go ahead and do it early.  I did it for my son (he leaves tomorrow morning for BC, and will turn 18 while he's still in BC), and he was able to spend a lot of time meeting people and learning about different jobs.  My son really wanted nuke and tested for it, and enlisting early allowed him to get the spot he wanted.  He also got a ship date close to the end of the school year so he's still in "learning mode" for A school.  It has been a huge confidence booster for him over the past several months since he enlisted, since there isn't any uncertainty about what life after high school will be like.  The extended DEP experience will help a lot, even if your son already has JROTC experience.

My son left for Boot camp yesterday. He's 17.


My oldest signed at 17 and is now three weeks into boot camp. My 2nd oldest will be 17 in December and also will sign then....and honestly, for the opportunities they have in the Navy, I dont forsee changing their mind lol they can do so many awesome things and learn so much it's incredible!! Good luck!!!
Fantastic. You have done a fine job yourself.
I wouldn't believe it! You are able to "pick" your job after you get your ASVAB scores. From what I hear, the higher the score, the more chance to get the job you want. I would never sign up my son until after high school when he is sure he is not going to college. Alot can happen his senior year. If he signs now, he HAS to go. I'd wait! JMO. My son entered when he was 20. This is after he went to college to be a Fire Fighter. He now is almost done with RSS program. There is no way he would have been ready for this challange at the age of 18. Good Luck.


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