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True or False: The military doesn’t really offer experience relevant to the real world.

Thoughts? Opinions? Experiences? Let's hear them Navy Moms :)

"The military doesn’t really offer experience relevant to the real world."

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hooyah to that Cheryl
I was SO proud of what your son said. Kudos to you MOM for raising such an eloquent young man. This country has enough bad apples, dosen't it!
Thanks Cheryl, our shared pride in our Navy sailors often brings tears to my eyes. And, you are right, the country does have enough bad or rotten apples in it, luckily for us, you are correct in saying that, "those apples aren't Navy!!!" I greatly appreciate your kind thoughts and posts. Have you heard anything yet about the Six Flags tickets? I do hope you are able to make it to the park. You are lucky that graduation is during a season of warmth. Brandon graduated in January and it was below freezing, Six Flags would have been out of the question, even if there were free tickets --lol
This site does not state that is only for positve comments. The questions is "The military doesn’t offer experience relevant to the real world" - True or False?

Then - Thoughts? Opinions? Experiences? Let's hear them Navy Moms:

Then - SHARE

Anchor Mom has the same right as any one else on this site. It is her right as a military mom just as it is mine or yours. Our great country has provided each and every citizen the right to exercise this. Freedom to vote,Freedom of religion, and yes Freedom of speech.

If this comment offends you-it shouldn't. Out of every positive response there will be and is negative to being in the military. This is what this post/website is ALL about. Your personal experiences with your military member maybe a positive one. However she is not you. Respect implies to all. Reread the guidelines yourself. If it is not well received then that is one thing. It is a person's God given right to express their right as well as it is yours.
hello anchormom this is Brandon, I am the son of one of the Mom‘s on this website, my proud Mother read your post to me, and was appalled by your statement. I requested that she allow me to come on here to reply. I am a proud Navy sailor and I don't appreciate the things you are saying about my Navy. How dare you talk bad about the men and women who fight to protect you. What is wrong with you? Do you not have anything better to do with your life, than to come onto a website created for the Mom’s of Navy sailors and the support of them, and then insult both the Mothers and the Navy sailors? Please do not message in a negative fashion, such as your statement, "If your goal in life is to join the subliterate masses by giving up your right of independent and critical thought for a few years, then the Navy is a perfect fit, I guess" ------------That statement is absurd to say the least and as kindly as I can post on here...Just save us the time and shut up.
I despise ignorant people like you, I’m in the Navy and proud to represent the Navy, the United States, and the wonderful Mom’s on this site who support us. I have been in the Navy for a while and I believe that it is a very helpful organization, both to me and to my country. The Navy has changed my life for the positive, so do all of these proud parents a favor and post your negative comments on some other site, not one where Mom's come to discuss and share their pride in their sons and daughters, without the military you would not have the freedom to say these outrageous things, and if you cant support our troops and stand behind them, then please kindly step in front of them.
Brandon and proud Mom:
God bless you both in your support of our country..As an experienced sailor and proud Navy Mom myself I felt compelled to reply to your response to Anchormom. You'll find after being in the service quite awhile you are always going to run into someone if not many who do not share your views.

Instead of responding with harsh words such as: "Just save us the time and shut up". Also "I despise ignorant people like you." Sometimes its easy to return and degrade back. You can make your point across to someone, without using a negative tone , as this reflects on you.

Boot camp teaches you basic things in Navy life. "A" or "C" schools about your chosen job. Your many duty stations will teach you tolerance, patience, and acceptance of others. Honor, Courage, and Committment.

I salute you in standing up for your country and yourself. Keep in mind the Navy is not suited for all. Many people also show their patronage to our Country in various ways. As being a successful career sailor requires discipline and tolerance.
AnchorMom you seem to upset many by your one word comment. This post is both for the positive and negative. I am not in agreement with your comment yet I respect the fact that this is simply your viewpoint.

The Navy has many, many positive effects on a individual. Thats only my opinion. I have known of only maybe a handful of the negative. The positive by far outweigh the negative. Again this is only through my experiences. I have had many.

One thing a sailor or mom quickly realizes when they are apart of the Navy's family is the repercussion's of speaking out of their views on the subject at hand. The United States Navy has strict rules and regulations and honorable views in which people when they join are sworn into this agreement.

People are what make up this great Navy. God Bless you and everyone else that do not feel your freedom everyday because of our brother, our son, our daughter whom have taken that oath. I on the other hand am thankful that there are many who join and will continue to join to allow freedom to reign in this country.
Wow that’s quite a statement. I served on active duty for over 20 years. While in the Navy I earned an under grad degree and after retiring I earned two master degrees. One from Penn State and one from Boston University. Thanks to the GI Bill. Today the majority of enlisted have experience more and probably read more than the average college student. Also, Sailors tend to be worldly due their experiences. You have a right to your opinion. However, we have a right to disagree with you and state the facts. Without a doubt serving in the Navy was the best education I have ever experienced and has helped me transition to new career as a senior manager at a mutual fund company.
Hi, I just joined, however, I would like to respond to that as well! My son just joined the Navy,(leaving on Oct 9th) my brother is a Marine. I work at a college. Trust me......the military prepares you for "real life" far and above any college can offer. They learn to work as a team, clean, iron, cook, pay bills. In college, the cafeteria cooks for you, the kids bring home their laundry for Mom to do it. They are not forced to clean their dirty dorm rooms. They skip their classes when they want to. Try doing that in the military. My brother is extremely self sufficient, learned that at the young age of 19.
My daughter decided to join the Navy because she noticed that all of her friends who she went to high school with, were already "wasting" their lives, with McJobs, and partying on the weekends. She looked up one day and said, "That's definately NOT what I want!" For her field, she's decided to go into the avionics field, going to AD school in Pensacola and hopefully going to work on the jet engines on the carriers. Consequently, my job is in that field, I work for an ever growing Charter Air service in Ok, and when the bosses heard about her joining, they invited her on a tour of our facility. They already offered her a job as soon as she's out-either 4 yrs or 20...they've put in their bid, because they value the training, committment and honor that our children are being taught by the best "College" they can go to. Can you tell, I'm just a little proud???? Boot Camp Mom, Ship 6 Div 928....Bravo Zulu!
The Navy does prepare them for civilian life in most ways. I work at a nuclear power plant and most the guys I work with are former Navy. The only thing they suck at is people skills. They think they can continue to treat everyone like they are in the Navy (micro-managing, yelling, punishing all for the common good) and we civilian's hate it. I was in the Navy and I know how it was, but some need to learn people skills as well. If one has them when they go in, hopefully they don't forget them when they come out. LOL

I do know, when my son gets out in 20 years, he would be able to work where I work and easily make a 6 figure income.
Yep. The Navy gives them the education to have wonderful opportunities in the civilian world. My husband was not Navy and not Nuke, but he is an instrument technician and has a great income. There are way more things to do at a power plant then operations (what the Nuke guys would do). Equipment has to be maintained so the plant can run at 100% and this is where the IT, ET and such come in. This is the kind of job my son could do if he chooses to get out after 6, but right now, he wants a Navy career.


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