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i have been considering joining the navy for awhile now and been trying to convince her that it isnt as bad as it sounds....she is very worried that the navy is like the rest of the military (the war) and being in afgan for a year....what i really want to do is be a rescue swimmer..and she just dont understand everything about the i was just looking for some help from girls who have been through this first hand and theyre worries and how it came to be where you are now with your boyfriend or husband so i can live my dream and do this with my girlfriend.....thank you:)

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is your gf on this site?
no but she will read this
Hello! I have a son who just graduated aircrew rescue swimmer school and is still in Pensacola! But that's not why I am posting this, I'm posting to give you and your girlfriend an awesome link that will help you guys out. Go join this group:

Best of luck to you!
u beat me to it :) lol
My boyfriend is in the Navy. In fact he is at boot camp right now... Let me be honest as well as put your heart at peace. It is not easy. You WILL miss him dearly and you wont hear from him for up to weeks at a time. You will most likely feel betrayed and abandoned as did I. will bring you closer as a couple. You will grow strong and have an unbreakable, undenyable, trust in eachother. You will learn to be secure. You will apprciate EVERY 4 minute phone call and 1/2 page letter...sounds crazy right? You really will. You will never take eachothers time for granted again. And the love between a sailor and his girl, is tighter then the water molecules he will be sailing in. YES, there will be hard times, and times where you are apart. But it is worth every tear when you hear his voice again! I PROMISE!
As for war,,, the navy is water, and we are not at war with any countrys who even have water near them. All the places that our soldiers are, are land-locked. So no worries there hun! SOME sailors do go to war in the middle east. BUT it is voluntary and you have to be a rank that takes years to achieve. ALSO, if your boyfriend is even remotely willing to turn down his dream of being in the Navy for you, then you should be willing to not let him turn down that dream. Support him in his disiscions, but only if you know that when your time comes to do what you want, that he will support you in yours. Your boyfriend, and all of our men and women out there... are the most loving, selfless people on EARTH. For they are willing to risk their life, freedom and hearts, in the chance that you may keep yours safe. So be strong and support our sailors, airmen, soilders and marines. Because they support the country you so freely live in. NavyForMoms is always here when you need any questions answered or just need a friend to rant here. We are all in this together. Navy Sweethearts stick together, we all know what eachother is going through and support our loved ones. You are not alone!

Tyeson- Thank you for volunteering to be a part of the many brave men and women who protect this country. Good luck and God Bless!
This not exactly true. My son is currently in a country on the persian gulf. While it's true he does his work at 30000 feet in the air, the Navy is MUCH SAFER than any other branch I believe. So just embrace his decision and just remember it is for BOTH your futures as well as his happiness to pursue his dreams.
I am a Navy Mom (my 22 year old son is at boot right now) so I cannot speak personally to what you or your girlfriend are going through; and Bella did say it best in that regard. However, I am a married woman of 32 years so I believe I can speak with great experience toward a man and his dreams. This post is primarily for your girlfriend, from an old married lady. ;D

A man of intregrity will want to be a rescue swimmer; a man of integrity will want to serve his country, whether it be inside the military, or outside. And a man with integrity will willingly set his dreams aside for the woman he loves! He won't be dramatic about it at all; and he may not even mention it to you. Quite the contrary, he will make it seem as if it were his idea and he set it aside because he loves you. You may never know it because his honor won't allow him to tell you, but he will feel the disappointment in dreams not fulfilled.

In my three decades with my man I have never once regretted giving him permission to live out his dreams because the man I got back in return was so full of life and love for me that it completely offset the small danger he might be in. But the few times I have insisted that he not do something because of my fears or need to control I have deeply regretted it.

Your man has a soldiers heart; a rescuers heart. That is a might fine quality in a man and you are very blessed to have him. And he is very blessed to have the love of a woman like you that has his safety in mind. Chances are overwhelmingly in your favor that your man will come home again. My son is a Navy sailor and I am completely at ease with his choice of military career.

Research the Navy websites, go into the forums and soak up all you can. I'm sure it will put you at ease. Best of luck to both of you and Tyeson, thank you for the honor and heart you have, not only for your nation, but for others, as well.

What a fine post.....Cynthia, you said this so well. Very eloquent and with much insight. I agree with everything you said.
My son is a rescue swimmer. When he told his girl friend he was joining the Navy she said she'd support him in anything he wanted to do. 8 weeks of boot camp cemented their relationship (absence makes the heart grow fonder : 0 ) and they got married later that year. They are now awaiting his deployment. He'll be gone 6-9 months leaving her behind of course. She got a job so she can stay busy while he's gone, she's made friends, and I know they'll be fine because they're totally committed to one another.

If you want to be a rescue swimmer, there's group called "Moms of aviation rescue swimmers" where you can get lots of info.
I'm a guy, in the Navy, married with 3 kids (4th on the way), I had a girlfriend that didn't want me to join the Navy when I joined (she is not my wife). You are now an adult, making decisions that will affect the REST OF YOUR LIFE. I will simplify the choice for you.
If being in the Navy is something that is important to you, DO IT. If she is the girl that your going to have a supportive, long and happy marriage with then she will support your decision for your life and job (maybe career or at least a good jumping off point to one). If not then maybe she's not the one for you and then my advice is there are plenty of other fish in the sea. I know this sounds fairly straight forward and quite blunt, but don't let your life be something that you regret because someone other then you made decisions for you. You'll end up hating her for it.

This process must change when you are married since you now need to make decisions as a couple for the good of the family. In that case counsel upon your decisions together and come to an understanding. That doesn't mean giving up on dreams, it means sacrificing and doing what is best for your family.
Good luck,
I had a great response...but in reading the posts already don't need my input...just know that "DITTO" to the comments below pretty much covers everything!!!
totally agreeable!! lol


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