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Help me I am so sad because my son Bryan wants to join Navy he will be taking test tomorrow I want emotional support

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Thank You! I know he will have a lot of opportunities but I love him a lot. I need let him go because he needs to be prepare for life. I know that I am not livig forever. He takes this decision and We need to support him. I am cry in each room when he is with his friends but I very strog when he is around me. Thank you! KK
Thak you!
Hi Argie, you will be sad but you will be so proud, my son is in BC now, we have 30 days and counting till PIR. It was so hard at first, but when you hear from them your heart will be filled with pride.
I am so proud because when he was 5 years old he was wearing an ARMY uniform for about a year. Every day he only take off just to washed. He show me his spirit since he was so little.
I can give you perspective from a mother in law who's son in law has been in since he was 18. He's now 26 and is one of the finest young men I know. He has gained knowledge, marketable skills, pride, self-respect, discipline and a host of other qualities. He was basically without direction in high school, until he joined the Navy. He's been to foreign lands and has seen how other people live. He's met new friends. He's saved lives. And he's made his family proud.

His wife (my daughter) just graduated from OCS and begins her Navy career very soon, as she will be deploying with her ship mid-July. Yes, I'm going to miss our almost daily conversations, but I know she will be a better person for her new life.

Keep reading and writing here - we've all been through what you're feeling.

Thank you! Lisa for your words
My son Bryan is now in his test. We support him!
Yes, we all know the sadness and tears! The weeks before my son left, I couldn't sit through a meal with him without crying! Poor guy, I know I must have embarassed him when we ate out and I did that. Ha!! He is now in his 5th week of bootcamp. I don't cry anymore.....but I bet I will when I see him at graduation! I agree with the others here, it does get better! The letters eventually (3 weeks) start coming and then a phone call. My son is 25 and has been living out on his own for 6 years....but I was still just as sad letting him go. Stay in touch with us here---we will support you!!
Try not to be sad that your son is leaving or he will sense that from you. Try to be strong and happy for him. My dad was in the military for over 20 years and it's a great life. He retired when I was in 6th grade and when he got out I really missed it. We traveled a lot and changed schools often but I had a great childhood. I would never have been able to see those things if my father wasn't in the military. My son goes in next spring and I hope he loves it. He's been away at college so I'm used to him being gone but I know it will be different when he goes in because we won't see him as much.
Hi Argie, please don't be sad about your son's leaving for Basic Training. The NAVY is a wonderful career choice for a young man and the possibilities are endless. You won't believe the pride that you're going to feel when you receive his first letter and that pride grows each week. I loved getting those letters and I've kept them for my son to read some day. I'm sure that he'll get a kick out of them. Please be sure to join your son's PIR group as it is a great source of support and information. Trust'll laugh harder than you have in a long time and you'll share tears of joy with those women during Battle Stations as everyone starts to receive their calls from their son's saying, "I'm A Sailor In The United States Navy". Good luck!
You have it here that is for sure... My daughter just left for BC yesterday and now i have 8 weeks to cry.
This should not be sad at all! My son, who is 25, is graduating boot camp on Friday. I just got off the phone with him. He is so happy and more proud of himself than I have ever heard him before. This is a wonderful time in our family. Embrace his decision and support him!! Hang in there.


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