I am new to the group. I feel like I just barely figured out being a midshipman mom and all of a sudden it is time for Commissioning. I do not know any other parent of military officers, which is what brought me here. Looking forward to learning from parents who have been where I am now.
Makes sense. Different paths indeed. My son enlisted in 2006. He was a Nuke ET for four years before becoming a OC candidate through STA-21. He commissioned in 2013. He is now a winged aviator!
I have four nephews who serve(d). One Air Force (E1 to O5, retired), another Army E5 served five years, another UNSA grad currently serving -- NFO O6, and one other USNA grad who just finished Nuke school and is now on a Boomer (LTJG). Different paths.....
Wow! That is wonderful! What a great family legacy.
I am still working on getting my family to understand basic things about the Navy.
I sounds like your son has an amazing career. I think all the great places (literal and figurative) that the Navy can take them, is one of the best things!
From the outside looking in (no one in my generation served--as a Gold Star wife, my Mother wouldn't allow it) I view the Navy as a large corporation with tremendous opportunities and benefits. Unlike corporations, Navy sailors put themselves in harm's way, thereby earning the benefits available to them.
As the parent of an only child, I'm not comfortable with the added risk, but, I've learned to live with it.
My son is hoping to be a pilot. He wants to fly the MH-60 helicopter. However, each semester when he goes for counseling with his commanding officers, they always say something like “you know, with your grades you just need to stay open to the fact that you could be drafted as a Nuke...” He did sign up for a sub cruise for this summer. So I guess it’s just wait and see.
Yeah, My son hear that a lot, too! He was aiming for SWO-Nuke, though, so he wasn't too worried about it. He went to an engineering school, so a lot of them stood the chance of being "drafted" nuke, but to my knowledge only one of them actually was.
From what I hear about the kids who wanted aviation, the best bet is to do really well on the aviation selection tests. I think all the kids get nervous about what will happen with their selection, (probably because they have no control over where the Navy sends them). But none of the mids I spoke to after selection were anything but very excited to be heading to their prospective duty stations, so in the end, I think it all works out.
Hi LakeviewMom! My Mid just commissioned too, so you and I are in the same boat, except that I was raised by a Navy Officer, so I have some insight into Navy life. Yet I imagine you and I have some of the same things to learn as our kiddos head to the fleet. Congratulations to your Ensign!
First, sorry for the delay in answering. We were away at a family wedding and my Ensign leaves for his duty station very soon, so there have been lots of family gatherings the past few weeks.
Thank you for the warm welcome and congratulations, as well! I am not sure how it was for you, but we found the Commissioning Ceremony really moving and emotional. It was not like anything I have ever experienced. It must be extra special when it caries on a family tradition, as it does for you. I am sure it is different for every mom, but I find that I am not only extremely proud of my ensign, but all of the men and women of his Battalion who commissioned with him. They are truly wonderful young people. And while I am very happy for all of them, I am going to miss them, too.
I hope your ensign is happy with his posting and as excited as mine is to get out there and do the work they have trained so hard to be ready for! Take care, LakeviewMom