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my son is thinking about not joining now. What are the rules or limits on that? He is still in high school but is signed up and wanted to know. He wants to do college

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Hmmm, HuntersMom...not sure about this. One of the N4M's who have been in the Navy will need to answer this. I do think, though, that there will be an issue...has he signed a contract? Oh...paging ....Angie, Craig, Bunker, Anti M

He is 17? 18? Let him take his time. Don't rush him. College is a good thing. Maybe it's a girl. Maybe he simply is not ready. Maybe he'll doesn't know what he wants to do. Tell him it's OK to wait. Just keep him focused on getting somewhere with his life. When he was going to start boot camp in Sept - he had a timetable, a goal. He needs to set goals if he is NOT going to join right now. In other words, he should not be just sitting around the house, thinking about his girlfriend all day long, then spend all night entertaining his girlfriend.  Have him writ down his goals.  What degree does he want to get?  4 year degree? 2 year associates degree? How long does he think it will take?  How will he finance the college thing?  Does he expect you to pay for the cost of tuition, room and board?  If not, will he be getting loans?  and working part time?  He needs to evaluate his talents & assess his financial resources.  His girlfriend is just one parameter in the equation. He needs to do some serious thinking.

I happen to be one of those who feel there is a place and time for a young person to be in a college atmosphere with all the freedom in the world and very few obligations.  Being a freshmen at a college is a great experience. Being a freshmen at 18 is very different than going back to college at 24/25.  Many however simply hate school - feel it's useless - are restless and can't sit still. For these let-me-start-making-some-money, college would be a real waste - these kids should be encouraged to join a branch of the military, get a job or get some technical training at a special trade school.

It just depends on your son.  Finally, remember this whole thing is about him - not you.

Hunters - If he wants to do college that is great!  Have him request a dep discharge.  Here is the rule.  Look at item #10.  He's set to go.  

btw: tell him women aren't a reason to change your life ambitions.  In the Navy, he will have his choice of gals.  God put all these people on this planet to find the one that meets your same desires.  Tell him not to limit himself.

If he doesn't want to go...he doesn't have to.  He is not under any obligation to go...BUT if he backs out now and decides to join latter...he will need a waiver to join, which they don't have to approve as he was going to go once and than backed out..they may see him as a risk.


All he has to do is go into the recruiter and tell them he doesn't want to go...he better be ready for the hard sell and the speach on how he signed a contract and must go (which isn't true, that is just something they say)


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