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I have been reading through the various discussions and was somewhat surprised by the sorrow in many of the mom's postings.  My daughter just finished basic and is now at A-school in San Antonio.  She signed up as a "Master of Arms".  I did not realize until I researched around just how dangerous of a job that could be and that she could get sent over to Afghanistan, or Iraq.  Although that does concern me, I find that I am not only a proud Navy mom, but very excited for my daughter.  She is having a great time, is pleased with her decision to join, and is looking forward to being shipped off someplace.  Her dream location would be Japan - -she's dreamed of not only going to Japan -- but LIViNG there -- since she was very young.  She's always been fascinated with the Japanese culture.  So I find myself not saddened by the "loss" of my daughter to the Navy, but excited for the many potential opportunties that will be offered to her as she begins her journey. And I do realize some of those same opportunities could be very dangerous....


And for now, I still get to talk to her whenever I want and can visit her soon.  Maybe down the road I will not be so excited, but for now, I am really excited for her and proud of her too.

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brittsmom2010 - my son has been in the Navy for 3 1/2 years (wow where's the time gone). for him it was an excellent choice and now he's considering re-enlisting. I'm VERY proud of him, but still miss him like crazy at times. I, too, feel like I've 'lost' my son, but the Navy has been able to do things for him that his family cannot do for him. I just ask that you never let her see you cry over missing her - she has a job to do & if she's worried about you, she can't do it as effectively. Finally, make sure she knows how proud you are.
I too am very PROUD of my sons decision to join the Navy!!! He comes from a long line of military family, his grandfather also served in the Navy. I know it could be dangerous, but so can anything you do in life. I do miss him but this gives him the chance to go places and serve his country at the same time. He has a good job and is very happy, I too will share in his joy!!
Hi Brittsmom,

We have a little in common, I believe your discussion tag said you were a Florida mom?
I am a Florida mom and my daughter is Brittany and her job is Master of Arms and will be headed to San Antonio after boot camp as well. She has been in boot camp for 4 weeks now.
I am curious to learn about your experiences with your daughter going through this process. When did she graduate and head to San Antonio? How old is your daughter? Mine is 18 yrs old. Did her job make her a Grad and Go?
Sorry so many questions, you just seem to be the closest one with a daughter and similarities to mine.
I must say the Afghanistan and Iraq freak me out, but I am too so very proud of my daughter.
Thanks, Cindy
Britney'smom~ My husband just finished Aschool in SA for MA. If you have any questions that i can help with please let me know. I got to know the base, school and current MA's pretty well. There's also a MAA group on here you should join, it gived lots of info. Hope to talk to you soon!
Sadly, my son is miserable. He was on hold after bootcamp for months in GL, then finally finished A-School only to be put back on hold. Then he is advised that his permanent duty station orders were in....and that he was supposed to be there 2 weeks prior but Tennessee screwed up getting them to GL. So, after leaving for bootcamp two days before Thanksgiving, he shipped out to Pearl Harbor last week and has yet to get any leave. He is in paradise, but is miserable - in the middle of nowhere, no familiar faces, unfriendly people and he feels abandoned. I talk to him every day and after being so excited to make the Navy his career, I think he is now reconsidering. It saddens me because some idiot's screwup and the Navy's lack of coordination and caring for those that are 'dropped' in the middle of the ocean has now turned my son, who was so matured by the experience and so looking forward to the rest of his life into a bitter and depressed young man who is looking more and more like the old kid I knew before bootcamp. I am deeply disappointed and so sad that my son is so miserable and I cant do anything about it.....



My Dau is leaving for BC 2/16/2011 as a MA and will also be doing A school in San Antonio. Like you, Im a very proud mom and excited for my dau as she starts this amazing life. She too is also excited and wouldnt mind getting stationed abroad.

(But im secretly hoping for within the US) lol... Would love to here your dau stories since my dau will be in the same journey. Thank you for posting.





That is AWESOME!! My daughter wanted to be a MA. She has a criminal justice degree!

Brittsmom, You will always be proud of your daughter. My oldest son joined the Navy almost 17 years ago and I couldn't be prouder of the things he has done in his life. As he says to me all the time it was the best desision he could have made. In Sept of 09 he was stationed in Italy and I flew over so that I could pin his Anchors on him when he made Chief I have never more proud of him as I was that day. It has been a great life for him so hang in there and be proud of the things that she is doing with her life. and if you ever need someone to bounce things off of I am always around. Karen

Thanks so much Karen.

I am just so happy that she is loving it. I think she realizes everyday that she made the right decision. She talks to friends from school and who are either working jobs or in college and they ask her how they can join. Life is not as easy as they had expected and that again reassures her of her right choice. I hope she can make chief one day, not sure Italy is in the books but she would love it if it was. Thanks always for the support. Cindy

you may be reading the anxiety of the unknown by Mothers. I went through bootcamp and had a great time in the Navy years ago.  I am still nervous with my son leaving for bootcamp even though I know in my heart he has made a great choice.  I am very proud of my son . But I will always be Mom and will worry even when I shouldn't.

we are all very very proud of our children but no matter what we are moms first. my daughter is also ma and absolutely loves her job. but 14 months overseas than home for 6 weeks and then out to sea again can take a toll on a mom so i can see where the moms are coming from. god bless your daughter and always keep her safe

Great to hear your outlook on this.  I know when my boy when to boot camp on 3/12/12 all my family asked me "why aren't you crying."  I was happy that he chose this path.  I think that it will make him grow in every way possible.  I have heard from him by letter once and he reported that he had been put on SIQ (sick in quarters) and was waiting to get back to his learning and PT.  It concerns me that this might delay his graduation but I'm crossing my fingers it won't.  

I am from a Military family and now my son has followed what his grandpa and Uncle did when they graduated from school.



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