My pop was a sailor on the Randolph until he left the service in 1971, and my grandfather served in the Merchant Maries during WWII, so I was glad when my son expressed an interest in military service, but the idea of him as an Army MP (his original plan) scared me a little. When he told me the Navy had seen his ASVAB and school scores and recruited him as a Nuke, I was *thrilled*! I am so proud of him and what he's accomplished so far, and I know he'll give Nuke training everything he's got. He's already talking about making a career of the Navy. (On his 20th anniversary, he'll still be younger than I am now!)
He's my youngest, and I'm very leery of turning loose of him - my other two can at least call or text me occasionally, even if they don't, but I know I'll hardly hear from this correspondence-disabled child until PIR, and only rarely afterward.
His enlistment has inspired his older sister to consider enlistment as well, although she's looking at the Air Force.
I'm glad to have found my way (thanks to his recruiter, Petty Officer Osorio) to NavyforMoms.com, and glad to have company on this adventure!