Commissioning just weeks away....

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  1. k2rider

    k2rider Member

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    So the looooonnnggggg road has nearly come to fruition. From the arduous application process to getting the scholarship offer, dealing with the stress of waiting for a medical waiver, then having to drop out of ROTC for a semester to re-hab from knee surgery. Add (4) years early morning PT including being part of Ranger Challenge on top of working her tail off to maintain a 3.5 GPA in a very challenging major in order to achieve the active duty slot she wanted :thumb:

    Now, I (yes, I said *I*) and a short (4) weeks away from attending my daughters commissioning ceremony on what just may turn out to be the happiest day of my life. No doubt the proudest as a father. As the son of a lifelong, retired marine captain, not doing a stint in the military is one of my few regrets in life...even after working in law enforcement the last 29 years. Seeing both my kids participate in ROTC is very rewarding. :big grin: To top it all off, I'll get to repeat this process (2) years down the road when my son commissions as well.

    Realizing that it's our awesome off-spring that deserve the real credit, I want to congratulate all the parents who are on this path to commissioning as well. I hope you enjoy the upcoming commissioning experience as much as I know I will.
     
  2. 2018Class

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    Congratulations to your daughter. No doubt that will be a very proud moment for you. As her father, you deserve some credit too. We are just beginning the journey and hoping for a medical waiver, so the day of commissioning seems like a hundred years away.

    I wish her a successful career in the military.
     
  3. ERAUMattmom

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    Now that the day is almost here, does it seem like the time went by in a wink of an eye....or does it feel like it took forever?
     
  4. EDelahanty

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    Great post. Does she have her silver dollar?
     
  5. NorwichDad

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    Congrats to you and to all the other grads and families as May approaches.
     
  6. cajuncarrier

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    Congrats to your family. DS had his first military ball last night. He had a blast and was thoroughly impressed with everyone there. I can't imagine the feelings that you are going through now and in a couple of weeks. major accomplishment for DD and the parents!!! Please let us know how the commissioning ceremony goes..
     
  7. k2rider

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    She has told us about the need to acquire it but I'm not sure if she has has done so yet. If I understand the process correctly, he Grandfather will read her the oath and her Air Force E-7 cousin will be her 1st salute.
     
  8. k2rider

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    Definitely not in the wink of an eye due to all the bumps in the road but not forever either....:yllol:
     
  9. mariner116

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    Also feeling like K2. However, we're waiting until mid-June for graduation and commissioning. Our DD's have followed similar paths...mine also missed a quarter due to knee injury incurred at LDAC.
     
  10. Pima

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    Congrats on the commissioning, Thank her for defending this great nation.

    That is the process, or at least it was for our DS
     
  11. EDelahanty

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    I'm beginning to have serious concerns about the commissioning ceremony, particularly if a certain worrisome trend persists.

    Usually I can make it to the next to last scene in Field of Dreams before I start blubbering. But last Saturday I found myself nearly heaving a sob as soon as Kevin Costner's voice came on in the opening scene. The family already refuses to watch the movie with me. Now I'm wondering if they may bar me from attending the ceremony with them and make me watch it on video at a remote location.
     
  12. Pima

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    :yllol:

    I was like that before the commissioning, just imagining it made the tears flow. However on that day I was able to hold them back. My shoulders were shuddering because I wasn't holding them back though, yet I kept the tears back. Plus, for me I only cried at the private commissionning since Bullet was commissioning, it was the image of the sword being passed from father to son that got me. The public one I was just beaming,
     
  13. cjs

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    Congratulations!

    It's so very hard to believe that it's been 4 years and we are so close to the commissioning. Friday May 2nd is the day for my son.

    My son has chosen both his father and I to pin his bars on and I have no clue as to how I will get through it without losing it!
     
  14. Jcleppe

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    Congratulations to all those with son's and daughters about to commission.

    Still remember our first son's AROTC Commissioning, it was a very proud moment when we pinned on those bars. We got to go through it again when we pinned on his wings, glad we saved some tissues from the first time.

    One more year til the second son commissions, we're saving the tissues again.

    Have a great day and take lots of pictures.
     
  15. k2rider

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    Ha...I forgot about the bars. :eek: My wife and I are handling that assignment. You'd think that is the one I would remember :yllol: May 2nd for us as well cjs!!

    As far as breaking down, my wife will be crying before the cadets come in the room. She was the same way at our wedding. I expect to lose it when my DD is reciting the oath. I get emotional just thinking about it.
     
  16. Romad

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    I feel bad for my son since he's a 5 year programmer and almost all of his cohort are 4 year students. He'll have to see his best friends go out there into Big Blue and know he's possibly got up to another 3 years to join them if he is approved for a follow-on AFIT slot after graduating... Well - better to get it out of the way now...

    :biggrin:
     
  17. Ohio2015Parent

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    Just reading your posts (and the others on the thread) was enough to get me going and my DS is an MSIII so its still a year away......:rolleyes: Guess I'll just let the tears run when/if I get to pin anything on him again (got to pin the Eagle Scout on a few years ago...yep, there were tears:smile:)

    CONGRATS to all the families getting ready to celebrate graduation and commissioning:thumb:
     
  18. The OC Josh

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    We had a few graduates come back for the commissioning of one of their peers so maybe your DS will be pleasantly surprised come commissioning day
     

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