Plan C

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Mom_of_many, May 27, 2019.

  1. Mom_of_many

    Mom_of_many Member

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    After receiving the TWE in April, our DS has spent endless hours in thought and prayer. On Thursday he will swear-in with the Army and plans to become a combat medic. I have already heard the criticism or the "oh" response so I wanted to post where his service will be valued. We are so proud of him and the many who serve, enlisted and officers.
     
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    The 'oh' responses come from a place of ignorance and misinformation. Remember that and you won't be bothered by them.
    As a combat medic, he will be a life savcr for many. Perhaps even a life saver to my son who plans to branch Infantry and will likely see combat. (He is currently at WP.)
    I wish him well.
     
  3. kpmom2013

    kpmom2013 10-Year Member

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    Our eldest son opted to postpone college and enlist in the Navy to become a combat corpsman. He is now a Marine Raider, has been on many vital missions, and has saved lives all over the world. When he first enlisted, we also got more than our fill of stupid comments from ignorant people. "He's so smart, you must be so disappointed!" We learned to ignore those people pretty quickly. It is an extremely difficult career field that will challenge your DS both mentally and physically in ways that you and he are only beginning to understand. If he makes it through 18 Delta training, it will be quite an accomplishment. Thank you for raising a DS who is willing to serve. You should be very proud.
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    The Army and his future patients will be lucky to have him. He will be able to take advantage of many educational opportunities to complete his Bachelor’s and other degrees.

    Who knows - many of the military health care doctors and nurses I met over the years were former enlisted medics and Navy corpsmen.

    The husband of my best college friend, and she herself is a doctor, started out as a Navy corpsman. He used Tuition Assistance to get his BSN. He got out of the Navy, started out in a hospital ER, and had no problem getting hired due to his Navy background. He has gone on to earn his MS in Emergency Medicine Management, became the Director of a hospital ER and now oversees the administration of a regional hospital group’s numerous ERs and Trauma Centers. He actively hires veteran medics and corpsmen and is very proud of his time in the Navy.

    I have also met many USUHS med school grads who had gotten their Bachelor’s in a variety of ways, then applied to the military med school.

    His work will be valued by those he serves and in some cases, saves. Thank him from me for taking this path, I salute him.
     
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    honorable career field in itself can lead to many places including service academy
     
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    Soldiergriz Husband, Dad, Soldier

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    Your son will undoubtedly fulfill his full potential. Many, many paths for him to achieve his goals...this is simply the first step. Well done.
     
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    All I can say is "Wow" --and I mean that in the most respectful and humble way-- takes a lot of maturity and grit for your son to want the Academy and then unfortunately not get in and going enlisted. He makes me very proud to hear this and look around and see many kids undecided about their futures and don't have enough heart to serve their country. Its not for everyone but for the few who decide to serve their country in any branch - it makes many -- proud to hear. Especially on this day - Memorial Day-- to read about your son-- he will have great opportunities ahead of him and it will be interesting to hear what he accomplishes in the future-- Good Luck to him and your family..
     
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  8. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Congrats to your DS and best of luck. Please tell him thank you for his dedication to service. A young man of his caliber will stand out amongst his peers and do great things. The military is a weird and winding road often. If a SA is what he wants in the end... never know where he could be in 2-3 years.
     
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    Mad respect for your DS. BIG TIME.

     
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    The crowd roars! God Bless your son and 18D. It will take every bit of his skill, intelligence, and courage to crush the program and all that comes after.

    Count this American 100% in his corner. That is truly God’s work. Good job mama, you raised a great one!
     
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    Mom -- Have him explore the path to gain entry into an SA from being an enlisted member. Also, there are ways to get a degree from the Senior Military Colleges (I know VMI has such a program for sure) where the USMC or Army enlisted member goes to college for a year, then deploys for a year, goes to college for a year, deploys for a year . . . and repeats until the 4 year degree is earned. There are many paths . . . he has chosen a noble and honorable one . . . you should be proud . . .
     
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    When my DS talked his close friends that he wants to serve this great country, all said “Are you crazy?.....it’s dangerous....tough...blah...blah...blah...”

    My DS’ friends are smart so most of them would go to prestigious colleges.
    However, my DS said “Dad, I was very calm and smiling when I saw their reactions because, no matter what, my big picture is bigger than theirs, and it’s great honor!”

    OP’s DS must have the same big picture from the bottom of his heart, i.e., serving the country.

    As justdoi19 said, mad respect for your DS!

    I am sure that he will be thriving greatly since he has Passion and the Big Picture.

    I take my hat off to OP’ DS!
     
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  13. DDmom

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    So proud of your DS for knowing how he wants to serve! I hope that after a couple years if he is still interested he will considering applying as prior service. My daughter just finished her plebe year at USMA and has made several great friends that are prior service. It is amazing how important the prior service recruits are to their company mates, helping and guiding them through army protocols. God bless your DS!
     
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    Congrats and God Bless! It's all a journey, and your DS has chosen the starting path for his...
     
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    Not to go off subject, but I was curious what plan B was?
     
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    It does not take being an Officer to have Honor, Duty, Country and serve with distinction. Being a Combat Medic is probably more difficult than being a Commissioned Officer (and I know I will get flak for this), but they go places and see things that most members of the military never do or see. They save many lives and risk their life every time they go out, so for anyone who bad mouths your DS's choice shame on them, they are shallow, unknowing people who likely don't understand the complete mission. There will be many career paths open to him in the future....Please thank him in advance for his Service!!!
     
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  17. Mom_of_many

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    ROTC at A&M. I missed a deadline for paperwork for fall admission. As a home educator I am also school administrator so it was solely my error. He has graciously moved on.
     
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    Thank you! I will!
     
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    Now that he's on a new path he's excited to explore all the options.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement! I have really enjoyed the forums. I love getting a glimpse of the defenders of our nation and their families.
     
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