Being a Military Mom myself on many levels, I am fortunate enough to know the drill, have a full understanding of the process and a few of the pro’s and cons of a High School graduate transitioning into the armed forces. Be it the Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Navy or Air Force, research and recruiters are reporting their enlistment numbers on the rise.
It has been asked time and time again, “Why would Johnny (or Jenny) join the military?” Don’t he/ she know how dangerous that is! They are killing them over there! Hey, and the all too familiar; “it’s not our war, why are we even over there… why are we involved?” The truth of the matter is, there has always been a war or some cause to fight over and America is seen as the “big Brother” to most countries outside of our realm.
Somehow the powers that be, feel like “we” should get them, before “they” get us. Plus after we win the fight and secure the premises, we have to maintain or help to maintain, that level of freedom. Not to mention that somewhere along the way I picked up a blanket that reads: “Freedom is not free!”
For a number of reasons, young people are graduating from High School or obtaining their GED’s (General Education Diploma) and transitioning into the armed forces. And no, they are not just impoverished minorities, getting out of a gang or running from the law in some facet. Middle class and honor students are joining the fight to represent what I fell is the best country on earth, “the United States of America!” Of course there are those who join that do make up a portion of the aforementioned societal offenders. But it all has a greater purpose and meaning in the larger scope of things.
I am a proud Military Mom of US Marine (USMC), a Navy (USN) Aunt an Army cousin and aunt. Also a dedicated volunteer to various military support organizations such as the USO (United Service Organization) Toys for Tots and Step Up to Soldiers. Hence knowing just enough about the “behind the scenes” activity to be considered knowledgeable. I can honestly tell you that the level of prayer has increased in my life alone, for “America’s Finest”, that is what I call these brave warriors who put themselves on the line over and over again.
Not knowing whether or not they will ever see this land again, their families or stay alive period! Deployments are heart wrenching for both, the deplorer and the supporters who show up to see them off. We manage strong hugs, light kisses and the promise that we will be here when they get back, after their tour of duty. And there is the star reality that some of them won’t make it back. None the less, they are fully aware of why they sign up and what they are in for… “The long haul!”
On a good note, these entrants increase their economic survival for themselves and their families as well. They are assured a paycheck on the 1st and the 15th of each month, health insurance, dental and a myriad of other benefits too. The bonding and camaraderie shared with fellow members of their unit applies a tighter sense of community and shared responsibility for something other than themselves at best.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to say “Thank you” to our uniformed heroes (in or out of uniform) whenever or wherever you see them. No matter what branch of service they are in, whether they are active duty or an esteemed veteran.. Just say thank you. To be honest with you, that is all they expect for fighting for our collective rights and serving their country overall. –DAC-