I'm the last one to give advise, but sounds like me. I had full athletic scholarships for two universities and three state colleges. There was some serious home problems with a step father who had problems keeping his word. Grades were above average, but very high rated scholastic rated school. It reached a point where I needed to have some stability and definite plans in my life that was not getting from home. At 17, joined the Marines. I was placed in an active Reserve Rifle Company until I could graduate from high school the following June. June 10th after HS graduation I headed for MCRD San Diego for 13 weeks of Boot. Graduated without problems 2nd high Expert Shooter in the series, promoted to PFC. Sent to Camp Pendleton. Ca. for a month of Individual Combat Training, followed by a month of Advanced Combat Training. Leave with a return to Recon assignment of schools for basic Army Jump and Navy basic or BUD before assigned back to Pendleton. Recon After serving Marine duty I was able to break into working for the fire service where I earned a degree in Fire Science and work various steps from a county fire department, to a city, to Federal, and retirement. It's kind of up to what your daughter has in her as to what direction she is going to take...Sooner or later she will walk her own path, make her own gains, and yep even make her own mistakes. Hopeful the last won't be many, but it sounds like she will come out of it with all kinds of character she earned. I realize it's going to be hard to let go!My kids are by far the most important things in my life...
My Daughter... oh my Daughter..
She is absolutely beautiful, just turned 18(born on THE 9/11) she is a senior in High School, Captain of the Color Guard/Drill/dance team, straight As, and has rare determination...and with that comes an extreme stubbornness.
The day she turned 18 she registered to vote, and made a list of everything she needed to do to be a responsible adult and get ready for college.
She plans on attending Central next fall to study nutrition... has already taken her SATs, and is taking some classes at the community college next term to get a head start. she knows things are tight for us, and she figured she would take it upon herself to find a way to pay for college on her own,and sat down with the National Guard recruiter at school a couple weeks ago. He laid out all the benefits, which of course were exactly what she was looking for, and long story short... she took the ASVAB. She was hoping to get over 70... but scored in the high 80s... of course this made her even more excited to join, because she now qualified for any job she wanted... but ultimately she landed on parachute rigger so she can jump out of airplanes on the weekends to offset the boring nutrition related courses she’ll be taking for the next couple years.(definitely my kid!)
Her new goal is to “become 150lbs of dont f*** with me” and she figures going through boot camp will help achieve that.
I am VERY proud of her and support her 100%, but can’t help but wonder if this is the best path for her...
on one hand she, nor I, will have to worry about paying for her school... but it’s a 3 year commitment with the possibility of getting called to serve if war happens.
So by the time her 3 years is up... she’ll have her associates degree, and at that point she can decide if she wants to peruse the exciting field of nutrition, or re-enlist and use that high asvab score to go into a field that would line up with one of the 3 letter agencies as an intelligence agent....a second option if she decides nutrition/dietician isn’t for her.
So ya... proud and terrified!