I am so incredibly proud that my son has chosen to join the United State Marine Corps. He enlisted on May 23rd just before graduation. He won't be shipping out until next spring after his braces come off. Between now and then he attends weekly PT sessions at his recruiting station and will participate in local charity events ran by the Marines. He will start working on his Associates Degree for two semesters before attending boot camp in Parris Island next summer. The current plans are for him to be a part of the Marine Reserves stationed locally until he finishes his degree then switch to a ROTC program while he earns his bachelors then eventually joining full-time as an officer. He plans to be a career officer then retire and start a second career in physical therapy. Those are what the plans look like for now.
I am wise enough to know that there are no guarantees when it comes to serving the military. What his recruiting officer and his current CO tell him can all change in a heartbeat. He current job will be to serve on the amphibious assault vehicles as a technician(?). Fortunately the Military Channel had a program on it that I was able to watch so I have an idea of what he'll be doing. FYI I didn't even know there was a Military Channel must less that we were subscribed to it. They really are kind of cool I have to admit.