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Boone or Baghdad?

Posted July 11, 2007

It has happened several times during the last few months. The phone rings at dinner time. I check the read out on the phone: United States Army. The cordial caller wants to speak to William, my son about a great opportunity for a career in the military.

I'm thinking: "Boone or Baghdad? Boone or Baghdad?"

The Army is still trying to convince Will to join the ranks. No doubt. He would make a fine soldier. He's a hard worker, loves his country, he's tall, smart and strong as an ox.

One of his best buddies enlisted nearly two years ago and has enjoyed the lifestyle despite some scary moments in Iraq.

But Will has his sights set on college. He'll become a freshman at Appalachian State University in August. As a parent I am very happy with his decision. If he wants to join the military one day that's fine. But right now I think Boone is a better choice than Baghdad.


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  • bleslie Jul 12, 2007

    Strolling Bones - congrats on the success of your son at Boone!
    Hey, I am intriqued by your name.

  • strolling bones Jul 12, 2007

    O before my pride gets the best of me...did I mention he made Dean's list after flucking out of another major university and going to community college....the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    But I do love saying he made Dean's

  • strolling bones Jul 12, 2007

    Hmmm Happy Appy is still well as university of of tweetsie etc. The litte appies are still happily climbing, skiing, drinking, river rafting..drinking...hiking...partying..watching football...drinking...they are still happy little a relatively safe place.

    All kidding aside ASU is a great school. I hope he does well there, have I mentioned my son made dean's list, have I?

  • 2xMom Jul 11, 2007

    Go_apps...The term "Happy Appy" has definately come and gone, but while it shows my age, I remember it fondly...:-)

  • ifonly Jul 11, 2007

    I am life long physically disabled. I wish I had the ability to have more options. I would have liked to been a photographer in the military.

  • Tinu Jul 11, 2007

    Boone! Boone! Boone! But, hey....I went to school there, so I may be a bit biased. ;-)

  • peace_of_mind Jul 11, 2007

    I have to agree with wheelman, everyone that is physically able should be required to spend at least 2 years in one of the armed forces. I served 4 years as an Infantryman in the Army and it was trully the best thing I could have ever done. I'm not agaisnt a young adult getting an education but I do feel that if they are considering the military all family members should support them. I know it's hard for a parent to admit but your own child is most likely no better than the ones who's kid has joined. I have been trying to convince mine to join for quite some time now but she wants nothing to do with it.

  • JerryO Jul 11, 2007

    Being in the military, even in peacetime, is, at best, a dangerous situation. Just look at the equipment these young people use every day. Thank God they get the best training available. Obviously, it is a lot more dangerous during wartime. I was in the Air Force during Viet Nam, although they never sent me over there. Those were some of the best days of my life. It's difficult to explain to people who have not served how the bond between you and your buddies grows every day. The discipline and the camraderie are things you can't get anywhere else. Still, the danger makes it a tough decision. There are strong arguments both ways. Good luck.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 11, 2007

    My son just graduated from high school as well. He has received many phone calls from recruiters. Lots of credit card aps too.

  • davidgnews Jul 11, 2007

    Boone !

    ps - recruiters aren't always truthful, either. Just read the 'disclaimer' at the end of the military sign-up forms that releases them from anything they said. fyi.




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