Please help me. I have a 24-year-old son who is thinking of joining the Marines. We both want to know what it would be like. Neither he nor I trust what a recruiting officer would tell him, and I'm not really sure I would trust official websites too much.
Here's his situation in a nutshell:
- splitting up from his baby mama; they have a 4-year-old son
- needs to declare bankruptcy;
- is a hard worker, but has a temper
- does not do drugs, rarely drinks, likes to drive fast (crazy, I call it)
- is healthy
- wants to join to fix his problems and also earn a living;
- would like to be a gun smith - don't know if that's possible as a Marine
- does not have a college degree
- is a surgical tech in a hospital (I suggested he become a medic)
- has a CHL and enjoys guns.
I have two main concerns:
- he is not at all religious, and I hear that some of the services have a *real* problem with terrible proselytizing, and punishments for not being *warriors for god*. I don't want him cleaning latrines for 4 or 8 years because someone doesn't like his lack of religion.
- he is a sensitive soul. Don't friggin' laugh, ok? When he was in junior high he came to me in my room and said "Mom, when other people hurt, I hurt too."
Is the Corp going to destroy him?
If not, what is your guess as to his chances of making a success of this?
Are there other places he can go for real information?
Please be honest!
A worried mom