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Mom and Mil to Captains
I had two sons who were Marines. Both left for OCS and boot camp, respectively, in June 2002.
My oldest Marine is still active duty, and a Captain in an air combat unit, awaiting his third deployment. My youngest Marine, a sergeant, was discharged in 2006.
So having experienced both sides of the Marines, I have often wondered if the "needs" of officers are different than enlisted Marines? Although both needed encouragement, support, someone to listen, pats on the back, prayers, through boot camp, OCS, TBS, flight school, and deployments, it seemed that my youngest Marine needed more emotionally and mentally. Was it their ages when they enlisted? Was it the training they received?
I am glad Laura started this thread. Although I have been away from posting for a couple of years, I have stilled "lurked" around the threads reading posts. After my Sgt. Marine got out, I have couldn't find a place to "land" for an officer's mother.
Oh, I definitely needed support when both my sons enlisted within six months of each other. And then I read about Marine Parents from an article I read about Tracy and have been active/inactive for about seven years.
I guess I was just trying to see if anyone had the same experience as I did with my sons - especially with an officer.
A short story - we drove over 4 hours to bring my oldest son to Quantico for OCS. We thought this was going to be a "leisurely" family day akin to "move in day" in college. Boy, were we surprised when we drove onto Quantico, arrived at the designated area where my son was told to unload his bag, and we were told to leave. Boom, just like that. And a 4 1/2 hour drive back home.