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This discussion thread is started as a place for the proud parents of our Marine Officers to connect and share!  Please post here and welcome your fellow parents of officers.

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I'll start as I am the proud "Otha Motha" of an active duty CWO2.  Who else do we have aboard???

Laura,

 

Good idea! 

I'm here, Laura...my son, the Captain...
Hello, this is Susan, mom of an active duty 2nd Lt just back from Afghanistan.

Hello Susan.

Glad you're here!

Hi Sandy and Susan!  Glad to have you with us.  Susan, a grateful welcome home to your 2nd Lt!!!

Hi gang,

Mom and Mil to Captains

Hey, Denise, I've missed you.  Hope your Captains are well.

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.

 

 

Pilates, we're very glad to have you join the ranks once again and have a place to land!  In my experience, the younger enlisted Marines needed a little more support (though they didn't know it) than the older ones in the officer ranks, but it just as likely has been due to age and assignments vs enlisted/officer differences.
In my case, I was the one (as a mom) who has needed the support of other Marine parents, more than my son the junior officer needing support. We don't have any family members who have served in the military more recently than WW2, and no close friends either, so the whole world of the Marines was new to me when my son announced he was going to try to get an ROTC scholarship. It's been a learning experience for all of us. That's why I am so glad I found Marine Parents!

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.

 

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