A friend of the family tells me her 17 year old son wants to join the army. He starts his senior year in high school this fall and wants to be a cop when he grows up. One way or another, he gets a hold of an army recruiter, or visa versa, and is promised that if he enlists to become an MP, they will promise that he won’t have to serve overseas. :rolleyes:
My first instinct was to track down this recruiter and do things to him or her that I am not allowed to describe on this message board. I served in the army for seven years and am fully aware of what goes on in the recruiting office.
My friend is a single mom. She can’t afford to send her son to college. He doesn’t want to be a financial strain on her. I can appreciate all of that. He’s a dumb kid under the illusion that he can prove his manhood by being a soldier. I know that they will chew him up and spit him out. If he makes it through boot camp and MP school, they will surely ship his skinny ass off to patrol or guard something far from the suburbia he’s known all of his life.
I asked her if she would like me to have a few words with the boy, man to man, father figuresque, former soldier to new recruit, and she was enthusiastic. His biological father has been long out of the picture and has had no contact in many years. She fears for her son’s safety but knows that in the end she can’t stop him.
I’ve decided to help her out. My question is whether I should take the kind and gentle approach, maybe take him to see F9/11 followed by a nice sit down I’ve-been-there-done-that speech or rip him a new asshole, in a fatherly way.
We have three kids, two of them sons. One is starting college this fall. I have experience with talking to kids.
I’d like to hear from the Teeming Millions any thoughts or advice you would like to offer. I you want to get nasty, I’ll follow you to The Pit. I have a date with him tomorrow night. The recruiter visits the following night.