Originally Posted by Pak@
My plan is to try to join the Marines/Army after highschool, but my parents dont like the idea. They keep trying to discourage me any way they can. Recently my parents told me that the military will not accept anyone with ADD or ADHD.
Is this true, or are my parents making up crazy stories to keep me out of the military. Please answer me. I really want to join.
Heres the raw deal.
Good for you for wanting to serve your country. It takes some measure of courage to sign a contract that removes your freedom for the preservation of others, especially during a time of war.
Your parents are just that, your parents. They will do what they think is best for you, and parental instincts go against sending their children to war. My parents said the same thing. It does take time and effort to explain to them that you arent doing this spur of the moment, or on some whim after playing Battlefield 2.
Should they not be willing to understand, its still your choice. You need to realize that they are your parents, not the ones in charge of your life. YOU are the one that will sit back and look at your actions in the past when you are old and grey, not them. Before you can tell them that, you need to make sure you understand it yourself. Keep in mind that they are still your parents and have raised you since birth, instilled the sense of duty that drives you to join, and kept you fed, clothed, and alive to this point. Be respectful of them and their feelings, but dont allow them to live vicariously through you.
My parents asked me to promise to try college before going into the service, and honestly, I think it was one of the best choices I could have made. It gives you a taste of that life and a chance to enjoy being a civilian for a while. Enjoy your life before you grow up. Get out and enjoy what you like, learn something about the world around you, and get a handle on who you are before you sign up. It will pay off in the long run.
Hope that helps. Good luck to you.