Enlistment Update II


Well it is time to catch you up on my son the Poolee.

This is the term the Marine Corps uses to define those that have enlisted but not yet left for basic training. Those that are working to prepare themselves for the next step, what lies ahead.

Since I last updated you, my son has been working two jobs, and going to PT (physical training) 4 times a week. This is necessary so the he will pass the rigid physical fitness exams prior to and during basic training.

All is going well. He has passed all of his exams so far but one, his run time. He continues to improve, but he is finding this to be a challenge.

He has made a major career decision since the last update. I was hoping and praying he would not choose a certain MOS (career field), and unfortunately that is exactly what he did. He choose Infantry, the most dangerous career field he could have possibly chosen. He will forever be on the front lines of any and all conflicts/wars we as a country are involved in.

Infantry Front Line Marines

Now, I had lunch with him a few days ago, and he explained his reasoning behind his career field choice. I understood, but as a mother it does not make accepting his choice any easier.

We are still looking at a ship date of February 2013. It will come sooner than I want it to.

Until then, we have a wonderful Christmas/New Year’s trip away scheduled to spend some quiet, quality time together, as a family before I turn my baby, my son over to the United States Marine Corps.

Semper Fi


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  1. Nicole says:

    Oh my heart aches for you as a fellow mother of young boys/ men, and it swells with pride too at your sons brave and honorable career choice. Thank you both in advance for your service to our sweet country.
    I’ve made it my silly little goal to stop by and follow/ say “hey” to every mom on our bloggy mom hop this month. It’s so sweet to be on this journey with you.

    If you’re up for a bit of a ride I’d love, love, love for you to join me at Local Sugar Hawaii where we’re riding the wave of life together, one adventure at a time. And this weekend we’re ringing in the new year together at An Aloha Affair. You can link up all of your creative work and share it with other sweet souls looking to make meaningful connections. Stop by anytime, you’re always welcome.

    Happy New Years to You and Yours.

  2. cynthia says:

    Yes, unfortunately that day will be here before we know it. I am dreading it and I will definitely need some shoulders. 🙁

  3. cynthia says:

    Nicole, it has been hard but he is doing something he has been called to do. It is hard to go through this again but, I know he is doing it for all the right reasons. I will be posting as he continues his journey. So, check-in and follow the recruit through basic and beyond. Thanks!

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