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2006-03-12 Home Front: WoT
Ex-NFL Lineman Follows in Tillman's Footsteps
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Posted by Steve White 2006-03-12 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [297 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Good on ya Staat! Take your training to heart, it will keep you alive.
Posted by 49 Pan 2006-03-12 13:05||   2006-03-12 13:05|| Front Page Top

#2 My son enlisted in the Army yesterday - Mil Intel (anothr Fred Pruitt in the making - with more hair). 5 yrs in - still wished he'd gone to college first. :-(
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2006-03-12 16:07||   2006-03-12 16:07|| Front Page Top

#3 No worries Frank. I went to college after my first tour with the 82d. A little older, a lot more mature, and more willing to challenge the profs. I think I got more from school at 22 than I would have at 18. Oh ya, and the Army paid for it, not my parennts.
Posted by 49 Pan 2006-03-12 16:45||   2006-03-12 16:45|| Front Page Top

#4 thanks - that's my fallback position. I'll support him in whatever he does, of course. Hope he likes Ft Sill OK LOL
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2006-03-12 16:49||   2006-03-12 16:49|| Front Page Top

#5 There is a certain irony to it, Frank G.

Most kids going straight from HS to college could use a dose of reality first, so they appreciate the opportunity and don't just keep on doing what they've been doing - chasing skirts and playing games. It's just extended HS, only with far less supervision and (probably) more disposable income to get into far bigger trouble.

I had a rule with mine: you have to work and support yourself for a year before college - or sugar daddy won't be there. Unlike many fine plans, this one worked beautifully. LOL.

Your son is demonstrating that he's already mature enough to want to do something significant, challenging, something that tempers his youthful side and builds character. By making his choice he's demonstrated that he's already smart enough to see all that now - and doesn't need the tempering to take the opportunity seriously. That's irony, lol.

Good man ya got there, Frank - definitely someone to be proud of.
Posted by Cloth Snatch4013 2006-03-12 17:14||   2006-03-12 17:14|| Front Page Top

#6 I am - believe me. I asked him when this desire hit him (he's kept it pretty well hidden) - he said on 9/11/01
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2006-03-12 17:17||   2006-03-12 17:17|| Front Page Top

#7 I've been pushin troops for the last 20 years, first as an NCO and as an officer. Your son is part of a generation of kids that have got their shit together better than any generation in the last 25 years. They are realists, logical, and exceptionally smart. They know there is more to being a soldier than killing and blowing things up, and they are learning how to build nations. If there was ever a generation of young Americans to plant our future hopes on these kids are it.
Posted by 49 Pan">49 Pan  2006-03-12 20:12||   2006-03-12 20:12|| Front Page Top

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