Joining the Ranks of Army Moms
Yes…you read that right! I have joined the ranks of Army Moms and am excited to share about the process of having a daughter in the military! I come from a long line of soldiers in my family, including my Grandpa who served in the US Navy, my Dad who served in the US Marines and my husband who served in the US Army. Our daughter also has an Uncle who is currently serving in the US Navy. For years, whenever I’ve seen our members of the military in their uniforms or wearing hats that show what branch they’ve served in, I’ve made an effort to thank them for their service. I honestly never imagined one of our own children becoming one of those very soldiers, but I am proud that our daughter has made the decision to join the Army and make it possible for us to continue enjoying the freedoms and blessings we have in America.
Our oldest daughter learned about the Army from recruiters visiting her high school during her senior year and made the decision that she wanted to enlist in the Army. She didn’t feel ready for college yet, but wanted to be a part of something that made a difference. She expressed interest in joining the Army to her dad and myself and I was a little surprised because I never even considered our kids joining the military. I had been preparing them for college and this was was something I didn’t know very much about. After doing some research and learning more about the Army and the process, as well as why she wanted to join, I felt confident that she could do this and am very proud of her!
In the upcoming blog posts, I will be sharing about our experience with our daughter in the Army, as well as other Army Mom topics. There is a lot I’m learning about and will be sharing as I’m sure there are other Army Moms (or Dads) out there in the same boat as me – not really knowing much about the Army and process. A big thank you goes out to the Veterans and all of those actively serving in the military.
Here are few things you might not know that I have learned so far.
Preparing for ASVAB. The ASVAB is the written test that is taken to determine eligibility and what jobs are available. It is important to score as high as possible to get the most opportunities. We found that ASVAB flash cards were very beneficial for our daughter.
What is MOS? Military Occupational Specialty is the job your child will choose based on their ASVAB scores and availability.
What is DEP? DEP is the Delayed Entry Program (also known as Delayed Enlistment Program) and is what your child will be in until they leave for Basic Training.
What will my child be doing until they leave for basic training? Many recruiting stations encourage group physical training (PT) and have weekly meetings for PT and other things they will go over with them.
What is MEPS? MEPS is the Military Entrance and Processing Station. This is where your child will go to process into the military. I will go into more detail about this process in an upcoming post.
Packing for shipping out. What your child needs to take with her or him to basic training.
What happens when they leave for basic training? Shuttle, hotel, MEPS, airport, shuttle, reception battalion, first phone call, processing, second phone call, basic training.
I’m looking forward to sharing about being an Army Mom. I will go into each of these topics further in future blog posts.