Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:08 AM
engatwork's Avatar
busy
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 12,583
My youngest son is trying to get into the Army Infantry

He graduated from HS last year and I have been encouraging him to join so he has been in the process of signed up/getting admitted. I think that it will do him some good and help him grow up and feel that he is going to make a good soldier. He needs to get out/away from the environment that he is currently living in.

__________________
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:10 AM
cscmc1's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central IL
Posts: 2,782
The military can sure be good for some people, but I'd warn that he has to really want to do this HIMSELF if he's going to get anything out of it. People who are pressured into enlisting are generally miserable. In any case, hope he enjoys his enlistment!
__________________
1992 300D 2.5T
1980 Euro 300D (sadly, sold)
1998 Jetta TDI, 132K "Rudy"
1974 Triumph TR6
1999 Saab 9-5 wagon (wife's)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:11 AM
TX76513's Avatar
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Brandon, Mississippi
Posts: 5,203
Its all good - 2 of my 3 were gaurd and went over to the sandbox for 15 months. If you can, coaching into a good carrier path (MOS) is very helpfull iso where the recruiter needs people.
__________________
BENZ THERE DONE THAThttp://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/...c/progress.gif
15 VW Passat TDI
00 E420
98 E300 DT
97 E420 Donor Car - NEED PARTS? PM ME!
97 S500
97 E300D
86 Holden Jackaroo Turbo D
86 300SDL
(o\|/o)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:13 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 207
Good for him. I did the same thing and it helped me out a lot, plus I got money for college when I got out. You don't have to try to get in the infantry though- unless you are just brain dead, in which case you go into the field artillery! Best of luck!
__________________
1984 300TD 1981 240D
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:15 AM
layback40's Avatar
Not Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Victoria Australia - down under!!
Posts: 4,023
I guess its fair to say that you have the best wishes of us all on this one Jim!!
If he is anything like his father appears to be, he will grab the bull by the horns & not look back !!!
__________________
Grumpy Old Diesel Owners Club group

I no longer question authority, I annoy authority. More effect, less effort....

1967 230-6 auto parts car. rust bucket.
1980 300D now parts car 800k miles
1984 300D 500k miles
1987 250td 160k miles English import
2001 jeep turbo diesel 130k miles
1998 jeep tdi ~ followed me home. Needs a turbo.
1968 Ford F750 truck. 6-354 diesel conversion.
Other toys ~J.D.,Cat & GM ~ mainly earth moving
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:21 AM
TwitchKitty's Avatar
Я не хакер
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Varies
Posts: 4,140
That is about what I was going to say. If he is kindof a jock he may love it. Trouble is everywhere for those who are looking, the Army might not help there. Consider the other end of the spectrum if it may be a better fit. An apprenticeship on a farm may accomplish the same thing. Flying lessons and a job to pay for them could work. What interests both of you that you could involve him in if he stays home? Raise the bar higher than you are thinking, challenge him with his own interests.

Make sure you really understand the difference between punishment and discipline. Teens can easily trap you with their emotional, hormone driven mentality. If you get angry and emotional you lose every time.

It usually takes money to really make trouble, redirect.
__________________
Don't believe everything you think. Especially don't believe everything that you feel. Radical Subjectivism is rampant on this forum.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:46 AM
waterboarding w/medmech
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Coming to your hometown
Posts: 7,987
As a former officer of Infantry, he is making the right choice. If he likes a challenge, and enjoys tradition, he will enjoy the Queen of Battle.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:05 AM
engatwork's Avatar
busy
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Soperton, Ga. USA
Posts: 12,583
It is something he wants to do and he is looking at the big picture - obtaining college funding in the future.
Thanks everybody.
__________________
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:12 AM
cscmc1's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central IL
Posts: 2,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by engatwork View Post
It is something he wants to do and he is looking at the big picture - obtaining college funding in the future.
Thanks everybody.
Glad to hear that. The military is a great opportunity for those who want a challenge. The beauty of it is that he'll serve under a few different "bosses," and if he shows initiative, someone will take note, and can make good things happen. All it takes is one person to recognize his potential; who knows, maybe OCS is in his future, and a career may follow.
__________________
1992 300D 2.5T
1980 Euro 300D (sadly, sold)
1998 Jetta TDI, 132K "Rudy"
1974 Triumph TR6
1999 Saab 9-5 wagon (wife's)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:33 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 4,727
Not infantry. Go artillery. Better schooling and less ground pounding. I wouldn't suggest "cannon cockers" but they have a number of support services attached to them. Communications, maintenance, surveyors, etc. It's much more likely to develop into a career if desired.

The infantry walks, the artillery rides!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:36 AM
cscmc1's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central IL
Posts: 2,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike D View Post
Not infantry. Go artillery. Better schooling and less ground pounding. I wouldn't suggest "cannon cockers" but they have a number of support services attached to them. Communications, maintenance, surveyors, etc. It's much more likely to develop into a career if desired.

The infantry walks, the artillery rides!
Or just go Air Force -- carpeted rooms with A/C and cable TV everywhere we go. OK, *almost* everywhere.
__________________
1992 300D 2.5T
1980 Euro 300D (sadly, sold)
1998 Jetta TDI, 132K "Rudy"
1974 Triumph TR6
1999 Saab 9-5 wagon (wife's)
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:47 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Phoenix Arizona. Ex Durban R.S.A.
Posts: 3,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by engatwork View Post
It is something he wants to do and he is looking at the big picture - obtaining college funding in the future.
Thanks everybody.
If he really genuinely wants to be an infantryman then I think that's what he must do. But if his "big picture" is simply getting college funding for the future then surely there must be better ways than getting your ass shot off in some third world fleapit.

- Peter
__________________
81 240D stick. 316000 miles at purchase. 342000 now
2000 GMC Sonoma
Formerly...
2002 Kia Rio. Worst crap on four wheels
1981 240D 4spd stick. 389000 miles. Deceased Jan 08
1984 123 200
1979 116 280S
1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1971 108 280S
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-29-2011, 11:46 AM
lutzTD's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lutz, Florida (N of Tampa)
Posts: 2,458
Quote:
Originally Posted by cscmc1 View Post
Or just go Air Force -- carpeted rooms with A/C and cable TV everywhere we go. OK, *almost* everywhere.

he dont want to be no "airman" he wants infantry, all the others is just helpers
__________________

1982 300CD Turbo (Otis, "ups & downs") parts for sale
2003 TJ with Hemi (to go anywhere, quickly) sold
2001 Excursion Powerstroke (to go dependably)
1970 Mustang 428SCJ (to go fast)
1962 Corvette LS1 (to go in style)
2001 Schwinn Grape Krate 10spd (if all else fails)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-29-2011, 11:54 AM
The Clk Man's Avatar
Saved By Grace
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Heaven Bound
Posts: 123
Be careful my friend. My war hero son joined for the college money. He was at college one week and they called him up. The military refused to pay for his college because he didn't finish the semester. He didn't finish the semester because he was in Afghanistan. Be careful PLEASE.
__________________
For the Saved, this world is the worst it will ever get.
For the unSaved, this world is the best it will ever get.

Clk's Ebay Stuff BUY SOMETHING NOW!!!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-29-2011, 12:01 PM
cscmc1's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central IL
Posts: 2,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by lutzTD View Post
he dont want to be no "airman" he wants infantry, all the others is just helpers
Airpower is a mighty thing.

As I've always said, my hat's off to the boots on the ground guys. I'm too old for that business, but appreciate the sacrifices those fellows make. When I was in Kyrgyzstan a couple of years ago, we were having a beer at the little club there, and a Marine started giving one of our guys all kinds of grief. To be fair, his buddies told him to knock it off, but he kept at it. His NCOIC (or someone of rank, anyway) slapped the side of his head and asked if he liked having air support while he was in A-stan. When he replied in the positive, his boss said "then **** the f*** up."

I like what I do. I'm not even remotely burnt out on it, and have been at it for 11 years now. Can't say I'd be able to 11 years of infantry, but I sure as hell appreciate those who do (and have)!

__________________
1992 300D 2.5T
1980 Euro 300D (sadly, sold)
1998 Jetta TDI, 132K "Rudy"
1974 Triumph TR6
1999 Saab 9-5 wagon (wife's)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page