Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rough week

Well, it's been a rough one.
My son is trying to enlist in the Air Force, and we had a appointment with the recruiter today to go over his scores and have him fill out his wish list for what he wants to do when he is done with basic training.
We didn't make it very far into the appointment, when the recruiter brought up the subject of my sons medical history. Now, I have brought both my kids up to tell the truth, well that philosophy is not going to help my son much when it comes to enrolling in the military. We now have to get a slip of paper from the doctor stating that my son is okay to do basic training, because of a condition he came down with when he was a baby. When I have talked to people about this, I was asked, why didn't you lie about it. What kind of society are we bringing our kid up in where they have to lie to do things, you tell the truth up front, that way if something happens they can't say they didn't know about it.
He is perfectly fine now, he outgrew the symptoms when he was in elementary school, but because we put it in his records we now have to have a doctor say the same thing. I have been repeated told up to this point that it is our fault, according to them, you don't tell the truth when dealing with the military. This is the men and women who put their lives on the line for us, makes me wonder what they had to lie about to get to where they are now :\


  1. I am glad that you brought your son up to always tell the truth! You did the right thing! And he did the right thing! Sure, you're going to have to go through another step for him to be approved for basic training, but, honesty is the better way to go. He will be (and is) a better man for it. I don't know why people would say you should have just lied about it!!??!! It saddens me to think that there are so many people out there that would bend the truth or hide the truth just to get a little bit ahead. So, it makes me so glad that there are people like you and your son who are open and honest, even if it makes things a bit more difficult. =)
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  3. I think it is best to tell the truth too. I dated an Army recruiter for a while after college and he told me that they encourage lying about conditions that are no longer an issue too. Sad, but true.

  4. Good job telling the truth then youll always feel better about it and once the doctor says the same thing everything will be ok :)

  5. I am proud of you and your son for telling the truth.. Honesty is always the best policy!

  6. I think telling them the truth was the right thing to do. I hope the doctor will say it's fine. If the doctor okays it, you know the air force can't use his health as a reason for something in the future :)

  7. UniqueCozyTreasures- Kudoos to you for telling the truth!

  8. I know how frustrating this must be, but I am happy you chose to tell them the truth. "Be the change you wish to see in the world." If there were more people like you in the world, it would be a much much better place.

  9. He definitely shouldn't lie, if anything he should get a full physical just to make sure that he is safe to serve. Working with the military everyday I know the struggles and physical trials these guys are put through.

    I think it is great that he wants to serve and I am sure that he will do a fine job!