My 20 yr old son joined the Marines. He was thinking about becoming a cop but I talked him out of it. He said that when he was a jr in high school, a Marine recruiter came to talk to the students, and it was always in the back of his mind to join. He told his dad & I that he "didn't want to be just another 'brick in the wall' and that he wanted to do something meaningful with his life.
He was suppose to leave for basic training on Nov 2. They moved up to 9/21. (next Monday) :- (
I am extremely proud and sad at the same time.