My daughter is scheduled to head to GL in early July. She recently had a bout of the doubts about the whole process. But a frank discussion with her NC1 and myself seem to have calmed her nerves. She's worried about loosing friends, missing out on summer fun before she heads out, and all those youthful things. Plus she'll turn 18 during bootcamp. I'm sure many parents have been through similar experiences with their "Future sailor". I don't want to over do it in reassuring her, as it seems she's ready to go again. I fully support her choice in the USN, and can't think of a brighter future for her. Is there anyone out there whose "Future sailor" stared questioning their decision, who might offer some advice on how to continue giving support without being overbearing?
Think the majority of sailors at sometime have doubts that they'll be able to handle it. At her age it is a big step into being an adult....but in the end she makes the journey and your job is to be there, to listen and to gently guide her into making the right choices. The important thing that you have realized is not to be overbearing and not to let her feel like you've pushed her into something. Clearly you've done a good job! Be there for her and draw her into opening up about the doubts and fears she has.....remember guys want answers and gals want someone to listen and understand....keep at it!