DS20 is in the military, scheduled to get out in less than a year. Today he calls and tells me they are begging him to re-enlist and are dangling a rather hefty bonus and choice of duty stations. There are even different divisions fighting over who will get him, with each trying to up the ante. He was planning to get out after his enlistment was up, especially after just returning from Afghanistan.
I am proud as a peacock with the strong, honorable young man he has become, and proud that he has risen so high in his commander's esteem that they are begging him to re-enlist (knowing they are under orders to reduce their numbers overall). I have told him as well. Yet with all the unrest in the world the thought of him staying in gives me a very heavy heart. OK, understatement. It scares the crap out if me and I just got over the Afghanistan (right on the Pakistan border) deployment. I will never share my fear with him and will support his choice, but damn it is hard!
He has several meetings next week where he will find out the details of the bidding wars and will decide after that.
My sweet baby boy has grown into an exceptional young man, but I am just as worried about him now as I was when he was a little boy...