Whether you were drafted into the military or you enlisted voluntarily, it likely affected more than just you.
I found out a few years ago that my mother called the First Sergeant of my National Guard unit and ranted and raved on the phone for an hour and a half to him how I had no business leaving for Basic Training in a few days, how he needed to stop the paperwork, how I would regret it, and more. I had no idea this is how my mom felt! And likely how my father felt, too. Like many, many other times though my mom put on her brave, supportive face and smiled as we said goodbye at the airport.
Her many letters when I was gone continued to be supportive, even in my worst days at Boot Camp, which for this mama's girl and non-athlete, were tough.
I think about all of you who were married when you enlisted or drafted, or got married right before you left for training. I know of a young couple who were just married last summer, days before he left for his Air Force duty station in Delaware. She did get to come with him, but what a life change for the two of them! Or those of you whose absence caused a severe hardship on the farm. Without your daily help, things were beyond difficult for mom and dad.
Did your parents and loved ones support you enlisting into the military?