My son John joined the Army during OIF. He was attending PSU at the time. He was doing well there, but decided to enlist in the Army. We weren't surprised. John had been talking to military recruiters since he was 14 years old.
He is currently deployed in Iraq near Tikrit. I am 100% okay with that 99.99% of the time, because I respect him and his choice. But 0.01% of the time I feel like I can't breathe. Today is that 0.01%.