My niece recently joined the Navy – approximately six months ago. In her late 20’s, with no real direction in life, she enlisted. My father and his brothers all served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean conflict. I don’t know if that is why she chose the Navy, but I suspect it could have influenced her decision. Either way, I am very proud of her.
During the short time she has served, my niece has found a place and a purpose. Because she is a little older than most recruits, it took her a while to find friends. To her surprise, she appreciated the structure the Navy life provided. To quote her, she said, “It makes me feel safe.”
She has been in Spain for several months. My understanding was that her ship, a Destroyer, would return to the U.S. in May. But…
Yesterday my sister called.
Because of the recent U.S. military action taken against an Iranian general, my niece’s ship is being deployed to the Middle East.
She called my sister, and said, “Mommy, I am afraid.”
I’m sure she is not alone.
P.S. I am not interested in discussing the politics of this situation, so please do not rant in the comments about the President, our military, or our government – for or against. I care about my niece and the young men and women who serve our country. If you are a person who prays, my sister and my niece would greatly appreciate that.
Original Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert U.S. Navy Public Domain
(I cropped the original photo. Click on link to see original.)
If you are curious as to my category selections, I chose “Living on the Circumference” because I have no personal experience with the military. While my niece is in the thick of it, I am on the outside, looking in – so to speak. I chose “In the Center” because that is where my niece is – right in the middle of what is happening.