My mom is a long story. But, to give you the basic blueprint...
I was headed to college..and had full intentions of supporting myself (this was Ca State system - very cheap back then - like 400.00 a semester, if I remember right.). Anyway, my mom (And this is typical her) says one day: "no daughter of mine is going to wait tables. I’ll pay for your college". Welp..knowing my mother..I should have known better…but still….
And, of course, the inevitable happended -we got into an argument And she did what I knew she would – the first words out of her mouth were: "Fine! You can pay for your own dammed college". It pissed me off soooo much, I headed straight to the recruiters office - and signed up "Delayed Entry" at 17. Both to pay for college, but also to “show her!” Hmpt!. At the time, they were recruiting hard for HS grads (you didn’t need to be one then) w/ commercials that promised to help pay for college, with just a 24 month commitment. Of course, I didn’t realize at the time, but 24 months only came with crappy MOS’s. I ended up in Field Artilleray…guarding nukes for (and here’s the clincher – signed up an additional year for a measly $1,000.00 buck bonus! Boy..did they see me coming!!) 3 years That last year really sucked. They talked long and hard to convince me to take that additional year (more college money, the bonus, and I could continue taking the college classes on base for free)…and boy…did that year drag! It was 24 hours on/24 hours off..for 3 years!!! Oh..the best part of this whole story is how the recruitor told me that "with my high scores" I could get into something important like Nuclear Weapons. Hah! Do I deserve to live?? What a line!! It was freak'in guard duty - and all we ever learned was how to blow the weapons, and ourselves, up if the enemy ever go tto close! Stuck in those airport-type silos..not even a chance to run!!!
The saddest part…I came back…and only went to State for about a year (decided to take a semester off, and never when back). “ppfffttt*