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Accomplishing a Goal
Posted By: Rovina Billingslea 08-16-10
My son, Lawrence Terry, left for the Marine Corps on August 9, 2010. He had been in the Army 116th Band since before he graduated from High School. From the time he picked up his instrument in sixth grade he said he wanted to be in the Military Band in Washington, DC. Everything he has done has been geared toward that goal which is incredible since he is only 20 years old. He went to college while in the 116th Army Band in Ellenwood, GA, to improve on his musicianship skills. His stint in the Army Band was a wonderful learning experience. He had the opportunity to develop is his military and music skills. He focused methodically on his military career goals. He was offered both a position in the Commandant's Own Band in Washington, DC and the Navy Band. Of course, the Army wanted him to stay with them. He decided to go with the Marine Corps to be in the best band - The Commandant's Own much to my dismay because the Navy is a noncombat position as Ambassador and would not require boot camp again since he had already completed Army boot camp which would have been the case if he transitioned to a full-time Army Band. But, he said Mom, I have to go to the best - Marine Corps Commandant's Own Band. How can I stand in the way of his dream despite not wanting him to go through basic training again and being combat ready. But, it is going to be a trying time for everyone. He is scheduled to graduate on November 5, his wife and him are scheduled to have a baby on November 9, his birthday is November 11th. Apparently he get 10 days home after graduation then another 31/2 three-and-a-half weeks training. From there straight to Commandant's Own in Washington, DC but they travel for a month to Arizona for preparation for the new year. So, I am anticipating being estranged from him for quite a while. The only good thing is that I have experienced him going through boot camp before and he actually enjoyed the challenge. I think he may be better prepared then than first time recruits as he knows the system and he has great marksmanship - last shooting test only missed one so is an expert shooter. So, I trust that he will do well as he gives his all to be the best that he can possibly be. I think more than anything he is mentally and physically equipped for the challenges that lie ahead. I can only pray for his safety and courage to be his best.
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