My son is a recent graduate from MCRD Parris Island, SC; and the change in him was nothing short of amazing- it left me speechless. My baby has grown into more than just a man...he is one of THE FEW-THE PROUD- he is a United States Marine! I am a single mother and was worried that might hurt him on his journey through USMC boot camp and that was not the case. By raising my son alone without his father being in his life he actually was better prepared for the journey ahead of him. He learned to stand on his own two feet and never ever to give up or give in on himself or anyone else. He actually taught me to step back and see all I did was right and he stands very tall and proud now that he has completed his USMC Boot Camp. In my heart he will always be my baby, but to the world he is a United States Marine and I am so proud of him and all other United States Marines. Being a single parent is hard at times but your babies will learn the inner strength from you that they will need to get through their journey. Be proud and support your daughter/ son's interest in the USMC, visit the recruiters office, meet the recruiters more than once, don't be afraid to ask questions and keep an open-mind to all you will learn. When your daughter/ son makes the decision to join the U. S. Marines- support them! Stand behind them and make sure they know your trust their decision to join and then step back and let them find their way into a future that will open doors they could not otherwise open. Be supportive of your new Marine- they will earn a title that no one can ever take away from them and when you see them at their graduation you will cry tears of Pride and joy at the transformation they made from your baby to a United States Marine! Love your new U. S. Marine and stand by them - they now have a sense of belonging and are part of the greatest family on the entire world- the United States Marine Corp. God Bless our USMC!