October 16, 2011

Looking Into the Future

There is a counselor here in town that we've used who is also a 'life coach'. As applications for college soon start, Ringo has been at a loss as to what he might even like to study.

So I called this guy up and said, "HELP!" and he said, "Come on in, I have a test I can give him and it won't tell him WHAT to do, but it will give him an idea of what other people with his interests decided to study."

The results came in pretty much as we had expected. High on the list were for him to study either Medicine or Finance.

But it was the mid way down the list item that had me raise my eyebrows. It said he should enlist.

Now, I don't have a problem with it, other than the fact I don't like where we send our troops... places like Uganda. I just as soon my sons don't go to hell holes like that to places so corrupt and in mind, unsalvageable. My family, however, has been serving this country since it's inception.

Mostly the members of my family have been enlisted. I had someone ask once, other than my father, did we have officers in our family. I replied, "Mmm... I don't think so. Mostly I think it was a case of "Hey, I have a gun. Can I fight too?""

But I was intrigued that my son hits the top spots with Medicine and Finance and in third or fourth... it says he might consider enlisting.

And it raised the eyebrows for the test giver as well.

So we asked him, "Ringo, can you think of what you put that this test said you should think of enlisting?"

He grinned and said, "Oh yeah. I put I'd like to be sniper..."


Playing Army guy really doesn't seem to go away... even when they're 16.

Posted by Boudicca at October 16, 2011 09:14 PM

I can guarantee you it doesn't.

Posted by: K-Nine at October 17, 2011 09:54 AM

let's try that link again...


Posted by: K-Nine at October 17, 2011 09:56 AM

My duaghter took one of these tests. Enlisting was one of her results along with landscaping...that child hasn't had dirty hands since she was a toddler. When I heard the same from more and more moms, I was suspect that the enlisting result really meant we encourage you to get more money for college by joining the armed forces.

Posted by: Pam at October 17, 2011 11:32 AM

Just a crying shame that children who want to be snipers have to join the military industrial complex to realize their life's dream. There should be a government program to allow people to become snipers without having to go through the whole military thing. Sort of like the Peace Corps, but not so peaceful.

Posted by: Heresolong at October 17, 2011 11:43 AM

I spent last weekend with an uncle, now retired from medicine. He told me that back when he got his MD license it came with his draft papers. Turns out he and my other uncles all graduated from MD schools back in the 60's and got drafted. Most went USAF.

Who knew? It's what happened to my former father in law too. A few of them went flight surgeon route others as GP. It was a very different world. My dad's family were military and now it turns out that most of my mother's family were drafted military doctors.

Posted by: Curtis at October 17, 2011 04:08 PM

I think they just throw enlist on those test to put it into minds.

Enlisting was on my test also with teaching, finance and customer service.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at October 18, 2011 11:24 AM