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Before you run off and try to enlist, just think about what you are putting your life on the line for. I was on track for the AF academy but I dropped my nomination and didn't bother applying after learning more about government. A family friend joined to pay for college when he was eighteen. He was only twenty when he came back. It was a closed-casket funeral. Politicians are in it for themselves, they don't care about the average citizen. Look at what they have done to our economy and our country. What they have planned for the military is not something people should be fighting for. Why should Americans die for some politician's arrogance? They are sending good people out to do their dirty work. War doesn't prove who is right. It determines who is left.
I love all the whiners that try to dissuade others from joining. if you are truly successful, do you think all the people that want to kill you and your family without even knowing you are going to realize that peace and acceptance is better? Or will those who want to rule the world finally be able to? You can obviously read in English. Thank a Soldier for that, and move your pussy ass along.
#128- for your info, they are not just scene or emo. that name just shows they're a fan of fall out boy...it's from one of their songs. OP: find out why they want to know. if it's just being prepared, say, to pay for your possible funeral, that's just them thinking ahead. otherwise, they just suck at life and being parents. it's one thing to want to be prepared...it's a whole other thing to not support what your child wants to do. it's your decision. For all of the comments against the war and this person enlisting: it's not up to anyone but the OP what they choose to do, and it's not right for anyone to try to sway them either way. They need to do what they feel is best for them. It's a PERSONAL decision, and politics should not come into it.
They may have been trying to give you a wake-up call that enlisting in the military during an unwinnable war isn't all banners and glory. Or, they could just be greedy pricks. Your call.
Considering the circumstances, it's a reasonable question, especially if they didn't ask it right away...it was bound to come up somehow. I think you're being too harsh on the parents. Their child just told them they'd like to throw themselves in the line of fire.