I know I've made many many threads about Marines, but this is the last thread I will make about this. I just need to get together all the information so when I break the news to my parents I'm prepared. I'm going to enlist when I get back to school in Philly. I'm just asking for your answers and that is all. I will add more questions as I think of it. 1)Since it's the reserves, I would do basic this summer then next all next summer do training for my MOS. Every summer after that I spend 2 weeks training right? 2) If I decided to become an officer, would I do that training during the summer after my MOS training? 3) When is the earliest I would be deployable? I heard it's not until after I completed my MOS training. 4) If my unit is in Philly, what would I do about drill when I'm home in MD for break? Would I have to drive to Philly 1 weekend a month or is there some kind of exception? 5) After all the movies you've seen and everything on the news, how do you explain in words that you are willing to risk your life like that? My parents ask why take an unnecessary risk. I want to do it because I want to serve my country, for the training, experience, and discipline, because for my career I want a job in law enforcement. But that still won't convince them. It's hard to explain in words why I want to do it, it's just a feeling. What is something I could say so they would better understand why I'm taking this "unnecessary risk" They are completely 100% against the military and cry at the thought of it. I tried joining when I was 17 but they wouldn't sign the papers. 6)I want to enlist in mid January and go to boot in the beginning of May. When I sign up to do that, what is the process like. When I sign up for it when I first get back to school, what kind of papers will I be filling out? Will I be doing any physical tests when I first sign up, or does that wait until I'm about to be shipped to boot? When is MEPS? 7) During the time between basic and MOS training, what will I be doing? Will I still be training with a unit one weekend a month even though I haven't finished my training yet?