For the past couple years my parents were aware of my interest in joining the Army and were completely against it, doing everything possible to get me to change my mind. Now I'm in ROTC about to sign the contract and they are getting worse. They said if I die they will have to forget out me or they will die emotionally, etc. On Jan 1, one of my friends (who is 19) died in a car accident and it has been hard on everyone. I knew this girl since 2nd grade (I'm a sophomore in college now) so it is very hard on me. At the viewing my parents saw my friend's parents fall apart emotionally, just completely break down. Everyone else (including my parents) are talking about how hard it is on the family and how they will never get over it. The funeral was earlier today and already my parents used my friends death against me. They kept saying they don't want to be in the same situation as my friend's parents if I get killed in combat. They are telling me I saw how the parents responded, how could I risk putting my parents through that, etc. They think because I still want to join the Army after seeing what my parents might have to go through that I'm an asshole and a bad kid. I understand that they would be devestated if I died and I want them to be happy because I love them, but this is my life and this is what I do. I already told them over and over this is what I want to do and I will hate myself forever if I don't do it. Anyone have any advice on how to talk to them? I'm signing the contract no matter what, I just want to comfort my parents as much as I can.