They should be pretty proud, a little concerned, but proud and supportive. Im a Sr. in HS and im headed to the military ( Navy, Af, or CG ) after i graduate in May. When i told my parents i didn't even hesitate and if anything they were more encouraging than i expected. I feel the best thing to do is come out with it. Something like " Mom, Dad, i've been thinking about joining the Navy after HS. And i really feel strong about this. So if you'll just give me your support i'll be completely grateful ". It'll also be best to give them a little information about the Navy, the field you're hoping for, and how everything runs ( Death rates, too, because thats one thing parents definitely worry about. ). If they see that you're serious and you did your research, im sure they'll support to the best of their ability. Also expect a bit of negativity from some members. I've heard a bit. Like " Why risk your life, the US isn't doing anything for us. " or " What if Iraq bomb the bases? " .. Just don't let that get in your head and alter your decision whatsoever. I know plenty in the military ( Army, Navy, National Guard, Airforce ), some deploying or have already deployed to Afghanistan. Some even fought in wars and NONE have died nor been injured in the military.
Hey, I too want to join the Navy once I get out of high school. I had already told my parents about this. My mom prohibited me of joining, but my dad said he would support any decision I made. When I do join the Navy, my mom will probably burst into tears lol but in the end, your parents should support you
my daughter is 14 and she talks about it a lot going to the army and at first I was surprised and worried but she talks, about it so much I became supportive I know imma miss her and worry but im being supportive... sit down and just be honest and understand they may worry more than anything and have a good reason why you want to go ... do some research also to explain to them why
After 4 years you will be offered a paid college education. From experience I can tell you - take it! Remember that there is a sacrifice involved - at the military level and at the college level. When things get difficult (and they will) remember that you have a goal in mind.