I had a similar sort of worry. To my mother, i said i was sort of in selection for an engineering job. She was pleased and asked where. Said the RN and she was shocked but pleased. It's not easy to get the conversation rolling, but you'll feel better for it in the end.
I didn't realise that attitudes had changed THAT much! When I joined, I couldn't wait to tell parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, neighbours, the milkman, and any other body who cared to listen, that I had passed all the tests, medicals, etc. that qualified me to serve in His Majesty's Navy, and my enthusiasm was reciprocated by all the above.
One of my sons decided on an army career, and is now a pensioner, ex WO1, one of my grandsons is a serving army officer, and if any of my other grandchildren decided to enlist, in any service, but particularly the RN, you'd have to gag me to stop me talking about it, I'd be so proud!!
It's a sad reflection on the state of this country to think that there may be grandparents out there who wouldn't be full of pride.
Depends on who your folks are.
Can you imagine some of the sink estate crowd.
"Our Shane is joining the navy, don't know WTFF he's giving up Â£125 a week in benefits to get Â£75 pay after deductions. And he's got to get up every morning, wash, shave and be polite. Stupid [email protected]"