That would do it .I joined at 16, but had the maturity of an 8 year old.
Grew up quickly around around May 1982
.,.. ... (I dread to think how much has been spent on my offspring ).
Whatever happens after he gets home will need to be agreed between you and him. You strike me as one with a sensible head who will chose a form of words to engage him in his new situation and make sure he doesn't backslide to his pre-RN days. He may not have found his dream career but he has acquired many new skills which should put him in good stead for the future. I'm not imagining it will be easy for you given the mother/son bond but the sooner he realises it is time to move on(not literally) the better it will be for all parties.@fishead I don't know if I'm all that happy about him reverting to being looked after! I don't know if you ever watched a programme on channel 4 called "Brat Camp"; out of control/ultra lazy middle -class kids were packed off to a youth training camp in the American West and forced to wander about, living in tents until they were "reformed" enough to come home. I used to feel quite smug watching it as my kids were still small and relatively cute at the time! It has occurred to me that basic naval training may have (fingers crossed) had a similar improving effect on my eldest. I have also thought about all those folk who pipe up with "bring back National Service", trying to get most of the youth of Britain through something akin to Raleigh would be an absolute nightmare, not to mention costing a fortune (I dread to think how much has been spent on my offspring ).