What Kind of Navy is This? Mom and Son Enlist Together

Curtis Abbott had already visited Army and Air Force recruiting offices, heard the sales pitches, glanced at brochures and admired the posters lining the office walls that are familiar to any who have once been wowed by promises of a prosperous future in the military.

Wanting to meticulously weigh which service branch would be most beneficial, Abbott decided to make an additional stop on his recruiting office tour — this time the Navy variety. Accompanied by his mother, Melissa Ensey, the 18-year-old Abbott walked into the Missouri office, sat down and and readied to listen intently to Navy Career Counselor 1st Class Shawn Dery explain everything the Navy could offer.

Not long into the conversation, Abbott realized that the Navy was his best chance at a ticket to seeing the world and developing an invaluable and enduring skill set. Dery’s persuasive presentation evidently left such an impression on the pair that Abbott’s mother even joked, “Too bad I can’t join, too.” Dery was quick to fire back.

“You can.”

To meet the challenging recruiting numbers needed to fill the ranks of a rapidly growing Navy, the service altered the age ceiling in January 2018 for prospective enlistees to 39, a Department of Defense release said. Having initially believed she was beyond the age limit, the suddenly-eligible 37-year-old Ensey began envisioning the benefits a Navy life could yield for her and her family. Sitting in the office next to her son, she decided to go for it.

“It seems like it’ll be a really good thing for her,” said Abbott, who admitted being surprised when his mom became serious about enlisting. “She can finish getting all the education she’s always wanted. Plus, my sister will be able to go to college.”

Asked how he managed to get a mother-son tandem to enlist, Dery told DoD it was simple.

“I just showed them the proof of it,” he said. “I just show them what’s out there for them and let them make their own decisions. It does make me feel good when I see people come from smaller towns and join the Navy and go off to see the world and do things they might not have ever been able to do.”

For Abbott and Ensey, that decision now means heading to recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, together, an ordeal that Ensey said makes her nervous to think about, but one she is happy to be tackling with some familiar company.

“It’s almost more comforting knowing that he’s going to be there, too,” she said in the release, “and I am excited for it.”

Once they complete recruit training, Abbott will move on to pursue life as a supply logistics specialist, the report said. Ensey, meanwhile, aims to become a master-at-arms as part of the Navy’s security force.

Both are well-equipped for success, according to Dery, who spent considerable time working with the duo.

The two were sworn in at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Kansas City, Missouri, on Aug. 21, mother and son, side-by-side, raising their right hands and taking the oath of enlistment to become sailors in the United States Navy.

The unique experience is one that will resonate for both, they said.

“It was an emotional moment,” Ensey said. “Making this commitment alongside my son is something I will never forget. I’m proud of him and I hope he is proud of me.”

8 comments on “What Kind of Navy is This? Mom and Son Enlist Together
  1. What kind? Desperate to get anyone with a high school diploma, no criminal record, and not dumber than a box of rocks!!
    Desperation drives people to do many things. Plus they probably both peed clean.

  2. BLAME MISS ASHLEY CARTER,,,,,,BO’S defsec for the recruiting crisis…….PICTURE THIS……you are a fresh college grad from CORNFIELD STATE COLLEGE,,,,a history degree,,,,,a c-plus student,,,,,,played varsity football and you weigh 210 pounds,,in great condition. now,,do you sign up for walmart’s management training program where you stock shelves for 12 months OR JOIN UP,,,ENLIST,,,,,AND HOPE FOR OCS-OTS and get a gold bar and a respectable career…….HOWEVER,,,,on your way to your butterbar or enlisted life career…….YOU HAVE TO PUT UP WITH SCREECHING SCREAMING FEMALE DRILL CADRE HALF YOUR SIZE AND WEIGHT,,,,,and that’s just the beginning,,,,,for the next 20-30 years you will have little ladies of rank,,,busting your chops,,,,kind of like being married to a shrew but with no chance of divorce other than to quit your career investment…,,,AND THAT IS WHY MY FRIENDS,,,,,THE SERVICES HAVE OPENED UP ENLISTMENT TO THE GRAY HAIRS ,,,the plus 35 crowd up to 39,,,,unbelievable,,,,,res ipsa loquitur,,,,,it all speaks for itself!

  3. I believe I may have to unsubscribe to US Defense Watch.I can’t take it anymore. No, really…I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!

  4. MCCAIN IS DEAD AND BURIED,,,,,,,,but old pix of the viet held american POWs have resurfaced, their stories and their physical condition at their release is still HORRIFYING,,,,,,,now imagine……MISS ASHLEY CARTER who with the stroke of a pen allowed full access to combat jobs to females ,,,,,,,,finds at some future time said same in POW jails in the middle east, afghanistan, iraq iran or some other rat hole country or sub saharan africa or north korea……AND THEIR WARDEN WILL NOT BE COL. KLINK,,,,,use your imagination and review the pix of all the old viet nam pows……those old military hens and cows that have been shown sitting at a conference discussion table several times on this site……chewin their cud over female rights in the new military……..your time is coming for your female warriors to possibly experience what male pows have experienced since 1776.,,,,good luck.

  5. Meanwhile, the recruiters who are known to lie to maintain recruiting numbers, will make a fast trip done to Kiddie Korner, and see if there are any highly qualified 4 year olds interested.

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