Breaking Family Tradition: AITA for Refusing to Join the Military?

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When a family has a long-standing tradition, it can be hard for an individual to break away and pursue their own path. This is the dilemma facing an 18-year-old girl, whose family has a five-generation tradition of joining the military. Despite her family's expectations, she wants to pursue her own dreams. However, when she tells her mom, a huge fight ensues. Is she the a**hole for not carrying on her family's tradition? Follow this story to find out what happens when family expectations clash with personal choice.

Breaking family military tradition: 18F refuses to join. 🙎

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Breaking the cycle: refusing to join the military 👊

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Mom's forcing military on me, AITA for refusing? 🤔

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Breaking family tradition: OP questions joining military after tragedy.

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👨‍✈️Breaking tradition: refusing military service? Share your thoughts!

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Standing up for myself: AITA for refusing to join military?

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Breaking family tradition: refusing to join the military 😭

For five generations, the oldest member of this family joins the military, but this 18-year-old girl wants to break the tradition. The pressure from her family has been mounting as her mother, who was in the army, has been forcing her to take fitness courses and study for the ASVAB. However, the recent talk of becoming an officer was the final straw. After the death of her younger brother, she has been going along with the tradition but now she has decided to stand up for herself. Her mother is disappointed and called her a disappointment for not following the tradition. But, does she have a right to choose? Let's dive into the comments and reactions to find out what people think about this situation.

Army veteran supports OP's decision to refuse joining military 🇺🇸

GoonyGooGoo42 | GoonyGooGoo42

Military brats unite! 🤝 Choosing to not follow in your parents' footsteps is always a brave decision. #NTA

TooAnxiousForOwnGood | TooAnxiousForOwnGood

Living for two 👯‍♀️: A heartwarming exchange about self-prioritization.

markoyolo | markoyolo

Vets agree: Only join military if it's your personal desire ✌️

zortlord | zortlord

Breaking tradition doesn't make you an a**hole! 💪

MarigoldGarlands | MarigoldGarlands

Breaking family tradition: Commenter chooses education over forced military service 😎

klrodine | klrodine

Joining the military is a big decision. NTA 😊

AffectionateBite3827 | AffectionateBite3827

Breaking family traditions doesn't make you an a**hole. NTA 👍

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Congratulations on your college acceptance and scholarship wins 🎉

NGDGUnpunished | NGDGUnpunished

Veteran offers advice on military service - NTA ✍️

StardustStuffing | StardustStuffing

Prioritize your own well-being. NTA! ❤

crumpledwaffle | crumpledwaffle

Breaking family tradition: autonomy vs. military service 🔊

Thelgend92 | Thelgend92

Breaking a family 'tradition' - NTA for not joining military 🙅‍♂️

iolaus79 | iolaus79

Choosing not to continue family military tradition. NTA 🎖️

Similar_Pineapple418 | Similar_Pineapple418

Breaking free from toxic family: NTA. Live for yourself 👏

PuzzleheadedTap4484 | PuzzleheadedTap4484

Follow your passions and ignore family pressure! 🙌

Agreeable-Grand4710 | Agreeable-Grand4710

Live your life for you ✨

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Future Officer or Backup Plan? 🤔 Navigating Parental Pressure.

Sea-Mud5386 | Sea-Mud5386

Breaking tradition and making tough decisions. 👊

CynOfOmission | CynOfOmission

Breaking family tradition: Following your own path is not selfish ❤️

HunterDangerous1366 | HunterDangerous1366

Breaking family 'tradition': Refusing military draft. NTA 👍

type1error | type1error

Breaking free from family pressure to join the military 🙅🏽‍♂️

farmer_palmer | farmer_palmer

Army Veteran supports OP’s decision to not join military. ✊

artemis1860 | artemis1860

Live your life for yourself, not for others. 🙌

tuttkraftverk | tuttkraftverk

Breaking tradition: NTA for refusing military. Family expectations unfair.

Short_Donut_4091 | Short_Donut_4091

Starting a new tradition 🎉 #MilitaryNotForMe #NTA

West-Albatross464 | West-Albatross464

Breaking tradition and choosing your own path. 🚶‍♂️ NTA

Reasonable_racoon | Reasonable_racoon

Supportive veteran parent encourages son to choose his own path ✌️

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Breaking free from family traditions 🏃‍♂️👋 You are NTA!

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A grieving mother and a daughter's career choice. Navigating emotions 💔

rmm035 | rmm035

Breaking tradition & joining the military - NTA for refusing.

ThingsWithString | ThingsWithString

Military not for everyone. NTA for choosing your path.

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Protect yourself: Woman shares concerns about military enlistment.

Proud_Hotel_5160 | Proud_Hotel_5160

Don't live someone else's dream. Follow your own passion! ❤

Amilo159 | Amilo159

Choosing not to join the military is voluntary. #NTA 🙌

LetThemEatHay | LetThemEatHay

Following someone else's dream is a waste of time 💭

Moggetti | Moggetti

Breaking a family tradition. Not the a**hole for choosing differently.

Car_One | Car_One

Breaking tradition and standing up for oneself. 🙌

babystarcendy | babystarcendy

Live life on your own terms 👌

Contrell56 | Contrell56

Breaking a family military tradition can be tough. NTA for choosing.

olddragonfaerie | olddragonfaerie

Respectful boundaries: Choosing the military is a personal choice 👍

kodak1999 | kodak1999

Take control of your future! 🚀 NTA for not joining the military.

Pkteacher11 | Pkteacher11

Military family shuns top 2% ASVAB scorer for avoiding service 😔

SamsSnaps77 | SamsSnaps77

👍 Choosing your own path: NTA for refusing military service.

ShannonS1976 | ShannonS1976

Follow your passion, NTA. It's your life, not theirs. 👍

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Mom's unreasonable expectations result in NTA verdict for child.

BengalBBQ | BengalBBQ

Choose your own path 🛣️. Don't let family traditions define you.

bamf1701 | bamf1701

Breaking tradition: Refusing military service is not a**hole move 👍

Mabelisms | Mabelisms

Breaking free from tradition and following your passion 🙌

LiveLovelyLala | LiveLovelyLala

Choose your own path 🛣️: Breaking family traditions is tough

canuck_2022 | canuck_2022

Choose your own path! 🌳 NTA for refusing military enlistment.

garthastro | garthastro

Supportive comment highlights mother's hurtful behavior towards child. 💔

Parsimonycake | Parsimonycake

Breaking family traditions doesn't make you the a**hole. NTA 🙌

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Breaking the mold 🚫👨‍✈️: Family pressures shouldn't dictate your career path

BlueberrySkyy | BlueberrySkyy

Standing up to a cult-like family pushing military service 🙅‍♂️

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Hilarious comment and replies on childbirth, definitely NTA.

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Respecting personal choice: NTA, do what feels right for you 🙌

Luhdk | Luhdk

Follow your dreams, not family tradition. 👍

DogsReadingBooks | DogsReadingBooks

Taking a stand against imperialism. NTA 👍🏽

Diomedes42 | Diomedes42

Supportive comment with humorous remark. 🤣

Legitimate_Roll7514 | Legitimate_Roll7514

Choosing a career is not a tradition. NTA 🙌

VerdensTrial | VerdensTrial