My Little Sister Joined the Air Force and Left for Basic Training

Meet my little sister: Angelica

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My little sister Angelica is one of my best friends. We’re four years apart and we both love running to Costco and Target together. She’s also a two inches shorter than me so I love that’s literally my little sister forever (lolol). She’s spunky, sassy, and she loves fiercely. She also shares my love of dogs. Her dog Mochi is the funniest yorkie-poo. We love taking Boone and Mochi to the dog park together!

Like any high school grad, she ventured out to figure out what was going to work for her in her career. She worked a number of jobs these past few years and she decided she wanted to make a change. So this past summer my sister decided that she was going to enlist in the US Air Force.

My family’s military history

While no one in my immediate family is in the military, my extended family has served in the United States Army and the Philippine Military. Our two uncles enlisted and served in the Army after they immigrated over from the Philippines to Hawaii. Our grandpa (father’s dad) also joined the US Forces during World War 2 to defend the Philippines against Japanese forces. And our other grandpa (mother’s dad) also served as a pilot in the Philippine Air Force and flew fighter jets.

My sister is one of the first women in our family to join the military and were extremely proud of her.

She spent 6 months going through the process of being admitted into the Air Force. I had no idea that she would have to aptitude test, go through various screenings, and attend PT sessions leading up to basic training. But she did it. And she officially swore in in January and left for basic training.

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My sister’s at basic training and I miss her.

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My sister and I used to talk every single day on the phone. We literally could talk about anything and everything. But we’ve resorted to writing weekly letters since she doesn’t have access to her phone at basic training. In her most recent latter, she wished me a happy birthday (my birthday is on Feb 18th) and she listed 27 reasons why she loves being my little sister. I burst into tears as I read the letter. She told me that give her the best hand me downs (thanks to all the blogger gifts) and she appreciates that I genuinely want the best for her. It’s probably one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. I really miss her and I’m getting teary eyed as I write this.

My sister’s been gone a month and I’m excited we’ll get to see her graduate next month! I’m truly excited for my sister’s next chapter in life. She’ll be off to technical school this spring and then she finds out where her and husband are going to be stationed. No matter where they end up, I definitely plan on visiting!

My sister’s growth so far

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Even though my sister still has major steps she’s taking these next few months, I already feel like she’s grown an incredible amount in less than a year. She made a commitment to serve our country and a commitment to invest in herself and development. She’s focused more on her health and wellbeing and she’s excited to learn her trade in technical school. And I truly feel like she’s found her path – at least for these next few years.

I’m thankful that I’ve been a part of her journey so far and can’t wait to see what the future brings for her!

Do you have family in the military? What was it like when they left for basic training?

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

3 Comments

  1. February 13, 2019 / 10:43 am

    This is such a sweet post Emma and I am so happy for your little sister. That’s really awesome news and I know you are so proud of her. I only have an uncle who served in the military but I was too young to know what it was like to see him leave and train. And how cool that your birthday lands on a holiday this year?! Do you have any plans? Well, Emma, whatever you have planned, I wish you the most happiest of birthdays!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  2. February 16, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    My dad is actually military so it’s pretty cool to see your sister going in! While I’m still uncertain of whether or not I want to enlist after I graduate from college, I’m so thankful for the all the years my dad sacrificed for this country and for our family. I got to travel around the world, get a free college education, and so much more that I can’t even begin to describe. It’s incredible and it’s all because my dad was in the army for over 27 years. Insane!

    -xo, Makaela @ Uniquely Mickie

  3. Belle
    November 26, 2019 / 9:49 am

    My little sister left for basic yesterday. Her name is Angelica, too. I’m absolutely heartbroken. I didn’t think it would be this hard without her. My life feels so empty without her, the house is depressingly quiet. Every time I pass by her bedroom I think she’s gonna be in there, cuddled under her blankets watching cartoons. Walking down the hallway, I expect her to punch and slap my back, but nothing. I honestly don’t know how I am going to make it until March when she graduates.

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