After announcing to my family a few weeks back that I was thinking of re-joining I got the ultimate what the fcuk for?, off my mother and step father. Now, im 25, and I joined the army in 1999 aged 17 and when I did my family were quite keen to be honest. They were proud when I did my training and passed out at Pirbright, then Catterick. But that was before all this Iraq and Afghanistan business. When I went to battalion in 99, the army was alot quieter, with only N Ireland and Bosnia as commited Op Tours. I did Telic 1 in 2003, and when I told my family I was leaving the army in 2005 they were a bit hesitant asking questions like...well what job are you going to do son? and theres not much out here, but its your choice.... So I left in 2005 and since then have been working in my current job. Now fast forward to Feb 07 and thats when I hit them with' Im thinking of rejoining because I want to do something worthwhile and do something constructive with my life. Thats when my mum and stepfather kind of went off the rails a bit. Now with whats happened to troops in Iraq recently, everytime were watching the news and a death is announced in Iraq of a British soldier, the room goes quiet.Then my stepfather or mother will turn and say to me..' do you really want to go back out there again, because thats where youll go'.... and why the heck would anyone want to join the army nowadays with Iraq and Afghanistan??? It was only yesterday when my mum said to me..son, give me one good reason why on earth you want to back in the army.? I tried to explain that the army doesnt reveolve around Iraq/ Afghan though it has large commitments there, and that despit the negative things we see, the army is a worthy career. Now my father lives 100 miles away, he served 20 years. He was in N Ireland in the dodgy 70s and 80s when it was dangerous there. Infact he was at Warrenpoint in 1979, when 18 troops were killed by the IRA. Its also worth noting that he was a section commander in the Falklands war. Hes a bit more level headed about me wanting to rejoin..he said ' son, I dont really want to see you go back out to Iraq/ Afghan but its up to you, if you want to rejoin, make sure you think carefully. I just wish my mum and stepfather realiazed that joining the army, doesnt mean certain death, minfact if you look at the statistics, not many people are killed on Ops compared to the amount serving on them. Then again, my mum was deeply distressed when I was on Telic, and my stepfather said to me..do you really want to keep putting your mother through that every time you go away?? I now feel a bit guilty, I mean is it really worth me re-joining if its going to cause this much stress and worry to family members?..regardless that its something I want to do. Anyone else been in this situation?