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Posted: 9/8/2004 9:05:37 AM EST
LOCUST FORK, Ala. Navy recruiter Wendy Chunn visited the McIntyre family's home hoping to persuade their 18-year-old daughter to enlist.

The sales pitch worked better than she had imagined: The entire family signed up.

The family didn't enlist all at once; the daughter, Brandi McIntyre, was the first to sign.

She had talked before high school graduation last May about joining the military, so her father, Kerry McIntyre, contacted the Navy recruiting office in nearby Gadsden on her behalf.

With both of his children enlisted, Kerry McIntyre was easily sold on joining the Navy Reserves. His prior military experience exempted him from going through basic training.

His wife, however, was more hesitant. But Chunn said Kerry McIntyre finally convinced her with a little guilt.


Alabama family of 4 enlists
Recruiter visits Locust Fork to pitch Navy to daughter, gets teen, brother, father and mother

LOCUST FORK (AP) — Navy recruiter Wendy Chunn visited the McIntyre family's home hoping to persuade their 18-year-old daughter to enlist.

The sales pitch worked better than she had imagined: The entire family signed up.

"No. No. Never. Never," Chunn said when asked if she had ever heard of an entire family enlisting. "It's drawing some nationwide attention."

The family didn't enlist all at once; the daughter, Brandi McIntyre, was the first to sign.

She had talked before high school graduation in May about joining the military, so her father, Kerry McIntyre, contacted the Navy recruiting office in nearby Gadsden on her behalf.

During her first visit to the family's Blount County home, Steve Newcomb of Ashville, who had recently enrolled in the military's delayed entry program, accompanied Chunn.

"It helps to share some of (the other recruits') experiences," Chunn explained.

Newcomb quickly formed a bond with the 38-year-old Kerry McIntyre, who runs a heating and air-conditioning business and had served in the Army during the late 1980s and early '90s. He also served briefly in the Army Reserve before his unit was deactivated.

Mr. McIntyre told Chunn his 19-year-old son, Jamie, also was interested in military service.

But the 6-foot-4-inch Jamie McIntyre needed to lose weight to be qualified. He gained weight for football in high school and had trouble losing it afterward.

He and his mother, Angela, were attending Gadsden State Community College to earn a two-year technical degree in heating and air conditioning. But his career aspirations changed soon after he read pamphlets for the Navy's nuclear engineering program.

"He thought, 'Wow, I could really do this,' " Brandi said.

Motivated by the prospect of joining the nuclear engineering program — a high-demand, top-paying field that involves two years of intensive schooling — Jamie lost 70 pounds and brought his body fat index down to 19 percent from 39 percent.

In a few months Jamie will head for active duty — as will Brandi, who signed up to be a culinary specialist.

With both of his children enlisted, Kerry McIntyre was easily sold on joining the Navy Reserves, which merged with the active-duty Navy five months ago.

His prior military experience exempted him from going through basic training, and he will keep running his business while serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

His wife, however, was more hesitant. But Chunn said Kerry McIntyre finally convinced her with a little guilt.

"He said, 'Why don't you do this with me? You feel the Navy is good enough for your children and not for you?' " Chunn said, recalling a conversation Kerry had with his wife.

"Once she heard that, she said, 'You are right,' " Chunn said with a laugh. "It was really neat."

http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=2266806
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:08:52 AM EST

What is the Sullivan's rule. None of them
can serve on the same ship? Something
like that?

Is that even still in effect?
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:11:23 AM EST
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