HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Each week, military recruits leave their homes behind and board a bus bound for basic training. On Monday morning, Delourdes Booker said farewell to her son as he took a seat on one of those buses.
"I'm excited that he gets to do what he wants , a little bit nervous, but I'm excited because he's chosen his career," Booker said. "I'm very proud of him."
Booker is making the City of Madison, where he and his family live, proud.
"We've got future Soldier Booker and he is going to the hotel today and then tomorrow he will be at MEPS," SFC. James O'Donnell said. "At MEPS, after he completes his final processing there, he will be going to Fort Benning, Georgia to go to infantry school."
Booker said he is ready for what lies ahead; he's been preparing for a long time.
"I'm feeling great," Booker said. "Me and my buddy, Ethan, we've been talking about this since 7th grade."
Booker comes from a long line of loyalty to the red, white and blue.
"My grandfather was in World War II, my dad was in WWII," Booker said. "His father was in the U.S. Army, as well, served in Iraq and his older brother was in two tours in Iraq and in the honor guard."
As Dylan embarks on his own path, he is picking up the selfless sacrifice where his brother, Ryan, left off.
"My son, he passed when he was 24, in 2013," Mrs. Booker said.
Now, it's Dylan's turn. So, with a hug from his friend, Jess, and final TLC from his mom, Dylan is off to swear in with the U.S. Army.
"I'm a little bit nervous but any mother would be," Booker said. "But, I'm very proud of him."
Booker and his friend, Ethan, will complete both basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning. They will both serve in the infantry.