My mom is very unsupportive of my husband trying to get into the Marine officer's program...What do you think?

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My husband is going to OCS this January, and my mom is really down on the idea. We were excited to hear that he got into OCS to begin with, as he had to have a waiver for his hearing. Whenever I try to talk to my mom about him going, she only has negative things to say about it. This is so frustrating for me because she keeps implying that I don't really understand that the going into the Marines can be dangerous. I'm of the opinion that you should, within reason, allow your spouse to make their own decisions about what career path to follow. He's going to try for logistics as his MOS, so it's not like he's gravitating towards the specializations where you are most likely to see combat....
So, I have three questions:
1.) Have any of you experienced this before?
2.) What do you think of his motivation for joining? My mom says that his motivation for going into the Marines is what bothers her the most. He's going in to help us pay off our student loans, to gain leadership experience to enter an MBA program, and for the challenge. Maybe these aren't the most altruistic reasons, but he is committed to doing whatever job they give him. Is that so wrong?
3.) I'm pregnant and due in July. Everyone he's talked to said that he'd most likely be able to be there for the birth of his child. My mom is telling me that he's an irresponsible parent to join the military when he's about to be a dad. I don't agree, but I wanted some perspective on this point as well.
Thanks!
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