ADA, Mich. -- The first things you'll notice when pulling up to the house are the four flags hanging in between the front porch pillars, each one representing a different branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
It's how you'll know you're at the Lees' house, where a set of quadruplets -- and a fifth sibling -- will all be in various branches of the military come this fall.
"I think what everybody's finding so unique is that five kids from the same family all wanted to go in at the same time," mom Lyvonne said. "And this is the first time they've ever had quadruplets join the military all at the same time."
One of the Lees' quadruplets is already in or joining the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Air National Guard. The large family consists of 12 children, including seven who graduated from high school this year.
Nevin, who graduated early, is already in the Marine Corps in South Carolina.
The other quadruplets are: Mason, who is headed to the Air National Guard; Bryce, planning to join the Navy; and Rose, who is going into the Air Force. Yoel, who joined the family through adoption and graduated this year, will soon also be in the Marine Corps. They graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School.
Lyvonne said all five kids joining the armed forces was more of a fluke than anything. While all five joined to serve, travel, meet new people and get an education, each had different reasons for joining.
"I was kind of the last one to hop on the military bandwagon," Mason said. "I'm joining the Air National Guard down in Tennessee for aerospace propulsion, hopefully."
Mason was once interested in going to college to become a mechanic, but later changed his mind and became interested in the military.
"I realized, 'Hey, free education and it's something I want to do,'" he said. "And that's when I found aerospace propulsion, because it was also transferable over to the private sector. That's kind of how I jumped in there."
Yoel said he initially became interested in the armed forces after talking with recruiters and seeing the different options for education.
It's the culture and brotherhood of the Marines that interested him the most, he said.
"I know I'm going to be making lifelong friends," Yoel said. "With our brother-in-law, he always talks about how he's made such great friends all around the world. He could literally go anywhere and he would have a place to stay and has friends there. And I think that's what it's all about."
Lyvonne said there's no real military influence from her or her husband's families. However, one of their daughters is married to a pilot in the armed forces, Matt. He's had a big influence on the quadruplets and their siblings, she said.
Rose cites Matt as her inspiration for going into the Air Force.
"I have actually always wanted to serve," she said. "I originally wanted to go into the Navy, but changed my mind because the Air Force, I felt, was better for what I wanted to do."
She wants to be an emergency medicine physician with the goal of eventually doing Doctors Without Borders. Rose said she views the armed forces as a way to continue her passion for service and volunteer work.
Rose will attend Eastern Michigan University and commute to the University of Michigan for Air Force training. If she passes the classes and does well, she'll be an officer in four years.
"And then they will pay her to go to medical school," Lyvonne said. "So instead of her $450,000 we calculated out that she was going to be in debt, they're going to pay her a couple hundred thousand to go to school. It's a great program."
Lyvonne, who is in finance, said she thinks more and more people should take advantage of joining the military as a pathway for higher education.
"Almost daily, I have to turn couples down because of their student loans. It's a crisis in this country," she said.
Bryce's decision to join the Navy, where he'll be an electrician, stems from his love for being outdoors and the idea that getting an education from a traditional four-year college wouldn't be the right fit for him.
"I was planning on going to college a year and a half ago, but something just didn't catch in my head," he said. "I wanted to travel and have fun."
Bryce said he thinks there's a misconception about what the armed forces are and what it's like to join. He said a lot of people think it's a scary and dangerous decision to join.
"I think there's a bad impression that it's like the movies. You go in, you come out messed up or you come out with PTSD or it's always about all the sad parts," he said. "But they never really touch details on all the fun parts. You meet new people, lifelong friends, you get to travel the world, you help other countries."
And for the four who haven't started yet, Nevin, who is in South Carolina now as a Marine, is able to give his siblings a glimpse into what joining the military is really like.
"Grenade launchers are much more realistic in real life than video games," Bryce said, reading a text message from Nevin, and then laughed.
Nevin graduated early from high school so he could complete his training in the spring, rather than the hotter summer. After his basic training, he was promoted to squad leader and then to private first class when he finished, Lyvonne said.
Nevin's instructors have been calling him "Hollywood Boy," Bryce said, because of the recent occasion when he called in to join his siblings on "The Today Show."
Even though Mason, Yoel, Rose and Bryce are excited to get started, there's just one thing they're not looking forward to:
"Boot camp." ___
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