PHOENIX (AP) – The youngest son of Sen. John McCain has joined the Marine Corps and could be deployed to a war zone in a matter of months, according to a magazine report.

Jimmy McCain, 18, will begin basic training in September. He’ll spend three months in boot camp and undergo a month of specialized training before being assigned to a unit.

“I’m obviously very proud of my son,” the elder McCain told Time for a story in editions going on sale Monday, “but also understandably a little nervous.”

McCain has been an outspoken supporter of the war in Iraq and said last month during a Senate debate that withdrawing troops would “risk disaster.”

Having a son serving in the war would not change his position, the senator said. McCain, a Republican, is a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Another of Sen. McCain’s children, Jack, 20, is a student at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Sen. McCain said Jimmy was well aware of the family’s Navy background but had friends in the Corps and “just wanted to join up.”

“I don’t think there’s anything unusual about Jimmy,” McCain said. “There are, thank God, lots of young men and women like him.”

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