Military Visit Week to come to the Hub

Sgt. Carlos Rubio and junior Jaalen Banner discuss military options.

Amy Williams

Sgt. Carlos Rubio and junior Jaalen Banner discuss military options.

Don’t forget your camo and combat boots.

Recruiters from the Army will be visiting the Hub Feb. 24-26 during Military Visit Week.

“We always have a representative from the Marines, the Navy, the Army, the Army National Guard, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard,” said Post-Secondary Counselor and Military Liaison Michelle Vazquez. “Just like going to college, trade school, community college or doing a gap year, going into the military is an option for some students.”

For senior Tasharra Telphia, the military was a no-brainer. “I’ve been wanting to go into the military since I was six,” explained Telphia. “I chose the air force and I’m figuring out what I want to be.”

In addition to explaining the various branches of the military, representatives will also describe the application process and possible career paths. Visits include the Navy Feb. 24 at 1:19 pm, the Marine Corps Feb. 24 at 2:53 pm, the National Guard Feb. 25 at 10:06 am and the Army Feb. 26 at 2:06 pm, all in the Hub.

“Just like every college has something different to offer, each branch has something different to offer,” commented Vazquez. “Students are curious, and that’s great.”

For senior Evens Jean Philippe, Military Visit Week helped to decide which branch was the best fit. “It’s a fun experience. It helps to see your options,” said Philippe. “I did my research and I chose the navy.”

For students anxious about paying for college, the military can a great choice.

“I’m joining the military because my options are limited,” said senior Donovan Clyne. “I don’t have money for college. A lot of people are going to end up in debt because of college tuition. If you feel like you can handle the pressure of the army, the army is for free.”

The military isn’t for everyone though. “You have to understand the commitment level,” explained Vazquez. “It’s a binding contract.”

Admittance also requires basic training and good scores on the ASVAB (the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Exam) which takes place at ETHS on March 12.

“The ASVAB is next month,” explained Philippe. “Based on your scores, it determines your career options.”

Contrary to popular belief, the military offers training in a variety of careers including the legal, culinary, mechanic, law enforcement, intelligence, counseling and combat professions.

“If you want to be a nurse, you can do that in the military. They will train you in any career you can think of,” stated Vazquez.

For interested juniors and seniors, sign up for Military Visit Week on Naviance.

“Talk to a recruiter, your parents, and your counselor,” commented Philippe.  “The military is a great opportunity.”

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