Military enlistment open to those ready for new path


Photo used with permission of Taylor Fisher.

Senior Taylor Fisher will use the remainder of her senior year to consider her military career path before going off to the marines.

Straying from the paved college route, students are venturing into military enrollment through recruiters and school programs as college application deadlines near. The Hamilton County’s military programs offer opportunities for those students who wish to serve in the Armed Forces.

“I want to make more of a long-term career out of the military. There’s a lot of options on what exactly I want to do for the Marines, and I am still considering them all,” senior Taylor Fisher said.

Military enlistment requires a minimum age of 17. Students still in high school are held in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) until acquiring their diploma. That leaves time for physical preparation.

“I’m planning on continuing training here until I finally get shipped off,” Fisher said. “I’m considering everything from being an Infantry Officer to a Logistics Officer.”

Each branch holds varying opportunities and characteristics. Senior Haele Jordan is in the process of enlisting for the Air Force where she can work for a college degree while training and receive hands-on experience.

“Many things have inspired me. Mostly their education programs. They train me and teach me, so I’m working while at school,” Jordan said.

Through her recruiting office, Jordan must pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a timed multi-aptitude test. Then, she will obtain a physical and wait to be sent to Texas for basic military training after graduation.

“I’ll get hands on experience while learning what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life,” Jordan said.

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“I’ll get hands on experience while learning what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life.””

— Haele Jordan

If students wish to pursue another area, marine training is another option. This training happens four days a week with cardio and strength exercises. These exercises include four-mile runs, push-ups, pull-ups, lifts, core work, and various combat exercises. The time spent training not only builds up their strength but trust with fellow trainees, as well.

“I’ve really connected with the people I train with and they’ve been very supportive of me and my goals. It really is a family and we all look out for each other,” Fisher said.