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Senior Jacob V. in uniform.

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Senior Jacob V. in uniform.

Senior Jacob V. in uniform.

Kenzie Gavin, Staff

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During the one and a half hour flight and two hour transit ride to Fort Leonard Wood, Senior Jacob V, was feeling very nervous.

“The one thing I did was talk to my friends and family on the phone when I could,”  Jacob V. said.

 Over the 2018 summer Jacob got to further pursue his dream of becoming a US Army soldier.

Awaiting the signing date his friends and family were very supportive of his decision but his two younger brothers were sad when they found out he would be gone for most of the summer. He enlisted March 12th and waited until May 29th to begin basic training.

“Enlisting was something I wanted to do to protect my family and I was ready for a change in my life so it was hard to wait for those changes to come,”  Jacob V. said.

Training lasted a little over nine weeks, and summer being only about ten weeks long, he was only left with a few days to do whatever he wanted. Along with normal summer activities such as swimming or visiting the lake there are family vacations, Jacob’s family went on a trip and visited many other places around OKC over the summer.

“Sometimes I felt left out and thought everyone had forgotten about me, it was frightening to think I would come back with nothing,” Jacob V. said.

Everyday was different for them, they never knew what was coming.

 On an easy day he woke up at around 4:30 a.m. to start workouts, after workouts eating breakfast was a must to help through the day, after breakfast he would change into his uniform and get his training’s done. Workouts occurred again after dinner. He was fed about 3,000 calories a meal to help build muscle and maintain a healthy weight.

“I thought I was ready for the challenges, but once I got to Basic it was nothing like I thought it would be,” Jacob V. said.

A difficult day consisted of waking up at 3:30, packing rucksacks for the 16k ruck march where he would be in the field for 4 days and 3 nights with a 30 minute sleep rotation and no change of clothes or a shower.

“The times I felt like quitting were endless and everything was a mind game. It was very mentally and physically draining,” Jacob V. said.

Qualifying for a weapon and going in the gas chambers were a couple of the toughest things he had to do.

Coming out of Basic training his perspective on life changed. “Be grateful for what you have because you never know what other people overseas are going through,” Jacob V. said.

After completing Basic his job title is a 12 Charlie US Army Combat Engineer. It is one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the Army. He hopes to be deployed after attending college on a soccer scholarship. 

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