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Senior Jacob V. in uniform.

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,” said Jacob V.

 Over the 2018 summer Jacob got to further pursue his dream of becoming a U.S 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,” said Jacob V.

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 they would wake up at around 4:30 a.m. to start workouts, after workouts eating breakfast was a must to help through the day, after breakfast they would change into their uniforms and get their training’s done. Workouts occurred again after dinner. They were 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 there was nothing like it,” said Jacob V.

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

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

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 he had a whole new perspective on life.

“Be grateful for what you have because you never know what other people overseas are going through,” Jacob V. said.

As of now his job as a 12 charlie is one of the top 10 most dangerous in the Army and he hopes to get deployed after attending college on a soccer scholarship. Always remember to thank the people who do the most for your safety.

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