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Yesterday I had a meeting with two Marines about furthering my career in the Armed Forces. My friend Jackson Tharp had given Staff Sergeant Jeffries my phone number and he contacted me about a week ago about joining the Marines. I have always had an interest in serving, but I never took action until Jackson gave me the opportunity.

Last week the band had a practice on Wednesday night. Afterwards, Jackson talked to all the seniors about joining the Marines, and it really sparked my interest in serving the great country we all know and love. So I told Jackson he could give my number to the recruiter. The next day I got a text from Staff Sergeant Jeffries. He asked me some basic questions and then we tried to arrange a time to meet. Eventually, Staff Sergeant Jeffries gave me a call before football practice on Thursday and we arranged to meet on Monday during my study hall in fourth period.

With about three minutes left in my third period class, I was told to go down to the front office. I get there and there stands the two Marines. I introduced myself and we walked to the athletic office so we could use the press conference room. We sat down and got  talking immediately. From the get go, Staff Sergeant Jeffries was asking me questions. They were all valid questions about my future and what I had planned for after high school. Eventually, we got to the point where my interest in joining really sparked. They explained the retirement programs and how many benefits I get. The fact that I can serve for twenty years and then retire with full benefits is amazing to me. My dad is self-employed and technically he receives full benefits, but he has to pay for everything out of pocket. My parents have always known that I have had the thought of enlisting in the back of my head, but I never acted on it because I was never presented the chance. Now that I have the chance to take action and serve my country, I have more and more thoughts about it flowing through the crazy place known as my brain.

I would like to thank the school for letting me arrange a meeting and for letting me hold the meeting in the press conference room. The conference room was a perfect location for the meeting because it was very quiet. The Staff Sergeants and I didn’t have to talk over anyone and that made it very easy to understand the questions he was asking me. I would like to thank Jackson Tharp for giving me the opportunity to act on the thoughts in the back of my head. Most of all I would like to thank the two Marines for coming in and talking to me about serving my country. While I would like to say I am going into the Marines, I really can’t yet because I still need to consider the rest of my options before I throw all my eggs in one basket.  

 

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4 Responses to “Taking Action”

  1. Ashli Key on August 22nd, 2018 11:17 am

    Wow, this article is really neat! I like the way you expressed your confusion with life, but at the same times you were taking the correct procedures in figuring out your path. You really put your heart into this article, and I can tell. I wish you the best in what you choose for your future, and if you go into the Marines, good luck and stay strong!

  2. Robert Fitch on August 22nd, 2018 12:11 pm

    Hey alex I really like this story you did a really great job of explaining the interview and how they expressed their answers to you great job alex.

  3. Kelsey Wise on August 23rd, 2018 7:48 am

    Really great article! Both of my brothers were recruited by Staff Sergeant Jeffries and I think it’s awesome that you found out something you want to do with your life. Not everyone can say that they are brave enough to become a Marine. The whole experience is really cool and I hope you do well. Really great article.

  4. Dixon Collins on August 23rd, 2018 2:31 pm

    I’m thrilled you are giving it a shot in the military. I think you will absolutely love and and best of luck. I like how you described how you got interested in joining the military. Great article!

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