Blue Ridge Students Plan a Future with the Military

Photo by: Alec Martin

By: C.W. Smith/Staff Writer

People’s ideas for their future are seldom like everyone else’s. Some know from childhood what they want to do with their lives, others change careers as adults, but junior Will Dixon says he has always known what he wants to do, join the military.

“My dad was in the Army for  22 years, my grandfather was in the Marines for 25, and my uncle was in the Navy for 15 years. When I was growing up I heard a lot about the benefits of being in the military, and I heard everyone’s stories, their memories.”

At the end of April, 2019, Dixon will be oathed into the Army as a recruit, also known as a soldier in training. Dixon will leave for boot camp when school gets out in June, and will be an official soldier before his senior year begins. He hopes to train as a diesel mechanic and would also like to be a fireman.

“Joining the military is really an ideal career. They pay for my housing, my training and my health insurance, and they train me for a career,” says Dixon.

Dixon is not the only Blue Ridge student considering a military career. The following seniors are either officially committed or about to be committed to a branch of the U.S. military: Victor Armondi (Army), Allyssa Johnson (Air Force), and Nathaniel MacArthur (Navy). Juniors interested in the military include Hunter Chase (Army) and C.W. Smith (United States Marine Corps.). Sophomore Thomas Gibson plans on joining the Army Rangers.

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