Seniors Serving Our Country

They say it’s a calling that few will hear and even fewer will choose to do anything about. Those who do choose to follow, stick out above the rest of the crowd. They are leaders, in the classrooms and on the playing fields. They are strong; they push themselves harder than others to achieve more. They are courageous, they dare to try new things and are constantly pushing their limits. They are determined; they constantly set goals and do whatever it takes to reach them. They are soldiers in the United States Armed Forces.

At Brashier Middle College, students have heard that call and they’ve chosen to do something about it.

Senior Kevin Weatherly plans to take ROTC for the Air Force at either Clemson University or Charleston Southern University.

“I think that the mentality of always wanting to advance yourself as a person more than just academics, just the whole mindset that Brashier gives you, that’s kind of what has led me towards wanting to advance myself in that way,” says Senior Kevin Weatherly.

Senior Jamie Berggrun has already enlisted in the U.S. Army. However, he doesn’t think that his time at Brashier necessarily prepared him for military service.

“I think going to this school really turns someone away from that career. Although we have a dress code and it’s a little more academically strenuous, everything here is basically handed to you. Instead of finding the tools you need to succeed, they are practically handed to you on a silver platter.”

Choosing the branch best for them was a tough decision for these seniors. Each branch has something different but specific to that branch to offer. Not everyone can be in the Army, and not everybody can be in the Air Force or Navy. What someone chooses is based on preference of what the branch offers and if they can meet those physical and academic standards.

When asked why he chose the Army Infantry, Berggrun says, “love of the country and job security.”

Weatherly says, “It’s kind of a family history, with my dad’s side of the family. They’ve all been in the military and now it’s my time.  Also, I think it can teach me a lot about dedication, hard work, and patriotism.”

With each military career, a contract must be signed stating how long you will serve with a minimum of 4 years. You can re-sign a longer contract after the first one is up and you can keep re-signing as many times as you choose but you must complete each term before you re-sign or retire.

Senior Avery Hellams says, “I just signed an 8 year contract with the Army National Guard and plan to re-sign after that term is over.”

Berggrun says he thinks he’ll be in the Army for a while.

“Until they kick me out, I guess. I don’t see any reason to want to get out.”

Pursuing a career in our armed forces is a lifelong dedication, but for those who dedicate their lives to the military, it’s a lifelong passion.

“I’m doing this because it’s what you’re supposed to do I’m doing it because it lives inside of you; its duty its honor. Join the military, not for the uniform, not for the money, which is nice, ‘cause you do get a lot of both of those.  Join because you’re doing something that thousands of men before you have done, and the only reason that you can even make the decision to do it, is ‘cause they did it. And now you’re doing it so that the next generation can look back and say the same thing about you. You do it because it’s what you’re supposed to do,”  Berggrun says.