Opportunity for students in military involvement

Chandler Foster

Since its establishment in 2003, HHS has been visited regularly by military recruiters. Recently, the recruiters have begun incorporating technology into their visits.
These visits have educated students about a future in the military, filled with science, adventure, skill and more education.
The U.S. military provides many opportunities to America’s young men and women. But above the travel, pay and job security, sits the continuing education offered by the government to our Servicemen and women. Whether it be a college education or in-service training certification, the armed services can teach skills that are valuable in both military and civilian life.
Most students have heard of the GI Bill, a post-WWII piece of legislation that provides educational funds for veterans. What many people don’t know is that in President Bush’s final months of 2008, a Post-9/11 GI bill was passed to extend education opportunities for soldiers. The act provides full tuition to any serviceperson, or dependents, who has served 36 months of active duty service to the US Military, following 9/11.
Students can also receive ROTC scholarships so that they can go to college before joining the military. The Navy offers a four-year scholarship with full tuition, textbooks, and an appreciating monthly stipend for all four years. Following this program, students will join the Navy as an Ensign with a five-year commitment or the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant with a four-year commitment.
Additionally, many veterans clubs and other charities provide scholarships for both veterans and aspiring members of the armed forces. Each year, the VFW offers thousands of dollars for an essay contest, while the American Legion and The Military Order of the Purple Heart provide need based scholarships to veterans and their families.
Another educational opportunity provided by the military is in-service certification.
“Depending on your MOS, they will be training you to do that type of work,” sophomore Colton Hornstra stated.
This training goes beyond the military though.
“You can actually implement that in real-life resumes and stuff, after your term of enlistment,” Hornstra said. Divers, mechanics, pilots and infantrymen all carry safety and specialty certifications that can be used commercially or for law enforcement in the civilian world.
“There’s a lot of opportunities out there if you want to join,” Hornstra said in summary. We will watch his career with great interest.
Joining the military can provide many opportunities to continue education following high-school. Both public and private scholarships can provide aid, or on the job experience can prove valuable in the future.


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