Future Soldiers get taste of military life
April 23, 2013
Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center - The U.S. Army Recruiting Command in coordination with the US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, held a guidance and educational event, 6 Apr, to allow future Soldiers and Family members to familiarize with the expectations of the military life and to have a moment of recreation and camaraderie.
With high unemployment rates nationwide, many young citizens in Puerto Rico look at the military service as an alternative for a more stable future. However, not all citizens are aware of the multiple steps and high standards to qualify to join the US Army.
The process to join the military is highly rigorous, as it not only requires top physical fitness, but also to take and pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, to pass a Military Entrance Processing Station medical examination, to have and maintain a satisfactory credit records, and to be subject to unannounced drug and alcohol tests, among other requirements.
"It is a good opportunity to acquire values and grow as a person; it could help you achieve your goals in life." said Olwens Gonzalez a native of Utuado, PR, one of the future US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Soldiers, who will be traveling to basic training in the upcoming months.
During the event, current Soldiers from the US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico displayed specialized military equipment and explained how it operates. In addition, the future Soldiers practiced their drill and ceremony knowledge and skills. They also conducted physical fitness activities to promote teamwork skills and physical conditioning.
"The Army opens doors for you; it helps you in your future. It makes a better person out of you; it makes you feel part of something bigger," said Anthony Otero Class, a native from Morovis PR.
Many of the future Soldiers, who are in the process of joining Army Reserve-Puerto Rico units, had the opportunity to meet Brig. Gen. Fernando Fernandez, senior Army Reserve officer in the Caribbean.
Since 1922 troops and Families from Puerto Rico have answered the Nation's call in every critical moment of our history, both in the combat and the humanitarian fronts, displaying an unmatched strength of character and determination.