KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Roy, U.S. Army Regional Correctional Activity-Europe, is in the early stages of his military career and recognizes the career opportunities in front of him.
Roy enlisted over two years ago from Brownwood, Texas as a corrections and detentions specialist and he believes his life changed for the better.
“I have improved my life dramatically since joining the military,” said Roy.
The U.S. Army Regional Correction Facility-Europe in Germany is Roy’s first duty station. He explains the profession of a Soldier to be fairly simple, consisting of following regulations and obeying general orders.
“It’s not complicated,” said Roy.
Before enlisting, Roy worked several jobs and moved around often.
“It’s better than any civilian job you will ever have,” is what Roy tells his friends back home.
Although Roy does not plan to leave the military anytime soon, he asked a police chief for advice and discovered his prior law enforcement experience combined with his Army experience will be sufficient for the police force.
“Now I have all kinds of job opportunities thanks to the Army.” Said Roy.
According to Roy's leaders, he is excelling above others in his unit and the only Department of Defense correctional facility in Europe. He was recognized by Maj. Gen. James Smith, commanding general, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, during a guided tour of the USARCF-E at Sembach Kaserne, Germany, Nov. 22, 2022.
Earning the next rank as non-commissioned officer is Roy’s immediate goal. Cybersecurity is another avenue he is considering after military service. Roy is currently enrolled in college and on track to complete a bachelor’s degree in cyber.