By Charlotte Hood, Assistant Section Editor
As students leave high school for the real world, all are met with the daunting task of deciding their futures: what to study in college, what career to pursue, etc. According to the New York Times, only 0.5 percent of them plan to go into the armed forces. From the 288 students of the Class of 2018, three of them plan to enlist after graduation.
Senior Marrina Guadagnino plans to serve in the Army Reserves in an administrative position as she attends college, following in the footsteps of her family, like her uncle who was a major in the infantry.
“My uncle inspires me in so many ways,” Guadagnino said. “He would talk to me about what he did in the military and it was interesting to me.”
Senior Anthony Gocinski hopes to attend the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., after high school, specifically in engineering or rescue swimming. His experience as a lifeguard has inspired his decision to enlist.
“I don’t want to have a normal desk job,” Gocinski said. “I want to go out and actually save people’s lives and make a difference.”
In all branches of the military, aspiring members must meet certain physical standards, requiring lots of time dedicated to reaching peak condition for service.
“Physical training is a must,” said senior Andrew Frasco, who plans to enlist in the U.S. Army Active Duty. “Two miles under 10 minutes, pushups, situps, all the physical needs to be in the United States Army.”
Guadagnino is currently training to meet the physical requirements to qualify her for enlistment, including those regarding weight.
“I’m eating a lot of food, so I can gain weight [to] meet the weight requirement,” Guadagnino said. “I’m going to start working out with my father and start running to meet all those physical requirements.”
Once they have met the requirements, members are enlisted and begin Basic Training to prepare them for service. Frasco said he needs to start preparing himself for the rigors of that initiation process.
“I plan to work on sleeping schedule because everyday you get up at four in the morning,” Frasco said. “Right now I’m getting up at around nine in the morning.”
Posted: Feb. 6