FAIRBANKS, Alaska – There’s no doubt that Fairbanks is an armed service town, but it’s not just the Air Force and Army that’s becoming represented.
In this week’s ‘Military Report’, Julia Laude takes all of us to meet some local sailors plus marines.
The Army and Air Force have quite the existence here in Interior Alaska, but a possibility just soldiers and airmen becoming represented.
“What the Navy’s core values are, of honor, courage, commitment.”
“To be a Marine, not everybody can be a Marine. You have to earn it. To turn into a Marine you have to earn the name, it’s never given to you. inch
If you look down the Old Steese, you’ll see recruitment offices because of not only the Army and Air Force but also for the Navy and Marines.
“During initial visits, military employers will be looking at medical history, education degree and any criminal history.
You’ll furthermore receive other information like how long every training program is.
But if you want to make it to basic training or even boot camp, each recruit has to get and pass the written Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery check. ”
“You’ve got to make sure they’re qualified before we sit down and have another two hour long conversation.”
At basic coaching and boot camp, new recruits learn military history and discipline along with physical techniques including hand handy combat exercises and weapons dealing with.
In the Marines’ boot camp, new recruits actually get college credit score for different classes.
The Marines getting the longest training program, and with it comes intensive ordeals.
“The culminating event of boot camp, the last piece is called the crucible. The Crucible is a three day event in evolution in that everything you learned at boot camp, is tested in those three days so little sleep, little food and that way that’s testing you on mental toughness, whether that’s an obstacle you’ve got to get across with a team. Everything is involving you and everybody else, there’s no individuals in boot camp. That’s the time to show what you’ve learned and earn the title of Marine.”
For Station Commander, Sergeant First Class Eric Walker, his Army career helps your pet relate to others thinking about joining the particular armed services.
“I have a family too. Yeah, I’ve been deployed before. I went to training, I understand those apprehensions because I had the same apprehensions when I was enlisting.”
Chief Volz says those interested in joining the particular Navy should be aware of new changes starting this year.
“Everybody would come in and you didn’t have to pass a test for physical fitness except for anybody going for special programs like, S-W.C.C. [Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen], SEAL [“Sea, Air, and Land” Team], D.O.D. [Department of Defense] and diver, they would have to pass a prescreening and test prior to but now as of January 1st, as soon as you get to boot camp you now have to pass a mile and a half run. The other thing that they’re doing with that is, in boot camp, they want to start breaking individuals down as far as physical fitness and paring them up in groups together so they’re growing together.”
The earliest age at which people can enlist in any branch from the U-S military is 17 as the maximum age for most branches is usually 35.
This is Julia Laude reporting.