Military Career day held for local schools

5 Oct 2006 | Pfc. Ryan L. Young

The Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence held its 5th annual Military Career Day Sept. 28, to introduce students to military career options after high school.

Service members set up displays and spoke to students about a multiple of career options and opportunities the military has to offer.

Representatives from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard spent the day showing students different career fields such as military police, combat photographer, administration and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The displays included equipment from various jobs and hands-on activities, such as field radios and ARFF gear.

“Kids are showing an interest in what the military has to offer,” said Gunnery Sgt. Greg Harlan, the materiel chief and acting crash chief for Fightertown’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting.

Students from Jasper County High School, Thomas Heyward Academy and ACE attended the daylong event.

“This lets us know what is out there in the military,” said Amanda Williams, a senior at ACE. “Before this I didn’t know anything about the military, except that it existed.”

Thirty-two displays, including a Coast Guard rescue boat and an Apache helicopter were available for students to view. Recruiters also had displays to answer any service-specific questions the students may have had during the event.

“This demonstrates the availability of military occupations,” said Lt. Col. Walter Wierzbicki, the senior Marine instructor for Jasper High’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. 

“I don’t think students understand the skills they are learning now may give them an advantage in the military,” said Catherine Smith, the head director of ACE.

The career day was a great way to introduce high school seniors, who are not sure what they plan to do after graduation, to military opportunities, according to Wierzbicki.

“It’s nice to have the different services together so we can get a taste of what they offer,” said Joseph Fields, a JROTC senior at Jasper County High School.

The experience is focused on career awareness and will continue in that direction for years to come, according to Smith.

“There is nothing negative about this event,” said Harlan. “It’s entirely positive and I am looking forward to next year.”