Stonington — Stonington Excessive Faculty senior Jacob Cannon admits he was simply a mean pupil and athlete throughout his 4 years on the college.
“I used to be type of in the midst of every part,” he stated at some point earlier this month whereas sitting on the deck of his Pawcatuck residence.
However that’s provided that you low cost the truth that he is about to turn out to be an Eagle Scout, an achievement that solely 4% of Boy Scouts attain.
When it got here time to make his post-graduation plans, the 18-year-old Cannon stated he didn’t wish to simply sit in a classroom, one thing he described as boring.
“Faculty isn’t actually my factor. I didn’t actually wish to go to school,” he stated. “I don’t like sitting down. I like hands-on courses.”
So in February he enlisted within the Military, the place he’ll prepare to be a fight medic.
He’s scheduled to ship out July 15 for 12 weeks of primary coaching at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, adopted by 18 weeks of medical coaching at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. He’s already begun on-line coaching.
“I knew I needed to assist folks. I had just a little little bit of medical coaching with the Boy Scouts and I feel it is going to be cool to find out about how every part within the physique works,” he stated. “I really feel like I can maintain somebody.”
He stated his Military medic expertise will put together him to enter the medical area following his service and the Military will assist pay for school. His preliminary dedication is for 4 years.
“I needed to do one thing I might do afterward once I get out of the Military,” he stated about his selection of Military jobs.
Cannon stated he got interested within the army after he spoke to an Military recruiter whereas attending the highschool’s annual faculty truthful. He stated he went to a recruiting workplace in Groton to seek out out extra earlier than mentioning his plans to his mother and father.
“At first, we had been frightened. One minute you are taking them out of a automotive seat and the subsequent minute they’re telling you they wish to be a soldier. It took time to heat as much as it,” stated Cannon’s father, Jerry.
“He needed to speak us into it,” added his mom, Pamela. “It is taken just a little time however we’re extraordinarily proud.”
She additionally identified to her son that one other factor that’s about to vary is his shoulder-length hair.
Cannon stated that when he first obtained a written record of attainable Military positions he might prepare for, nothing instantly jumped out at him. However when he checked out one other record on-line, he noticed the medic job. He additionally thought-about working with hazardous supplies or being a army police officer.
As for the place he will likely be primarily based after coaching, Cannon has no thought.
“I can go to any unit besides an airborne unit,” he stated. “It could possibly be a hospital, a base or an infantry unit.”
Cannon, who stated he has by no means left New England, stated he might even be assigned abroad.
“I’d prefer to see the world,” he stated about one other attraction of the army.
Wherever he finally ends up, he stated he’ll make sure that to go to his hometown.
“I’ll at all times wish to come again and see how issues have modified,” he stated. “I’ll undoubtedly go to every time I can.”