Auburn High 9th grader Mitchell Mashburn recently spent a day job shadowing at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. He’s always wanted to serve his community in some form, possibly as a fireman or police officer, or maybe as a member of the armed forces. His time with Major Joel Jackson has given him new insight on what military service means and what it offers him for the future.
What was the most important thing you learned from the experience?
The most important thing I learned would probably be the path I should take to become an officer. I didn’t know about that before I job shadowed, and it is very important for a military career.
What was the most surprising thing you learned?
That there are 17 sections in the Army, so there are a lot of different tracks you could take.
What was the coolest part of the day?
The last thing we did was go look at the M2 Bradleys [infantry fighting vehicles]. They let me hop in and see what it was like. I definitely want to drive one of these one day!
Would you encourage other teens to at least explore military career options for themselves?
Yes, other teens should at least look into it. You never know if you don’t ask!
P.S. The Army has really cool swag! I got a backpack, cups, a great survival tool and other things.