It’s their call of duty, patriotism, bravery and dedication that keep our future Penn Manor soldiers eager to protect our country by enlisting in large numbers every year.
This year is no different even though President Barack Obama has made the choice to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, a surge designed to end the conflict.
Students at Penn Manor who will be enlisting in the military after they finish high school will most likely be impacted by this decision and be some of those 30,000 who are shipped into combat.
“At Thanksgiving my aunt said she thinks joining the military would be suicide because of all the troops getting shipped off to Afghanistan,” said senior David Karabaich. “She also doesn’t believe we will be treated fairly because of the economy. I disagree entirely.”
Karabaich is just one of the many Penn Manor students who will be joining the Army Infantry after their high school graduation. Although some of his family members disagree with his decision to join the military, he is standing his ground.
Karabaich isn’t the only brave student getting ready to serve our country.
When Kenny Weidman, junior, learned of the Afghanistan troop surge he felt up to the challenge anyway.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said, “I just always wanted to do something for my country.”
Weidman is joining the Marine Corps and his way to prepare for fighting is to “stay in shape” and “get ready for basic training.”
But his mom is not as thrilled.
“She doesn’t want me go overseas. She doesn’t want something to happen to me.”
Those two recruits are content with President Barack Obama’s judgment, however another isn’t exactly a fan of the Commander-in-Chief.
Joe Gordon, a junior, who is most likely going into the Navy, isn’t scared of getting injured in the heat of battle; he believes that it “comes with the job,” but what really makes him turn and toss in bed, he said, is the president himself.
He said simply, he just doesn’t trust him.
Gordon’s sole purpose for joining the Navy is to support his college plans. If he gets a scholarship though, he most likely won’t enlist.
No matter what these future troops think of the decision to build up forces in Afghanistan, they will be fighting as one, standing by each other through the perils of war, struggling to keep a high morale, while defending the United States of America.
By Katlin Blake and Jake Shiner