Corpsman to Doctor
One man's journey from enlisted to officer
It started with a television commercial in 1999 that had a simple slogan: "Let the journey begin."
He had recently moved from Jamaica to Maryland and was trying to figure out his future. As he sat on his couch, a commercial for the U.S. Navy came on and happenstance stepped in.
"It could have easily been a commercial for the Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force, but at that time it was Navy, Hannam said. "That is all it took. That commercial came on and I knew I wanted to join the military."
He admits now, he had a limited knowledge of military life but he knew he wanted to work in medicine. The recruiter suggested the rate of hospital corpsman. Then he took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
"I had just passed the ASVAB and the recruiter looked at me and said, 'Your score is really good. Do you want to try for something else?'" Hannam recalled. "I said, 'I want to be a corpsman.'"