Six High School Seniors Set Course with U.S. Navy

Story Number: NNS040624-09Release Date: 6/24/2004 4:08:00 PM
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By Journalist 1st Class Candice Hale, Navy Recruiting District Denver Public Affairs

DENVER (NNS) -- Six high school seniors, all friends from Bennett High School in Colorado, took the oath of enlistment together at Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Denver.

Brandon Bernard, Holly Finnesy, Nicole Finney, Jason Hawthorne, Garrett Hull and Amanda Langley scheduled their entrance processing at the Military Entrance Processing Station together and came out as shipmates, all prepared to ship to boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., in June of 2005.

"We don't even know how it happened," said Bernard. "We all just came to the same individual decision at the same time, and I'm sure we'll stay real tight throughout the whole process."

Bernard chose to become an operations specialist in the Navy, with an option of Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land Special Forces) training. His friends took various jobs, including air crewman, hospital corpsman and cryptologist.

The group's Navy recruiter, Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) James Witts of Navy Recruiting Station Aurora, is excited for his close group of Delayed Entry Program members.

"They get to graduate high school together as friends and they're scheduled to ship to boot camp at the same time," he said. "The experience of boot camp is such a growth process; it'll be a great thing for these kids to go through it with their pals along for the ride."

When asked what motivated them to choose the Navy, they all cited the Navy's world travel opportunities, 100 percent tuition assistance and high-tech job experience as big decision-making benefits.

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