Story and photos by Kerstin Lopez
Fort Carson Soldiers joined Sierra High School students in discussing the various jobs and roles servicemembers play in the military.
Several Soldiers from the Mountain Post and the Colorado Springs Recruiting Company spoke to high school students Feb. 17 about the many opportunities the Army offers.
Soldiers with the military occupational specialty of 68W, combat medic, demonstrated first-aid techniques and answered questions during their visit to the school.
“There are opportunities for medics all around the world,” said Sgt. Kyle Krull, 52nd Engineer Battalion.
A combat medic’s primary functions are saving lives, health care and ensuring the fighting strength is preserved – the actual war fighters, Krull said. Some jobs in the Army, such as the combat medic, have several missions other than deployment to include humanitarian and disaster relief.
“It’s not always fighting the fight and patching up bullet holes,” Krull said.
Krull said speaking to the high school students was a great chance for exposure and highlighting the different opportunities and jobs in the Army.
Terry Dunn, Sierra High School health teacher, said the interaction between Soldiers and students is beneficial.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our kids to understand the different professions that exist in the military,” Dunn said.
The curriculum of the health class can be applied to the real world, Dunn told the students.
“What you’ve learned in this classroom can be transferable to both post-secondary and workplace readiness. Workplace readiness includes places like the military.”
Recruiter Sgt. Bobby Martin said the Army offers more than 150 job opportunities with benefits such as money for college and health care. Bringing in Soldiers to interact with the high school students has become a beneficial program for the Powers Recruiting Station because it piques the interests of the students, he said.
“The program educates the younger population on a lot of the opportunities the Army has to offer. Most people think the Army is about kicking down doors, but there’s a whole lot more to it,” Martin said.
“It’s a great opportunity and all it takes is some time and commitment to the uniform,” Krull said.
Spc. Blake Anichini, 52nd Engineer Battalion, said sharing his knowledge and shedding light on the military has been a positive experience.
“I think it’s great. We’ve been doing this all week and I love it,” Anichini said. “We haven’t done anything in a little while that seemingly makes a difference, but we feel like we’re making some sort of difference on educating the kids on the opportunities.”
Spc. Angela Saylor, 52nd Engineer Battalion combat medic, said she never thought about the military as a possible career when she was in high school, and the weeklong visits with the students was a chance to present the Army as a job opportunity.
“It allows the kids to see some of the options available to them,” she said.