Coming back to school is harder for some than it is for others. Some of the students who have the hardest time getting into the school routine are the juniors, now seniors, who went to basic over the summer.
“It actually kinda sucks to be honest, because for the past few weeks I’ve been getting up early and just being active instead of just sitting in a classroom all day,” said senior Austin Johnson, National Guard enlistee.
It can be stressful to make the transition back home. With the support of family and friends the enlistees can make a smooth transition and get back to normal. Sometimes it is easy because of the people around them who are willing to help. Like, teachers who are like drill sergeants.
“I still have a lot of teachers breathing down the back of my head like the Drill Sergeants breathing down my back,” said senior Dakota Willis, National Guard Enlistee.
When they leave they know things are not going to be the same when they come back. They never know how much is going to change. Enlistees have to prepare for the things that have changed by the time they get back.
“It sucks because my group of friends I used to hang out with treat me differently now,” Willis said.
The training those who chose to serve go through is intense. It makes it strange to come home. Although, through the experience they grow and become more mature.
“To be back it kinda feels like my old life, but since I’ve been at basic I’ve become more mature than what I was before, and it’s just weird. To be back around people who are immature that it’s just annoying,” Johnson said.
Being away from their family is hard. Their family is their support system, so when they see them for the first time after being gone for so long there is a lot of emotions that come up.
“It felt amazing. I cried even though my dad told me not to, I cried,” Johnson said.
Basic training can help prepare them for unexpected events that happen. It can also help them get into shape, so they can run faster and for longer periods of time.
“Well, I know how to access the situation I am in. I know how to respond to direct fire and move under fire, I know how to stop the bleed from a haemorrhage. My speed and endurance has increased. I can defend myself if needed and I can direct people on what to do and keep safe in the event of a shooting,” Willis said.
After all that training they get to return home and do things they used to do with their friends. Things like go to football games, basketball games and go to dances.