Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet Future Soldier Jonathan Callahan Soon to be an Army Infantryman

Future Soldier Jonathan Callahan

Jonathan Callahan, 18, joined the Army to be an Infantryman. He said he got the right job. “I want to do something to get my adrenaline going while at the same time do something for my country,” Callahan said. He also said he likes the idea of experiencing other cultures. He will start his training this Sept. at Ft. Benning, Ga.

Overview of Job

The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army. It’s also the starting point for many advanced schools such as: Special Forces, Airborne School, Ranger School, Sniper School, and Pathfinder School.

Job Duties

·        Defend the country against any threat by land

·        Capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat


Enlistees attend Infantry One Station Unit Training for 14 weeks, which primarily takes place in the field, as well as the classroom.

During training, they will list their specific infantry job preferences, although assignments are determined by the needs of the Army. Upon graduation from One Station Unit Training, they are assigned to one of the following infantry specialties:

·        Infantryman (11B)

·        Indirect Fire Infantryman (11C)

Helpful Skills

·        Possess tremendous discipline and high morale

·        Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger

·        Interest in light weapons and ground tactics

·        Ability to remain calm under stressful situations

If you are interested in pursuing this job or another U.S. Army job, call the Sgt. 1st Class Michael Tyo at 828-449-9458. Or stop by the Army Recruiting Center at 2001 East Dixon Boulevard in the Cleveland Mall in Shelby, N.C.

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