HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Greater Richmond chapter of Our Community Salutes recognized more than 120 enlistees on Thursday who chose to enter the armed forces, the largest number of participants since the first enlistee recognition ceremony in 2016.
Adam Lambert, a Hanover High student, intends to serve in the Navy.
“We’re really putting forward our effort to do our part for our country,” Lambert said. “My dad, actually and my grandpa, I believe, both served in the Navy and I just like being on the waters, too.”
Many students view the military as a valuable option, as opposed to the pressure to attend a four-year university.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn lots of new skills and meet more people and a different variety of people than I would in college,” Lambert told 8News.
Teshawn McDaniel told 8News he plans to enlist in the Army after graduation.
“The military, you can still go to school and see if it’s not for you, you can still do military as your job,” McDaniel said. “Free medical, dental, school, then you get benefits.”
A Glen Allen High student, also a Navy enlistee, said serving the country will be a rewarding experience.
“It gives you a good head on your shoulders, teaches you respect, responsibility, and a lot of new skills that you wouldn’t have in the real world,” she said.