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“People do not appreciate the service some do for our country the way that they should,” said Jackie Bracale, South substitute teacher.

Everyone has different views on our country’s military and all of the students from South are related to that topic in some way. Having a certain opinion of those lifestyles are inevitable and the feelings students and faculty vary.

Bracale comes from a large military family with her dad and her sister in the Navy, her brother in the Army, and her grandfather whom served as a lieutenant colonel. They moved around a lot throughout her childhood, but she got to experience a lot in her journey.

“Being a part of a military family is so different, but I was so used to it because it was all I knew; it was all we knew,” said Bracale.

Traveling to Hawaii to Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, and Florida, she and her family made their way around the United States in order to serve our country. Bracale never got to experience being in the military herself, because of some medical issues she had a child, but she would have joined the Army in an instant if she could have.

According to Bracale, the military is something we need to respect and support, but there aren’t many people that give them the support the need and that is the real issue with today.

Along with Bracale, Lauren Bryant, freshman, is a military brat and she is proud to say her father serves as first Sergeant in the Air Force and a step-mother that it the Air Force Chief.

“I am proud of him, but it is scary sometimes to think he may not come home,” said Bryant.

Throughout South, there are many kids that plan on enlisting in the military. These students would include seniors Matthew Robbins and Brittany Coffey.

Robbins has aspired to go into the Air Force Academy since he was in the fourth grade. His brother is a Sergeant in the Army and has influenced him to serve, but his love for airplanes led him in the direction of Air Force.

“It is incredibly difficult to get into the Academy, but that is my goal and what I am working toward,” says Robbins.

Coffey has enlisted in the Marines and is a part of a military family as well. Her reasons for being so driven to join are rather personal, but “impacting in such a way that has lead me [Brittany] to better myself.”

“No matter what you do, do not let anyone steer you away from what you really want to do, but keep your options open and choose carefully. There are so many branches and positions you can enlist in, it’s amazing,” said Coffey.

The halls of South go further than just those who aspire to do greatness, there are also many faculty members that have already served and hope to inspire others.

Jennifer Wilson, chemistry teacher, was a member of the Air Force when she was 26. She was struggling a financial wise during her “quarter-life crisis,” so she figured the benefits of the Air Force would help out with tuition that needed to be paid off.

“Do not trust recruiters, they will only try to sell you on the whole idea; it is best to talk to someone who has already served and will be honest with you. I say that if you’re willing to serve, you will have fun,” said Wilson.

This advice was common from those who have served and of those wanting to serve, but some weren’t as lucky to know this before enlisting.

Former South students have enlisted recently and one in particular is good friends with South’s very own Chase Landry. Landry says that his friend didn’t think before signing up and feels like he is in over his head.

“The military life isn’t exactly for me, but I am grateful for those that serve us and if I had to, I would consider being in the Coast Guard,” said Landry.

The military is a part of our everyday life in South, and in our country.