Emily Richards – News Editor
Fellow Delaware County JROTC members gathered last Friday afternoon to watch Olentangy senior, Austin Thomas, swear into the United States Marine Corps.
“It’s my oath of enlistment saying that I passed all physical, moral, and mental tests to start my path to become a U.S. Marine,” an excited Thomas explained. His current ship-out date is July 21, 2014. He will travel to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina to complete basic training.
Thomas looks forward to participating in this training, but mostly to completing it so that he can proceed along the track to becoming a Marine. Following basic training, he will attend the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Thomas’s involvement in the JROTC program can be accredited to his ongoing interest in joining the Marines. He believes that joining the program was one of the best decisions he has ever made. “It’s the reason I get up in the morning to go to school,” Thomas said. “I love it.”
Four years later, Thomas is able to reflect back on his time in the program and acknowledge all of the hard work, effort and dedication he contributed to attain his current position. “I just put in 110% every time,” Thomas said. He also took part in hours of volunteer work and recruiting.
“I chose the United States Marine Corps because I truly believe that the Marines are the best of the best,” Thomas said. “No one is tougher, truer, or more honorable, and nothing would honor me more than to be a part of that tradition.”