A day in the life of a soldier: High school students learn what it takes to be in the National Guard

Students get hands-on experience with weapons and high-tech equipment

By Jamie Perez | jperez@kcautv.com

Published 10/26 2016 04:29PM

Updated 10/26 2016 08:25PM

For students who have ever been curious about what it's like to be in the National Guard, they finally got the chance to take a walk in their shoes.
"This is an opportunity for high school students to put their hands on the equipment we use, experience some of the training, and really see what it's like to be in the national guard," says First Sergeant Mike Burton. 
Students got a first-hand demonstration of how to use weapons, cranes, trucks, and more through those who help protect and serve our country. 
Thanks to the soldiers who volunteered their time, students were able to learn about the various career opportunities they have after they graduate high school. 
"There's a lot of opportunity for the National Guard and we can do a lot of different things for the National Guard and for the country," says Jacob Kellen, Westwood High student. 
"It gives you different career opportunities just knowing that it's not just carrying a gun. They actually have other things here to do," says Ray Goodvin, Westwood High student.  
Some students say they've already considered the army as a career choice and having a career day with those who currently serve has inspired them to pursue this path. 
"This makes me want to do it even more because to me it seems fun to do it and it's something that I want to do," says Jordan Keck, Westwood High student. 
Those who are currently part of the National Guard say it's well worth it. 
"The best interaction I can have with people who are looking to join the National Guard is seeing their success and being able to watch their dreams come true," says David Collins, Recruiter.
"First it comes from within, so you've really got to push yourself to sign and do it but then from there you can do anything," says Riley McFarland, Private Second Class. 

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