By: Hannah Huff
When you ask seniors where they are going after the finish their high school carrier, most will say they plan on attending college. But for one senior, he has chosen to go into the Marines and serve his country.
On January 12th, senior Jeremy Gutterman swore into the Marines. His family was there to witness the memorable occasion. “I joined the Marines because my grandfather was a Marine back in World War II and the Korean War,” says Gutterman. “It basically runs in my blood.”
His family was very supportive of him joining. “They really wanted me to go to college first but understood that I didn’t want to go the college route. So they have my back all the way and that’s all I could ask for.”
Gutterman plans on becoming an Aviation Electrician for the Marines. He will be “making sure the radar and computer systems are working correctly on the aircrafts.”
He signed an eight-year contract with the Marines. It entitles him to spend five of those years as an active duty soldier, living on bases and deployed wherever they need him. Then, the next three years, Gutterman will spend them as an inactive duty soldier. This means he can live at home and get a job not related to the military. However, if they need him to come back up as an active duty soldier, he may do that, as well.
With Gutterman’s football background, his teammates are sure he will succeed in the program. Teammate Zach Chandler stated, “I think he will do great and his discipline will definitely transfer to the Marines.”
College isn’t out of the picture for Gutterman with him swearing into the Marines. He states, “I plan on doing online school for college. Or if that doesn’t work out, I will go to University of Louisville when I get out of the service.”
Gutterman will leave for boot camp on September 10th of this year. The training is a 12-and-a-half-week course located in Parris Island, South Carolina.
It will be a long and hard journey for Gutterman, but his friends and family believe in him. Support our troops, Male. Support Jeremy Gutterman.