Military recruit standard on rise

Once a week, three seniors from Whiteland Community High School check in with recruiters from the Navy and Marine Corps and account for how they’ve been spending their days.

Austin Stanley has enlisted in the Marines, and Heather Tinkle and Marcus Mattingly have joined the Navy. The three will leave for boot camp this summer, and they’re no longer considered civilians. Their recruiters want to be sure that they’re on track to graduate, and that they’ll be in shape when they arrive for basic training. So each week the three seniors check in about their classes and join other recruits for a workout.

Stanley, Tinkle and Mattingly knew by the time they were in middle school they wanted to join the armed forces. Stanley and Mattingly both have relatives who have served, and both are considering staying in the military for 20 to 30 years — Stanley as a member of the infantry, Mattingly as air rescue swimmer. Tinkle, who will become a corpsman — a Navy medic — hopes the military will help her pay for college and medical school.

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