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Rising senior enlists in U.S. Army

Cardinal High School’s Anthony Ludlow forwent his summer vacation this year. The rising senior is currently in Columbia, South Carolina participating in the U.S. Army’s Basic Combat Training, or BCT, at Fort Jackson.

At roughly 613 miles from Middlefield, Anthony said this is the farthest he’s ever been from home, but added the allure of getting a jumpstart on his military career was too much to pass up.

“I joined the military because it offered me opportunities that I didn’t have at home,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to serve my country in some capacity.”

Anthony’s service began on June 6, when he left to begin his 10-week BCT program. According to Fort Jackson’s website, the installation is the U.S. Army’s main production center for BCT, training roughly 50 percent of all soldiers.

“I am excited to receive the kind of physical training the Army has to offer,” Anthony said. Following their two-and-a-half-month training, trainees will graduate and become official soldiers in the U.S. Army.

Following his Army graduation, Anthony will return to Cardinal High School for his senior year. Upon high school graduation in May of 2022, he will then leave for the Army’s Advanced Individual Training, or AIT, where he said he will learn to do the job that he has been given within the Army.

Once his AIT is complete, Anthony will be part of the U.S. Army Reserve and will drill with his unit once a month, unless activated for full-time duty. In addition, he would also be able to attend college to pursue a degree, all while serving his country. And it’s a service he hopes branches out into more than just a military career.

“I am interested in making a run at the Ohio House of Representatives while I’m in the Reserve,” Anthony said. “At the moment there is no end goal for the military, but I am always striving towards a better life. Although [BCT] will be difficult, it will probably be something I look back on with fondness.”

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