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Profile Series: Coyote JROTC students join the military

Although there’s no requirement that JROTC cadets join the military upon high school graduation, many Coyote cadets choose to do just that. Having this experience in high school leads to a smoother transition into the armed forces.

To celebrate these cadets joining a branch of the military, The Coyote Caller interviewed some of them to find out why they joined and how it affects their future plans.

Emma Valiente interviewed Abdou Kpelifiya, who plans to join the Army as a tanker; and Kaden Freeland, who plans to join the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate.

Emma Valiente (EV): Why did you choose to join this particular branch or career area?

Abdou Kpelifiya (AK): It is bc he learned a lot from it and teaches him good experience and good for colleges to see and resume 

Kaden Freeland (KF): “It held a lot of opportunities and growth. The Army wasn’t a option, and the Air Force was never interested, but I love water.”


EV: How long do you plan to serve in the military?

AK: “I’m not sure.”

KF: “I plan to make it a full career or until they kick me out.”


EV: Do you plan on taking advantage of the free college opportunity to get a degree? If so, which degree will you seek?

AK: “Yes. I want to get a bachelor’s degree.”

KF: “100 percent to use that to get a biology and retire as a zookeeper.”


EV: Do you have a parent who has served in the military? –  –  Which branch and for how long?

AK: “My Dad served for 15 years.” 

KF: “My uncle, my dad, and my brother all served.”


EV: Why is it important to you to serve in the military?

AK: “I want to give back to the country that helped me financially.” 

KF: “It’s an opportunity to grow and you’re thrown into places you’re uncomfortable with. It will make me adapt to it and grow.”

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