2-in-10. These numbers may not be significant to you, but here's why they should be.
Only 2-in-10 actually qualifies to enlist in the United States Armed Forces.
The army requires all soldiers have a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a criminal background check, have superior scores on aptitude tests, and pass physical fitness testing.
Only 20 percent of people ages 18 to 24 meet the necessary standards to try and enter our United States military.
Warrant officer candidate Dillon Mitchell is one of the 2 in 10.
“I joined to push myself to a whole other limit. Getting away from that 9-5 job and doing something different,” says Mitchell.
He joined the United States Army in 2007 as an aircraft mechanic, but Mitchell didn’t stop there.
“I wanted to become a leader, and I wanted to become a pilot.”
Now Mitchell is in Warrant Officer Candidate school at Fort Rucker.
He applied for the program as he was being deployed to Iraq two years ago, and it pushed his acceptance back.
Mitchell says, “I kept on it, and kept on everybody else. Worked with all of my superiors so I would get a good rec and everybody would push for me to get here.”
That support paid off. Now that he’s in the program, Mitchell is being trained in leadership, tactics, army customs, and more.
“It gives me some personal pride, and makes me feel like I should just push myself and be able to support the people who support the military. I need to do my best at it and show that I’m a leader and be good for my team,” he says.
A team he encourages others to join.
“I actually talked several of my friends in to joining because they’ve seen what the military has given me a good lifestyle, good friends, just a good brotherhood between everybody. It’s given me a lot of confidence in myself.”
As for his future, Mitchell says he plans to make aviation a lifelong career. He wants to retire as an aviator.
When he's not in uniform he likes to spend his time outdoors and working with cars, four wheelers and motorcycles.
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