5 area 2018 Seniors are first to take new Army Bonus

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Lucas Ryder, a Junior Ellender High School, enlisted today as a Fire Support Specialist. He signed under the 2018 Senior Ship bonus, enabling him to earn up to $7500 after his Army Training.

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Today five High School Juniors enlisted into the U.S. Army, taking advantage of the new bonus of $500 a month they are in the Future Soldier Training Program, until graduation in 2018.

“This is a great program to help high school juniors think about what they would like to do before graduation to prepare them for life outside of high school, “said Sgt. 1st Class Allen Doggett, Slidell Army Recruiting Center Leader. “Another great benefit of this program is that students have more opportunities to get better jobs since it is 14 months in advance.”

Another $500 bonus is added after graduation, for a total of up to $7500, if the senior qualifies and completes the required Army training.

Lucas Ryder, a junior at Ellender High School, enlisted today as a 13F, Fire Support Specialist. The fire support specialist is primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team.

“I really want the experience the military has to offer and to do what less than 1% of the Nation is willing to do,” said Ryder. “I am following in my families footsteps.”

As far as the Senior Ship Bonus, he stated “It is a great perk for being in the program, and I know I have a secure job and benefits that come along with serving the United States.”

Kaylie Buck, a junior at Salmen High School, is enlisting as a 31K, Military Working Dog Handler.

Charles Prater, a junior at Booneville High School, enlisted today as a 13F, Fire Support Specialist. The fire support specialist is primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team.

Tanner York and Kameron Taylor, both from Tennessee and Mississippi, enlisted as 13M, or Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember.  They are responsible for operating and maintaining the entire multiple rocket system and support infantry and tank units by supplementing cannon artillery during combat.

“I have always wanted to join the military and I thought why not now,” said Prater.  “I always knew this is what I wanted to do.  The $500 a month is an added bonus to me.”

For more information, log on to http://www.goarmy.com

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