Future Soldiers Get Glimpse of Army Before Basic Training

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Future U.S. Army soldiers join together with Recruiters for a Future Soldier Training event on the beach Saturday morning.

The young men and women are from local areas in Florida and Alabama, but they were required to come to this mandatory training event on the beach.

These are quarterly events that not only get them out of their element, but SFC Justin Teston, who planned the event, said it gives them a small glimpse into what the Army is about before they leave for basic training.

To spark up some competition, the Recruiters split the future Soldiers into groups -- Flordia vs. Alabama.

They competed in different replays including: low crawl, pull-ups, and even dragging a zodiac across the beach.

Even though the recruiters were happy the sand upped the competitions, Teston explained that these events aren't always on the beach.

"We do take them up to Fort Rucker, we take them out to Blue Springs up in Marianna, we do all kinds of stuff it just varies from each quarter where we want to do it and where we think the future soldiers would gain the most from it," he said.

Unfortunately the event ended earlier than planned because of bad weather, but Teston said they still accomplished the goal of the event.

"We build a lot of comradery between them and it also reinforces their internal commitment that they've made to the Army, they're decision that they have made because it shows them that other people have made the same decision," he said.

If you see one of these events, Recruiters say you shouldn't hesitate to talk to them -- or you can stop by one of the Recruiter Offices in Panama City or Marianna. 


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