Benjamin Logan High School math teacher Jamie Hughes participated in the Educator-Guard 101 event that took place at the Army Aviation Support Facility, part of the Rickenbacker Military Enclave, in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Hughes said the event was a day that local recruiters were able to showcase the Army and Air Force National Guard to high school staff, who then in turn take the information and literature back to their respective schools.
“It included a history of the National Guard, a Blackhawk ride, laser range practice, and a chance to look at the weapons used by the guard. Information on the GI Bill and other educational opportunities for high school students were also presented.
“It was very well done by the National Guard, and greatly informative as a teacher, and as a father of a junior, for the opportunities and programs that they offer and provide.
“In my classes, I shared pictures, the experience, and a little information about my experience for the day.”
The National Guard serves as the reserve component of the U.S. military and serves both the state and nation.
National Guard soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college/job skills training; and conduct military training part-time.
All National Guard members stand ready to respond to national or state emergencies at a moment’s notice.
Eligibility for the Ohio Army National Guard includes: between 17 to 35 years old, a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; be at least a junior in high school or have a high school diploma or GED certificate; achieve a minimum score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test; meet medical, physical and moral requirements.
For the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Tests, guard recruiters can schedule these free tests for high schools that request them. The tests identify 10 aptitude areas that qualify students for specific jobs in the Guard and are also useful for overall career planning.
The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program includes 100 percent tuition to public colleges in Ohio and the state average toward tuition at private universities. It also covers the cost of trade certification, credential-certifying or licensing programs at participating public colleges.
Benjamin Logan High School math teacher Jamie Hughes joined in the Educator-Guard 101 event among a number of fellow educators Nov. 16. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)