Macy Manchester ‘18 & Kayla Kieleszewski ‘18: When seniors think about what they plan to do after high school, most say they want to attend college and earn a degree. However, there are a few exceptions to this stereotype: those who choose to enlist in the military. Senior, Nicolas Cucchiara, is among the select few who decided to enlist in the Army to pursue a career in airborne infantry.

“I chose to enlist in the Army because it had the choice of airborne infantry with the opportunity to move up to special forces,” Cucchiara said.

Cucchiara enlisted last month and is already counting down the days until he starts boot camp, June 16, 2018.

Once Cucchiara finishes boot camp, he will start to specialize in the airborne infantry field.

“I want to be apart of the Army’s airborne infantry for the rest of my life,” Cucchiara said. “I want to be apart of the airborne infantry because it will put me through training to get into special forces and I get to jump out of planes which is pretty cool.”  

When you’re in the Army, moving from country to country, or city to city, happens quite frequently.

“I am most excited to travel the world and make a difference in other countries,” Cucchiara said.

Cucchiara can not wait for what his future has in store for him while taking on airborne infantry as a part of the U.S. Army.

Making a similar decision, is Kenneth Borycz ‘18, who after looking a several different branches of the military, chose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force.

“I chose to join because of the opportunities it will give me,” Borycz said. “I also get to honor and serve my country.”

Borycz enlisted in October and begins training in June 2018. There, he participates in basic training for eight and a half weeks, then Borycz heads off to tech school. At tech school, Borycz hopes to hold a job and later earn a degree.

After training, multiple careers exist for new recruits, anywhere from an airplane pilot to a nuclear chemist. Borycz plans to pursue journalism and with that comes the perk of traveling.

“I am really looking forward to the travel experience I am going to have,” Borycz said.

Along with Borycz, several other students from Romeo High School intend to enlist and serve their country after graduation. We wish them all the best of luck and safe travels.

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