For some the dream to serve their country is an easy step to take in life, one most take for granted. For one young man, the dream almost didn’t come true. With perseverance, dedication and teamwork, however, David West will soon realize his dream of serving in the United States Army.
West, 20, entered the St. Robert Recruiting Station about nine months ago to embark on a journey that would fulfill his dreams. Those dreams were sidelined when West discovered he didn’t meet basic enlistment criteria because of his weight. This setback could have destroyed his dreams and set his feet on another path but West chose to make a change in his life.
Staff Sgt. Shawdelin Hall, the St. Robert Station Recruiting Commander told KY3 in Missouri, “West was assisted by a highly motivated recruiting team who encouraged and tracked his progress.”
Through diligence and hard work, West lost 110 pounds over nine months to meet the Army entrance requirements. He will be sworn into service at 10:00 today.
It was West’s spirit and warrior ethos that convinced the station to lend a hand in helping the young man realize his goals. Hall said, “West already embodies the Army value of personal courage, and he demonstrated the ‘I will never quit and never give up’ elements of the Warrior Ethos.”
Having experienced firsthand the cooperative spirit and brotherhood of those in the recruiting station, West is well prepared for his future as a soldier. His training as a combat engineer will begin on May 14 when he reports to Fort Leonard Wood or his One Station Unit Training. West’s journey serves as a reminder that in order to achieve our dreams, we only need reach deep within ourselves and reach out to others for assistance when we need it.