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Thomas “Tommy” Hall – Marine Corps
November 10, 2019
Eagle Eye: When and why did you decide to join the military?
Thomas Hall: “I joined the military a little over a year ago, in August of 2018. I joined because I wanted to prove to myself that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to and wanted to be able to provide for my future family. I also wanted to one up my dad who served in the Navy a long time ago.”
EE: Why did you choose the branch of the military you are in?
TH: “I joined the Marines because of the family feeling. If you ask any Marine, they will tell you that you don’t join the Marine Corps, you become a part of it. The brotherhood of the Marine Corps really appealed to me.”
EE: Tell us a little bit about your basic training experience.
TH: “My basic training experience wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t supposed to be. It was one of the greatest challenges I have had in my life, but looking back, it was all worth it. The things I had to learn and the way they shape you into a more well rounded and better person was my favorite part. They are there to test your boundaries, physically and mentally. I think by doing that, I have learned how much I can handle.”
EE: If you are in active duty, what is your experience so far?
TH: “My experience has been wild! I have had plenty of ups and downs, but over all, it isn’t too bad. It’s my first year in and I am on my first training experience. I’ve been away from my family for a little over three months now. It’s hard, but I think the distance makes the love grow stronger. The people are what makes it most enjoyable, but we do a lot of physical training and that kind of sucks.”
EE: What advice would you give for students thinking of joining the military?
TH: “Go in strong, make the best of it and always volunteer. Just do your best and try to enjoy it.”
EE: What are your future goals? What specific job in your branch do you hope to do?
TH: “My future goals are to become at least Sergeant in my first four years and I would really like to become a martial arts instructor in the Marines Corps.”