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Students that were once high school drop outs have turned their lives around at the National Guard’s Patriot Academy. A place where deserving applicants are given a second chance for a high school diploma, the academy is all about graduating individuals that contribute to their communities and are excited about the notion of service. Although not a traditional high school experience it is a place where individuals that deserve that second chance can grow and be exposed to learning experiences that a GED cannot provide. Recently, the students had their first field training exercise that took place at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. We can think of this as a field trip that involved AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. Students participated in a variety of missions throughout the field training exercise and were also placed in leadership positions to test and sharpen their skills. As the student soldiers move forward with the program they are given additional leadership responsibilities.
This innovative program created by the National Guard is a great way to offer more opportunities to those that are looking to continue advancing even if they had a rough start to begin with. More information on the Patriot Academy can be found in this blog post: