Photo by: A. Morales. In the photo (L/R, SSG Bradley T. Martin, our Editor-in-Chief, M.C. Reyes, and Station Commander SSG Richard L. Williams.
By: M.C. Reyes
Winter Haven - When SSG Bradley T. Martin, who is originally from Roanoke, VA finished high school, he wanted to join the military, but his parents wanted him to experience life outside of high school first, which he did.... and he just didn't like it. So in September of 2008, he decided to join the military.
He enlisted originally as a 19K (M1 Abrams Armored Crewmember) before reclassifying to other jobs within the Army. He then went into artillery for a little bit before finding his home in the JAG Corps. Fast-forward 11 years, SSG Martin is one of the service members running the Army Career Center in Winter Haven. They recently re-opened their doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce to show the community that they are open for business and looking for great men and women who would like to be part of one of the best organization in the world, the U.S. Army, whose main motto is Army Strong.
When we asked SSG Martin what would he tell a young student who is thinking about joining the military straight out of high school, this is what he shared with us... "l would tell them to go for it. To do their time and give it 110% at whatever branch they choose to enlist into. However, I do suggest for them to join the U.S. Army since that's the branch I am part of. The truth is that joining the military will give them the foundation and structure that will help them stand out amongst their peers later in life."
When asked what was next for him, SSG Martin replied... "I am currently putting together my warrant officer packet to become a Legal Administrator in the Army. From there, I will work at the Division Level in the Staff Judge Advocate's Office. I also get my first look for promotion to Sergeant First Class next year. Once I get picked up for that, I will then become the NCOIC for a Brigade Legal Office."
As you can see, my friends, SSG Martin isn't just a service member doing his time... he is truly ARMY STRONG.
Today, we invite you to go and see their brand new office, so you can meet SSG Martin and to also learn more about the exciting careers in our armed services, and about the benefits that come from joining, which include college scholarships, student loan repayment, and enlistment bonuses (currently up to $40,000). Walk-ins are accepted, but if you would like to have a one-on-one meeting with one of their recruiters, it will be better if you schedule an appointment ahead of time.
You can visit them at 311 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven, or you can reach them via phone at (863) 292-0266. They can also be reached via social media at https://www.facebook.com/recruitwinterhaven/.