Victory Graduate, Currently at Navy’s Recruit Training Command
In a few days, I’ll be going into the Navy. I’m going to be doing logistics specialists for submarines. I decided to go into the Navy because i wanted to change my life and see the world and learn new things. The Durham Rescue Mission helped me to create a foundation for myself, and it gave me confidence in myself to pursue the military.
Going into the Navy was something I always wanted to do, but I kind of lost my way because I didn’t know if it was possible for me; but the Durham Rescue Mission gave me the courage to do it. I’m looking to be in the Navy for five years starting out; but, if I like it, then I’ll stay longer and make a career out of it.
My other options are to pursue college if the Navy doesn’t work out or while I’m in the Navy to build skill sets—so trade skills, culinary classes, language… all of that stuff.
My encouragement to anyone that’s given up or have lost hope is to just keep pushing forward, never give up. It gets better; I promise you. I was in that position for a long time. But just keep pursuing your goals, keep building your faith, and keep understanding what you are. It all starts with knowing your weaknesses; then you can build on your strengths.
I would recommend the Mission for anyone that wants to change their life because it is somewhere that you can use as a grounds to build a foundation. However, you need to be willing to seek that help. They don’t just give it to you. You need to have a hunger to improve.