New Club Ensures Hawaii Job Corps Students Interested in Joining the Military are Ready

After graduation, most young men and women who enroll in Job Corps join the workforce with national certifications, ready to succeed. Some however go on to higher education and others join the military to serve their country and further develop their career path.

At the Hawaii Job Corps Center, a new club will help students interested in joining the military ensure they’re ready for the physical and mental challenges associated with military service. The Military Club gives young men and women the opportunity to learn, in detail, about all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The club, led by four veterans, also teaches students about the many job opportunities within each branch and what might be a good fit depending on the students’ personal interests and skills learned at Job Corps.

“We hope through the establishment of the military club, more of our students will gain insight into military life and its expectation,” says staff advisor Sal Torres.

The center conducts physical-fitness classes three days a week and a classroom session every other week. Staff discuss career opportunities within the military and answer any questions students may have. The club also plans weekend outings that are physically challenging and conducts a military fair twice a year to allow students to speak with recruiters from all branches of the military.

“I always had an interest in the military,” says student Jacob Tanaka, “so I joined the club when I started Job Corps. It has really helped me with the physical fitness aspect. I recently took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam and earned a score to qualify me for the Air Force. I’m looking forward to a successful future thanks to Job Corps.”