For the first time in the history of the JROTC program at Goochland High School, a student has earned an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies.
Senior Josh Usry, the Cadet Executive Officer of the Marine Corps JR OTC Program at Goochland High School, has been nominated to the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Service Academies, consisting of the Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy, exist to educate and commission officers in the United States Armed Forces. Acceptance into these prestigious institutions is among the most competitive of all colleges and universities. There are no associated costs for tuition, room and board, books, or uniforms for students who attend service academies.
"I am honored to have this opportunity, not only to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy but to have the opportunity to earn the right to lead our Nation's Coast Guardsmen," Usry said. If he chooses to accept the appointment, he will report to Swab Summer, the initial 8-week training for new Cadets, prior to the start of the Academic year. Usry intends to major in political science and government, and upon graduation, plans to be commissioned as an Ensign in the Coast Guard, where he hopes to serve with the Coast Guard's Drug Interdiction mission