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State officer sees FFA as stepping stone to ROTC

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State officer sees FFA as stepping stone to ROTC

National Guardsman Landon Bailey (from left), 2018-2019 Indiana FFA State Sentinel Jarrett Bailey and National Guardsman Joshua Myers stand next to a Christmas tree during the 2018 Trees for Troops event at Dull’s Tree Farm. Next year, Bailey will be enrolling in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Purdue University.

THORNTOWN, Ind. — Leading a life dedicated to service and others is one of the driving forces in Jarrett Bailey’s life.

After he completes his year of service as 2018-2019 Indiana FFA state sentinel, Bailey will be continuing his life of service by being a part of Purdue University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

By the time he graduates from the College of Agriculture at Purdue, Bailey will have a minor in military science.

“A lot of the men in my life that I highly respect have been a part of the military,” Bailey said.

Bailey added that his grandfather was part of the ROTC program when he was in college at Indiana University.

“Being in the ROTC is a great way to pay for college and come out as a better person by being a part of something bigger,” Bailey said.

Bailey said that being an FFA member and serving as a state officer has been a good stepping stone for going into the ROTC, because both organizations share some of the same core values.

“I decided to pursue ROTC after FFA because service leadership is a big part of my life, and a way I can give back,” Bailey said.

When he graduates from the ROTC program, he will be a second lieutenant and will serve either in the reserves or in active duty.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.


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