“I wanted to do something for my country.”
Growing up in Arlington, Texas, Daniel Jones was always interested in the Armed Forces. He enjoyed watching movies and television shows about the subject and felt a strong attachment to the men and women of the Military.
As Daniel grew older, and more specifically during the time of the Gulf War, he started to develop an intense desire to join the Service.
The Army offered Daniel everything he was looking for.
“The Army has taught me that I can take on big responsibilities and handle them well. I have grown up a lot since joining.”
Since enlisting in 1992, and completing Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Daniel has found the Army has been the experience he had hoped it would be – yet, much more. In addition to serving his country, he’s equally thankful to learn life skills and obtain benefits not often offered to civilians.
“I get free housing, health and dental care, money for college, money for food, and I get to see the world.”
As a participant in eArmyU (an online learning program through which Soldiers can achieve their educational goals), Daniel is not only well on his way to earning his Bachelor of Science degree, but he has also received tuition, books and a laptop – all for free.
As a senior animal care specialist, Daniel is in charge of two employees and is responsible for the care and health of eight military working dogs.
Daniel credits his job for presenting unique opportunities – like the time he was deployed to Jordan to help vaccinate more than 10,000 sheep and goats for local farmers as a gesture of good will to the Jordan government.
“If you do your job and do it hard, you’ll get respect from your supervisors and be rewarded.”
With extensive training, including leadership training, duty everywhere from Hawaii to Korea, a multitude of promotions for performance and numerous medals of recognition, Daniel has clearly taken advantage of the opportunities available to him.
Now, seven and one-half years away from retiring from the Service, Daniel is looking forward to one more benefit: As part of the active-duty retirement system, he will receive a paycheck from the Army for the rest of his life.
Daniel’s Military Career Timeline
- November 1992: Began Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
- January 1993: Attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
- April 1993: Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (received Air Force Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal)
- October 1996: Stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hospital, Hawaii (by this time advanced three separate times to specialist; also received Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal)
- July 1997: Attended Primary Leadership Development Course
- October 1997: Temporary duty to Korea for 14 days of training in field
- June 1998: Temporary duty to Thailand for humanitarian mission
- July 1999: Advanced to sergeant
- August 1999: Stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. (received two Army Achievement Medals and Military Outstanding Service Medal)
- September 2001: Deployed with 5th Special Forces Group to Jordan for humanitarian and training mission (received Army Commendation Medal for the deployment)
- January 2002: Stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii (received Army Commendation Medal)
- January 2005: Stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.