Stories from Service Members

Military Life

Stories from Service Members

The best way to learn about military life is from the people who serve every day. Each will tell you there’s so much more to a career in the Military than just putting on a uniform. Here are a few of their stories. For more, request a copy of FUTURES.

From ROTC to Active Duty

Name: Cadet Brian Corey Abrams
Service Branch: Army Reserve
Hometown: Chicago, IL

As a student at Chicago State University, Brian majors in community health while also participating in the ROTC. He organizes and leads physical training, or PT, for his fellow ROTC students at school. While at home, he serves as an inspiration for his family.

Brian Corey Abrams: ROTC Cadet and Family Man

ROTC Cadet Brian Corey Abrams will soon be graduating from Chicago State University to become an active duty logistics officer in the Army. See how the Military and his family have helped him succeed.

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Brian Abrams:   My name is Brian Abrams.  I’m from Chicago, Illinois.  I attend Chicago State University.  I’m also a part of the ROTC program there.  And in the Reserve, as well.  Once I learned all the opportunities and the different paths I can take, my life has changed dramatically.  With the education that I’m getting now and with the graduating, becoming second lieutenant, looking back, I wouldn’t have thought I’d be here, to be honest with you.  I am a busy guy.  Along with being in the ROTC and being a full-time student and working on the weekends doing security...  So I stay busy.

Brian's Grandmother:  He’s a delight to have around.  My two oldest grandson, he’s like a father role.  They look up to Corey.  He’s a positive example.

Cousin 1:  I look up to him.  Because he want us to grow up and be successful, just like him.  He want -- to know how great it is.  He don’t like no C’s, or else, on our report card.

Cousin 2:  Yeah, like the...

Cousin 1:  So he want us to...  Because you want to...

Cousin 2:  Get all A’s, straight down.

Brian Abrams:   I hope that I inspire them, you know, to become whatever they want to become.  You know, I always tell them, “You can do whatever you want to do in life,” you know, “become president or a lawyer, a doctor,” you know, “You just have to work hard.”  By me being able to spend time with them...  And they see me put on my uniform.  I go to work.  I go to school.  I think their dream becomes a little closer, you know, once they see me doing what I’m doing.  I think my grandparents will say I’m a determined individual.  I believe they’ll say I work hard.  And I think they’ll say I’m a -- I’m a man.  I’m ready for Chapter 2 of my life, whether they send me to Italy or Spain or within the States.  [02:00] It’s exciting, because I’ve lived in Chicago for the majority of my life and I’m ready to see the world. 

Ongoing Training Pays Off

Name: Petty Officer 3rd Class Caela Ivester
Service Branch: Coast Guard
Hometown: Boston, MA

Caela trains in a high-tech simulator to ensure she and her navigation team can safely guide their Coast Guard cutter through the waters. She also has time to spend on the water, paddle-boarding in San Francisco Bay.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Caela Ivester
Petty Officer 3rd Class | Caela Ivester Coast Guard

"The simulator is so realistic. You can actually experience the real-time effects of the waves and current."

Caela Ivester

Caela Ivester

Coast Guard

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