Bret A. Essenmacher has joined the Army Reserve under the delayed training program.
After completion of basic military training, most soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.
The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay reporting for basic military training for up to 270 days. An enlistment in the reserve gives many new soldiers the option to learn a new skill, serve their country, and become eligible to receive money toward a college education. Essenmacher qualifies for a $20,000 enlistment bonus.
Essenmacher, currently attending New London High School, will report to Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., for basic training in July 2008. He is the son of Gina and Gerald Be Essenmacher of New London.