Smith enlists in U.S. Army

The United States Army Wytheville Recruiting Station is pleased to announce the enlistment of PV1 Christian Martin into the United States Army and his recent graduation from Basic Combat Training.

PV1 Martin, a 2017 Pulaski County High School graduate, enlisted for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 88M, Motor Transportation Operator.

Motor transport operators are primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheel vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. They are the backbone of the Army’s support and sustainment structure, providing advanced mobility on and off the battlefield.

The duties of an 88M include operating all wheeled vehicles and equipment over varied terrain and roadways, managing the loading, unloading and safety of personnel being transported and overseeing the loading and unloading of cargo. They must also be able to use convoy defense techniques; identify, correct or report all vehicle deficiencies; and prepare vehicles for movement by air, rail or vessel.

Soldiers who enlist as an 88M receive 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT). This initial entry training is held at one of five U.S. Army BCT locations. Those locations are Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Benning, Georgia.

After BCT, 88M soldiers receive seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The majority of AIT is spent in either classroom or simulation training, but over 200 hours are spent in actual vehicles and field training exercises. AIT for 88M is held at Fort Leonard Wood.

After departing the military, 88M soldiers are eligible for an immediate job interview through the “Army Pays” program with companies including Rush Enterprises, J.B. Hunt Transportation, LLC, Sentinel Transportation, LLC and many other nationally recognized transportation and logistics companies.

As a part of his enlistment, PV1 Martin will take part in the Post 9-11 GI Bill, which pays for books, tuition and other incentives upon completion of military service. He also received a $5,000 cash enlistment bonus.

PV1 Martin is the son of Kammie Galyean and step-son of Jack Galyean, both of Draper.

For more information on what opportunities you may qualify for with the United States Army and Army Reserve, contact SFC Ernesto Ortiz at 276-228-6552.

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