Dylan Gates

Military Specialty: Officer Candidate (09S)
Years of Service: 1
Unit: 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 124th Regional Training Institute
Hometown: Hardwick
Current Town: Colchester
High School/Graduation Year: 2012
College/Graduation: Champlain College, 2016

 

Why did you join the National Guard?
I joined the Guard to serve my community and country, gain job skills, and pay for college.

What do you do in the Vermont National Guard?
I’m an officer candidate (09S) which means I am in training to become a commissioned officer. My classes consist of training in soldiering skills, planning, leadership, and the paperwork associated with being a military leader.

What do you do for civilian work?
I work for Paragon Systems which is a federal security contractor. I am an armed guard in federal buildings.

What do you think is the greatest benefit of being in the National Guard?
Literally speaking, the greatest benefit is Tricare Reserve Select by far. More generally, the greatest benefit is the opportunity to grow, be challenged, and gain experience on top of the work I do on the civilian side.

How has being a National Guard member benefited you in your local community and job?
I was able to obtain my current position and get connections within my company quickly because of my service.

What is your most memorable military moment?
My most memorable moment is the repel tower at basic training because I am afraid of heights.

How long have you lived in Vermont?
I’ve lived in Vermont for 21 years and I am 24.

What is your favorite aspect of living or working where you do?
The area is just perfect. My favorite aspect is that I can visit any store I need nearby but I can also drive 30 minutes and be back in rural Vermont.

What has surprised you about the Vermont National Guard?
There are more opportunities for education and training than most people realize.

What is your favorite part about serving in the Vermont National Guard?
The Guard is always challenging me to be a better person.

How many push-ups did you get on your last physical fitness test?
79

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“Meet your Guard” is a feature in the Colchester Sun, provided by the Vermont National Guard. Each month, we’ll feature another soldier or airman. Stay tuned!