High school students weigh in on enlisting during Syrian conflict

GALLATIN COUNTY

jordan moore By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
POSTED: 10:43 PM Sep 04 2013   UPDATED: 10:50 PM Sep 04 2013
BELGRADE, Mont. -

With the uncertainty on what is going to happen next in Syria, we searched to bring you a new perspective on the conflict. This time from the eyes of high school students who plan to serve our country.

We spoke to a group of Belgrade High students who have made up their mind. They hope to head to either the Marine Corps, Navy, or Army National Guard as soon as they graduate high school. Thomas Shaw is one of the students we sat down with. He is a junior who has been interested in the military from a young age.

"I have studied warfare ever since I could read a book," said Shaw.

When we spoke to the students many of them did not know much about the current conflict in Syria. But they are willing to join even if it means signing on the dotted line during a time of conflict.

"It would not change my mind. I would still want to serve," said David Trisdale.

"Not at all," said Shaw.

While Shaw is one who is very set on what he wants to do, we spoke to his father to find out how he feels about it.

"I think like any parent, you are a little bit hesitant," said Shaw. Especially with the possible military action looming.

"With Syria, it's a very volatile part of the world," said Shaw.

But despite the worry, he is looking forward to his son's military career, almost as much as Thomas himself.

"Just the whole conflict, just watching my brothers out there die makes me want to fight to keep them alive," said Shaw.