Geovanny Sevilla of San Jose has a great sense of adventure. From sky diving to traveling, Sevilla has always wanted to do something different with his life. Following high school, Sevilla joined the United States Marine Corps and learn several skills and lessons that shaped him into the man he is today. He recently took the time to a share his story with El Observador.
When did you enlist and how long did you serve?
I enlisted in March 2000. However, I did not ship out to boot camp until September 18, 2000. I served for four active years and was on standby for another four years (inactive service). It was an eight-year contract.
Why did you decide to enlist?
I enlisted in the armed service for several reasons. As the eldest of four boys, I did not want my parents to work harder to send me to college and the military promised to help pay for college with the GI Bill for school.
What country were you sent to?
In February of 2003, I was shipped out to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). We invaded Iraq the following month in March. I returned to the States in July during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
What type of work did you do in that country?
While in the Middle East, I was part of Security Convoys Unit. We ensured the safety of convoys trekking through the cities of Iraq leading towards Bagdad. Life was difficult and danger lurked at every corner. Fortunately, my platoon and I made it back alive and we appreciate life that much more now.
What did you enjoy best about being in the military?
I enjoyed the camaraderie between Marines, earning the title of Marine, and all the essential skills needed for me to become the man I am today.
What did you learn from it?
I learned responsibility. As a young man fresh out of high school, I was already living away from my family and starting a whole new chapter in my life. Sometimes life would be tough in the Corps, but that just made life that much easier anywhere else.
Any other family members in the military? Not yet, but I’m hoping my youngest brother joins the Navy.
Do you still keep in touch with the people that you served with? Yes, usually through Facebook and an occasional phone call.