After a full semester at one of the most prestigious military schools in the country, Ryan Borja is starting to learn the ropes. The 18-year-old Winchester native has been training at the United States Military Academy at West Point for several months. Borja is adjusting not just to life as a college freshman, away from home for the first time, but also as a United States Army cadet and future military officer.
"We had to do a summer training. It's called Beast. That is kind of an introduction into military training. That gets you acclimated into officership and what it means to be a leader â?¦ . It's meant to be a shock. It's like shock therapy," Borja said, calling it a transition period from civilian life to military life. "It was an experience."
But the George Rogers Clark High School alum and former JROTC cadet said his background made that transition much smoother than it could have been.