February 20, 2004
High school senior takes advantage of new Special Forces recruiting program
By Lt. Col. Chester
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Andrew Jenkins is accustomed to being in a leadership position. As a sophomore student he played varsity lacrosse at Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria. This year as a senior at Thomas A. Edison he is the captain of the lacrosse team. Jenkins is also proving to be a leader in the Virginia Army National Guard.
Jenkins enlisted in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group on December 23, 2003. He is the first "non-prior service" enlistment in that elite unit. Prior to his enlistment, soldiers assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard Special Forces unit came from the ranks of other units. A program for soldiers to enlist directly in that unit simply did not exist. Jenkins is the first soldier to take advantage of a new program that allows non-prior service soldiers to enlist directly in this Special Forces unit.
who wear the coveted Green Beret of the US Army Special Forces are very
selective about who joins their ranks. Criteria for assignment
are extremely demanding. Jenkins not only had to meet exceptionally
high mental and physical standards to enter the Special Forces program,
but he also had to successfully complete a pre-enlistment interview
with a Special Forces officer.