Jacob Keeton


Olivia Pyles, Staff writer

Sophomore Jacob Keeton aspires to be in the Navy because his grandpa Charles Keeton was in the Navy from October 1965 to when he retired in April 1986.

My mom encourages me to follow my dreams and I love her for it.

— Jacob Keeton

Keeton wants to join the navy a few months after he graduates high school. He wants to spend some time with his friends and family before he goes off. “I feel nervous about leaving my family and friends for such a long time.”

Keeton plans on going into the navy for a couple of years, to see if he likes it. If he does, he will stay in the program for three to four years and fill his time by going on tours. In the Navy, a tour of duty is the time spent on the sea on foreign deployments. The tour of duty time is spent on operational sea duties, which include combat, patrol fleet duties, and being assigned to foreign countries like Japan, Guam, and Spain. A tour of duty means the ship and its occupants stay on a tour for six months and return to shore for a period of maintenance and exercise before going back on the tour.