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Rigel prepares for Marine Corp career

July 22, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Even as a young child, Jordan Rigel of Traer entertained the thought of joining the U.S. military. With early graduation on the North Tama senior's horizon, Rigel has already made the next step in her life by enlisting with the Marine Corp.

"The reason I wanted to enlist in the Marine Corp is because I feel I need better myself, push myself past what I felt I could do," Rigel said. "It's the hardest branch in the military and no one else in my family is in the Marine Corp. I want to be better than what people saw me doing."

Rigel's older sister, Holly, is currently in the U.S. Army, an experience that Rigel felt opened her eyes to looking at different military options. Starting her junior year, Rigel got involved with a local recruiting office in Cedar Falls for workouts and joined a "pool" with other interested students. Workouts are meant to prepare potential enlistees for boot camp, including burpees, lunges, jumping, etc. Those workouts and growing closer to others ultimately led her enlist on July 2.

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Jordan Rigel (right) swears in for her enlistment into the U.S. Marine Corp on July 2. Photo submitted.

"One of my best friends, Braden Laue, talked with me when I was making a decision," Rigel said. "I was considering the National Guard, but he talked about what the Marines had to offer. He picked me to go to the office and went to a workout. That was not a fun workout because it near Christmas, but it opened my eyes up. I really wanted to enlist."

Currently, Rigel is scheduled to ship out to boot camp on June 15, though she will graduate from North Tama in January. There is the potential for her ship date to move up because of early graduation.

"I want to be able to do something people won't commonly do," Rigel said. "I want to push myself to be someone better as a member of society. I always believed it's good to do something out of your comfort zone."

As a North Tama student, Rigel has been involved in cross country, basketball, Art Club, FCCLA, Spanish Club, Drama and involved with VBS with her church. She is the daughter of Matt and Deb Rigel of Traer.



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