Jose Roman joined the active duty on September 11, 1991. He eventually transitioned to the Naval Reserve in 1995 working with Naval Special Warfare. After the 9/11 attack, he went back in active duty after 10 years to support the global war on terror.
Things got a bit emotional when he shared that he lost his parents at such a young age. He was still in his junior year when his dad died. Soon after, his mother passed away before his senior year.
Jose mentioned that he decided to join the military because he knew that he’s not going anywhere after high school. He didn’t take any SAT and admittedly said that he was a bad kid who did some bad stuff back in the day. Consequently, the bad stuff that he did led him to do some community hours at the Navy recruiting station.
He also mentioned that there’s no one in the family who previously served in the military. However, the appeal of joining the military to him is really just driving tanks, blowing stuff up, and running stuff over…
In this episode, Jose shared a couple of stories from when he was still in the boot camp, narrated how things went during his first deployment, and openly shared how his years of service went by.
Listen in until the end to know how 9/11 affected him and how he knew that he was ready to go on active duty the moment it happened. Speaking of which, you will get to have a glimpse of how a true patriot spent his years serving the country.
“Anybody can drive a ship but it takes a real leader to chart the course…” [1:53]
“You realize that all of a sudden you’re the old guy now…” [50:37]
In this Episode
- Why did he join the military [3:40]
- The time that he got offered a navy job [5:00]
- Is there anyone in his family who served in the military [6:00]
- How were his initial first few hours in the Bootcamp [6:44]
- Where did he go after Bootcamp [8:04
- His first experience in the navy [9:40]
- Memorable and funny stories from A school [10:23]
- Jose walks us through his time on the ship [13:00]
- Jose describes the old school navy [15:00]
- His first deployment in the ship [15:32]
- The first time he got the taste of the cafe culture [17:00]
- Stories from his first deployment [18:34]
- What is a clamshell [23:55]
- How many relationships did he see developing [25:10]
- When did he get back after his first deployment [26:09]
- Why did he get out of the navy [26:23]
- When did he roll over to become a Seabee [27:02]
- Things he did while he’s still training to be a Seabee [27:30]
- Which team was he attached to for the Naval Special Warfare in the reserves [29:43]
- Stories from when he was at the Naval Special Warfare [30:58]
- Funny story when he made a mistake while in El Salvador [31:55]
- Other detachments that he did after El Salvador [34:35]
- Did he retire from the military [37:46]
- What did he retire as [37:50]
- How did 9/11 impact him as a reservist and as a person who has been in the military for a long time [38:17]
- A good friend of his who lost a lot of brother during 9/11 [40:03]
- What happened to him the moment 9/11 happened [40:30]
- The time he was told repeatedly that he was being recalled [41:25]
- Did he see a lot of action in Iraq [44:59]
- Did he meet anybody that’s interesting [45:43]
- Looking back into the 22 years that he’s been in the military, he shares his top memorable stories that he - haven’t shared before [47:41]
- More stories from his time in service [51:10]
Follow and Connect with Jose:
- Instagram - @MrJoseRoman
- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jose.f.roman.9
- Twitter - @Jroman757
- LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseroman1/
- Website - Coming Soon
- Instagram - https://goo.gl/5x6iF9
- Facebook - https://goo.gl/ZGmURF
- Twitter - https://goo.gl/cTYTvj
- Gear - https://goo.gl/U5W2Hq
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