Ocean County GOP Operative Frank Luna Enlists as Infantryman in the Army National Guard

Veteran Ocean County GOP operative Frank Luna enlists in the Army National Guard as an Infantryman.

Veteran Ocean County GOP operative Frank Luna posteed this tonight on Facebook:

Army Infantry School (boot camp) at 36? Sure. Why not? In addition to starting an awesome job at JCP&L, I recently enlisted in the Army National Guard as an Infantryman. My journey of enlisting in the Army National Guard officially started a few months ago, but it has been on my mind for almost twenty years. After 9/11/01, I wanted to join the military, but my folks begged me not to, so I finished college. The thought of serving in the military has nagged at me for all these years.

I can remember being in awe of my grandfather, who served in the Army during World War II, and I have always admired our nation’s veterans. Perhaps my favorite thing about working with Congressman MacArthur was how focused he was on helping veterans and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Last year, a bit before Election Day, I told Congressman MacArthur that I was interested in joining the National Guard. He was beyond supportive (and still is). After the election, I cold-called a recruiter who told me I was too old for consideration. I reached out to Commander (and Assemblyman) Ryan Peters for his advice. He connected me with someone who told me that we could submit a “Request for Exception to Policy for Maximum Enlistment Age”.

So, one helluva recruiter, Sgt. Pedro Martinez, got the ball rolling. We collected document after document, did tests, calls, physicals, etc. I hopped on flights last minute to get back to NJ to do a bunch over the winter. Finally, my packet was submitted and we waited – for MONTHS. Then it came: I was “authorized to process for enlistment into the Army National Guard.” I kept my head down all winter. I trained like an animal. I read. I studied. I wrote. I interviewed for jobs. I trusted God. I worked towards my goals and prayed – RELENTLESSLY. The results are real. I ship to Army Infantry School in October. From Day 1 of this process, I leaned so heavily on two men that I genuinely respect and aspire to be like – Ryan Peters and Jay Hayden. Truth be told, Ryan was the only letter of recommendation I submitted (I would have asked Jay, too, but he’s family). I didn’t want to get in because I knew a bunch of politicians. I wanted to get in because they wanted me. Now, it’s time to bring it to the next level mentally, physically, and spiritually, as I prepare for training. Finally, and it goes without saying, but I am so grateful for my family. Their love and support has enabled me to live a life beyond my wildest dreams. I don’t even want to imagine where I’d be without them.

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  • Astraea

    Best of luck to Frank!

  • brothaman

    Proud D.A.V, so what’s your point? You were 18 an adult, I went in at that age, 54 now, publicity hound, you put God last, and no Jesus no Holy Spirit.

  • VXXC2014

    Good luck.

    Just shut up and go with the flow.

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