Kansas City man celebrates 35th birthday by joining Army

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Ralph McKee, a native of Kansas City, Kan., fulfilled a two-year quest to become a Soldier in the United States Army Reserves by enlisting Friday on his 35th birthday, the last date of eligibility, according to the U.S. Army recruiting command website. McKee, who repeated the oath of enlistment during a short ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 26, had high words of praise for the Army recruiters who helped him fulfill his Army dream. “This kind of dedication is why the U.S. Army will always be best military force home and abroad,” McKee remarked following the ceremony. McKee will receive basic military training and advanced individual training as an Army combat engineer at Ft. Leonard, Wood, Mo. He leaves for training next March. The combat engineering career field is one of more than 150 military occupational specialties currently available in the U.S. Army Reserves, according to Army officials.

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