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Training gives your life order: Ring

    A local resident is praising boot camp for helping him to discover his full-potential and helping to shape his life into what he had hope for, but couldn’t necessarily achieve on his own.    James Ring, 22, enlisted in the Canadian Navy about a year ago. Once he got his clearance he was shipped out to their training facilities in St. Johns, for basic soldier training.     After spending several weeks there, he started to see significant changes in his organizational skills and how he assessed certain life situations.         “I wasn’t very organized as a younger person but this has taught me that,” Ring said. “I’ve learned time management skills that will assist me in both my professional life and will carry over to my personal life as well.     “It’s now become my way of living,” he added.    After graduating from the Fort Frances High School Ring attended Memorial University in Newfoundland for two years and then Confederation College in Thunder Bay, searching for the “right fit” but was unable to find his desired occupation.     “Nothing seemed to challenge me enough or offer me the career perks that I wanted,” he explained.     So he returned to Fort Frances looking for that “right fit.” And found the answer after a little research and soul searching.    “I was looking for something that would really challenge my mind and provide a good financial future for me,” he said.     Ring comes from a family of three generations of naval experience. “I kind of had a bit of an idea of what I was getting into,” he chuckled.      He’s chosen to venture into the field of communications research through the Navy and will hopefully be starting his first phase of intelligence training in Kingston come September.     At present, he is stationed in Borden, and is helping to complete tasks across the country while waiting for the go-ahead from head office.     He graduated from boot camp on May 31, and he said it was a day that weighed in his mind for months.     “Graduation was extremely overwhelming. Just knowing you had gotten to the first finish line was a feeling of extreme self-power and perseverance,” he described.     “I was counting down the days but that made it feel even longer so a friend told me to stop,” added Ring.    During a typical day at camp, Ring and the rest of his platoon were expected to be up and ready to go by 5 a.m. for physical activities such as running.  They would attend many training courses throughout the day and complete several team, mental, or physical challenges.     Order, discipline, and respect were taught by the instructors through various activities including personal and material inspections, marching and salutes to those in charge.     “Mentally, you have to be a strong person,” he said. “I found it more mentally challenging than physically,” he added.    However, he did make note that his instructors were not there to make you fail but to try their best to make you reach your full potential by succeeding.    “They lead the way by example and want to see as many people graduate as possible,” he noted.        He spoke of times when he wanted to call it quits and come home. And challenges that were physically and mentally draining as tests of character and perseverance.     “There were lots of times when I wanted to give up but I just had to choose to persevere,” he said. “I really liked the cohesion within the groups, everyone just helped each other get through it,” he added.    Because of the different tasks and challenges Ring was put through the experiences have provided him with a great understanding and respect for the field of infantry.    “Just going through the little bit of training as I did, you are able to get a small idea of what the soldiers go through and you respect them on a whole other level,” he explained.     “I’m glad I had this experience because one day my work will be supporting what they do.”    Before Ring will reach the position he desires, he will have to climb a long latter,  but it’s something he is looking forward to.    “I’m excited about the opportunities to keep moving up,” he enthused. “I think I’m doing well and have come out in good order.”    For now, he has learned to pay attention to detail, take orders, be self-reliant, cooperate in a team situation, and organize himself.     “Small details are what make a world of difference, I know that now,” he said.     “I think it all comes back down to how much I can do, how to better organize myself, make the best of my time—time management, that’s huge,” added Ring.     “When I went there I had a lot of potential and very little direction on how and where to focus it—sticking with a goal and seeing it out was something I couldn’t do before but now I know how to stay on track.”

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