A high school senior from a small city in Idaho had already graduated from high school.
Now he was a college student, and he was considering joining the military.
But when he saw a Facebook post about the Air Force offering to pay his tuition, he knew he had to go.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to pay that,'” he told Polygon.
“So I just decided to make it a public service announcement, and that’s what this post is about.”
His post is a plea to his fellow students in the Idaho Military Academy, and to other military members and veterans who may have been inspired by it.
“The message is not just about us, it’s also about the thousands of other students, the veterans, the service members who are getting out of service today,” said the post, which has been shared more than 13,000 times.
“We want to thank you, as a nation, for this opportunity to help us all succeed and get our country back on track,” it reads.
“As students and graduates of the Idaho military academy, you are part of our future, our future in this country, and we know you are a part of the American Dream.”
It also urges students to be a part-time soldier.
“Our military and veterans deserve better than to be on our knees waiting for paychecks to come our way,” the post continues.
“If you have a job, and you can’t afford college, and your parents cannot afford to pay your tuition, it is up to you to become part of this solution.”
The Air Force said it’s a great opportunity to teach students about the value of military service, and about the importance of having a job that supports your education.
“If you are considering enlisting in the Air National Guard or the Air Reserve, or if you have enlisted in the Army Reserve or the Marine Corps Reserve, we want you to know that your career will be an amazing success,” said Air Force Col. Tom Moore, the academy’s chief.
“The Air National Guardsmen and Air Reservesmen that we train to fly missions in the air, and the Air Marines and Air Techs, will also find the opportunity to serve the American people in this nation, while making a difference in the lives of those that serve.”
The post was created by a student who asked not to be named, but is now enrolled in college.
“This post is intended to inform students that they can enlist in the military if they want to,” Moore said.
“It’s not meant to be, and it’s not something that’s coming down from some top military brass.
But it’s something that I hope you can understand.
This is not meant as a promotion, this is not a way to make money, this isn’t an offer that’s going to change your life.”
It’s an open invitation, and Moore hopes other students can follow his lead.
“Every person who is a part time soldier in this Army has a future,” he said.
“You’ve got to be able to support yourself, and be able and willing to support your country.”
He added that many of the students who post these posts have done so in the last year, and so the post is an opportunity to share their experiences.
“They want to give back,” he added.
“They want the opportunity.
They want to get involved.”
The military has made changes in its recruiting process to give veterans and service members a better chance of getting jobs.
The Air Force also has begun offering more financial assistance to students.