The Seabees were created as a need during World War II. It was realized that a military force that we were going to need construction of facilities, so we had to have trained people that could build ah the facilities, but also know how to fight. I’m John Austin and I’m in the Navy Reserve. I am a Second-Class Petty Officer Eng – Engineering Aide is my rate. My grandfather was in the Navy ah aboard a ship. My father was also in the Navy. He retired after 22 years. Kind of growing up in the environment, living on bases, I grew up and I kind of, I got a feel for what the – what it was like to be in the Navy. So I joined the Reserves. And um that was a good ah option for myself because I could still keep my civilian job. My background is in um – in architecture and I know there’s two sides to the Navy if you wanted to join. I could do the seaside or the landside, and I know the Seabees were involved in the construction. Construction was an opportunity for me to not only enhance my skills in the civilian world, but also get some military training. When I did make my decision to join the, the Navy Reserve, I – I already did have my degree in architecture. I decided to do the advanced pay grade and join the enlisted route because I wanted to be more involved with the troops. I wanted to really be down in there with the – with the guys, you know, in the ditches, doing the work, um getting dirty, and learning it. When I joined the Navy Reserve I was um sent to boot camp like everybody else does, ah and it, you know, prepares you ah both ah physically and mentally. At that point, as an engineering aide, I was sent to a school where I was given um opportunities in material testing, soils testing basically. In – in addition to that, they have schools for ah surveying, for drawings. You’re going to learn discipline; you’re going to learn to work in a group environment; you’re going to learn to work as a team, and I know all those – in any type of, you know, occupation that you might have that’s going to relate well. And I think one of the big things is is you’re really taught respect. Well, as a Seabee, we ah – we build hospitals; we repair hospitals; we – we build schools, we repair roads; we build roads and bridges, and fix bridges. And the humanitarian side we’re also involved in efforts like that; we’re down to Katrina where um – where we’re helping clear sites; we’re demolishing buildings; we’re um – you know, we’re making an effort down there to – to make lives better for the people there. Ah we’re also involved with efforts with other countries – in goodwill efforts with them, so we’re ah – you know, we’re building relations with them; we’re – we’re doing things for their community and we’re working our – in our community and we’re also training to help defend our country. As a Seabee, I was sent to Kuwait. We were going to make life better for our guys there. We did everything that we could to make sure that those troops that were there had everything that they needed and were comfortable. There’s lots of benefits that you’re gonna receive in the Reserve in addition to your pay. You’re going to get base privileges. You know, you’re going to be able to shop at the commissary, or the exchange. You’re going to save money there. You’re going to – you’re going to be given medical benefits. You’re going to get dental, health, life insurance; um you’re also going to be given money towards – towards education, and you’re going to make great friends. You’re going to have a good time. In addition to the – the benefits that you – you’re going to receive, ah really the only thing that the Navy asks is that you ah give up one weekend a month for training, two weeks a year, and the – a possibility for deployment. I was sent to Kuwait and I loved it. It was a great chance to see the world. You don’t know where you’re going to go, but it’s – it’s a great opportunity. I have lots of goals in the Reserves. You know, I want to be a chief, um I want to travel, um I want to help other people. If you really want to see the world, and you want to travel, if you like working with your hands, if you want to drive a Hum V, this is something you can do part-time you can do full-time, you’re just going to get great benefits and great training. It’s a great opportunity.