Sports background propels Inman’s military career – Henry County Times
Military recruiters spend much of their time outside of the office, working in local schools and other means to find young men and women who may be interested in a future in the military.
While you may see recruiting desks hidden away in shopping malls across the region, some would argue that it’s rare for a recruit to actually undertake to come and sign up. Sgt. Kevin Loy, a Marine recruiter based in McDonough, will attest to this.
Walker Inman was that rare exception. “He just walked right into the office on a summer day,” Loy said.
Inman has proven to be exceptional in more ways than one. The Union Grove High School alumnus was recently honored at his company’s Parris Island, South Carolina graduation ceremony as his Ironman. He was the best out of some 550 Marines with perfect scores on the Physical Aptitude Test (PFT) and the Combat Aptitude Test (CFT).
Inman spent a few years in college before that fateful trip to Loy’s office. “He knew he still wanted to join the military,” said Tammie Inman, his mother. “He decided to go into the Marines so he went to enlist.”
The PFT consists of three parts – pull-ups, crunches, and a three-mile run – with minimum and maximum standards for each. Inman reached well above the maximum in each category necessary for a perfect score, and also finished far ahead of the competitor in second place.
As might be expected, the CFT is geared towards combat readiness. He also has three distinct activities which are quite specialized: running 880 yards in riot gear; lifting a 30-pound ammunition can fly over them as often as possible in two minutes; and performing a simulated maneuvering event under fire, a timed 300 yard shuttle race in which Marines are matched by size and perform sprints, agility run, high crawl, low crawl, a body trail, a firefighter transport, ammo can carry, push-ups and grenade throwing.
Excelling in both PFT and CFT requires the right mix of speed and strength. “For someone to maximize scores on both is pretty rare,” said Loy, whose office sends about 70 rookies to training camp each year.
Inman’s preparation for these events actually started in middle school when he started running across the country, his mother said. He eventually captained his team at Union Grove High, which competed in state competition during his tenure.
Having attained the rank of Private First Class due to his university education, he now participates in combat training as all Marines do. But it’s not yet clear what he’ll do eventually, and that’s partly because of his excellent performance in base training. He has options that not all rookies have.
“You can ask him to do something different than what he signed up for, which is not normal,” Loy said.