Alaska Army Guard recruiting debuts new program for high school credit, first recruit from the Valley

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WASILLA — Colony High School student Hunter Skaw is the first Alaskan recruit to graduate from the Alaska Army National Guard’s new Recruiting and Retention Battalion program.

The new program is designed to help recruits earn high school credits for their time in basic combat training, according to a recent press release announcing Skaw’s achievement.

“This program offers high school credit for health, physical education or electives, for students who join the Alaska Army National Guard and complete basic training while they are still in high school,” Alaska Army National Guard assistant chief of staff, Lt. Col. Donna Johnson stated in the press release.

The new program gives local soldiers an

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