Patrick O. Speights Jr., son of Brenda P. and Patrick O. Speights of St. Stephen, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District in Raleigh, NC.
The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.
Speights will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2005 graduate of Timberland High School.