After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps for five years, ROTC Cadet Joel Rainey will graduate from Tarleton State University as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Saturday morning.
Rainey is a 1998 Stephenville High School graduate and son of Randy and Joyce Rainey of Stephenville who chose to pursue a college career after serving as a U.S. embassy guard in Moscow and London for the Marine Corp.
“I wanted to better my career and I knew that’s what I had to do,” Rainey said. “I enjoy the military lifestyle. I like the rigid schedule and planned activities on a day to day basis.”
Rainey is a cream of the crop cadet because he is ranked in the top 10 percent of almost 4,000 cadets nation-wide.
He is listed in Who’s Who of American College and University students, a distinguished military graduate, a ROTC executive and operations officer, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and he serves as Sigma Chi Sergeant at Arms and treasurer.
Rainey will begin his career in the Army as a platoon leader at Fort Hood for four years. After that assignment he will become a military intelligence officer and he hopes to serve in counter intelligence, he said.
Following the 9 a.m. commencement exercises at the Tarleton Memorial Stadium Rainey will be formally commissioned during an ROTC ceremony at the Fine Arts Center at 10:30 a.m.
Rainey will be pinned by his first platoon leader in the Marines, a fellow he met named Brian Middleton while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, who just happens to be from Mineral Wells.
“I’m really excited - I’m ready to move on and do something different,” he said. “It’s been a great time at Tarleton and I’ve learned a lot.”