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Jaylen Mobley is a senior at West Charlotte High School. He’s excited about graduation in a few weeks, but has overcome many challenges and roadblocks along the way.

He is decorated with distinction from his years in the JROTC. He proudly carries the title of a battalion commander. This is the man he is today, but it didn’t come without a fight. His grandmother, Dessie Wright, took him in when his mother went to jail and his grades started to slip. But the first day he joined JROTC, he felt like a new person.

“I walked down the street in my neighborhood and a lot of people were like, ‘You look very nice.’ I felt like somebody, so I was pretty happy,” he said.

By being in the JROTC, Mobley started to take school seriously and saw dramatic changes in his grades. It’s been able to teach him important values like discipline, honor and integrity.

Mobley says he’s pretty good at overcoming adversity. He says he’s now become a man among boys in a neighborhood where many people don’t find a way out.

“I got friends right now that I hung out with my 9th and 10th grade year and they’re not around here anymore. I am glad that JROTC and my family has pulled me out of that situation,” he said.

Mobley plans on attending UNC-Charlotte and then transferring to West Point. He says the struggle is what makes you a better person in life.

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