26 January Combat Veteran Addresses Military Preparation Unit Graduation January 26, 2018 By ODRC Belmont Correctional Institution (BeCI), Institutions BeCI, Military Preparation Unit, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, Army Combat Veteran Dirk Harkin, Warden Gray 0 Belmont Correctional Institution (BeCI) graduated five offenders from its one-of-a-kind Military Preparation Unit. The 90-day program is designed to prepare current offenders for post incarceration military service. Graduates must complete and pass both the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and score high enough on the physical fitness test to qualify for military service. Addressing the graduates was Army Combat Veteran Dirk Harkin. Dirk spoke to the group about how he went from a blue color coal miner to a combat veteran. He discussed his troubles adjusting to life after his service in dealing with injuries and addictions. But most importantly, Dirk had a message of hope and faith in telling his amazing story. Dirk expressed how his faith and church family pulled him from a very dark place into the light of life. He challenged the group to turn the page in their life’s book to a brighter future. Related NERC Military Unit Honors Veterans RICI Veterans reflect upon Military History GCI's Veterans Unit TCI Incarcerated Veterans Take Care of their Community Peers NERC Military Unit Conducts Memorial Day Ceremony Veterans Helping Veterans Comments are closed.