TROY — Milan Bess is following in his sisters’ footsteps, joining the U.S. military through the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., this summer.
Bess reports to the Naval Station at Newport in July. He will spend his first year post-high school at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School, followed by four years at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. That will be followed by a five-year commitment of active duty service.
“I really enjoy helping others and to become an officer in the Navy is my ultimate goal,” said Bess, the son of Lena and Eric Bess of Troy.
Bess will then transfer to the Naval Academy for four years to graduate with a degree in the major he selects and commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.
Bess’ sisters, Paris and Aspen, both have paved the way for their brother to serve in the Navy. His sisters both also enrolled in the Naval Academy Preparatory School and Naval Academy. The Naval Academy receives nearly 17,000 applications yearly and accepts around 1,100 to a class.
“My sisters shared a lot about it with me, which led me to have more of a desire to join. It’s really a big step. Going to a place where (it’s) the best of the best. It has a 9 percent acceptance rate, so I’m really excited to meet new people and find friends that will last forever,” he said.
His sister Paris graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in chemistry and is currently stationed in Norfolk, Va., and Aspen is finishing her freshman year at the Academy.
“I was inspired to take the path to serve my country in the Navy by my sisters. I got to see them grow every day and I think it’s something I’ll really enjoy. By being an officer, I’ll be able to do more and give more to my country by serving this way,” Bess said.
Bess is sponsored by U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson.
“It’s been a great pleasure because he’s in my district and from Troy so that means a lot,” Bess said.
Following his prep school, Bess will explore the variety of military majors the Naval Academy has to offer.
“As far as majors, I’m not entirely sure. I have a year to decide. I know taking this path will open up my horizons and I can see what I’m capable of and what I really enjoy,” Bess said. “As far as service, I haven’t experienced anything yet, but I think being a pilot would be amazing.”