Ever since Trevor Shropshire was a young child, he was always intensely interested in pursuing a career in the military.
After starting his application more than a year ago, the Daniel Boone High School senior was accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. — a dream come true for Shropshire, who had always dreamed of joining the military.
“I was just pumped. It had always been my goal and deep down I always thought I would get it but it was one of those things where you were always preparing yourself for not getting it,” he said.
Shropshire had been banking on getting into Annapolis and didn’t really consider applying to any other schools.
He had started an application to get into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy but never completed it out of his desire to attend the Naval Academy.
“Ultimately my goal is to go to try out for the SEAL program and just give that a shot and see if I can make it. As I got in high school and got into some higher math and physics classes, I started really getting interested in engineering,” he said.
Shropshire plans to focus on engineering during his time at the academy.
“I really enjoy doing math and higher-level thinking and just solving problems in general. As an engineer, you’re always trying to improve and always having to work on solving problems,” he said.
Before getting accepted to the Naval Academy, Shropshire had to undergo the long and in-depth application process, which required him to reach out to members of Congress before he could move forward in the process.
Shropshire received congressional nominations from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. He also received a nomination from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander when he was applying for the Merchant Marine Academy.
Shropshire said he would not have been able to succeed in the application process if it weren’t for the support from his parents, Larry and Alisa, and other teachers, advisers, coaches and friends.
“Throughout high school it was my goal, so it kept me on track. It really helped me keep out of trouble a little bit and make sure that I maintained my grades really well. I always stayed in shape. As soon as I got my acceptance letter and signed with them, it made it like smooth seas from here,” he said.
Beginning June 27, Shropshire will attend Plebe Summer, where he spends six weeks in what is essentially boot camp before classes begin in the fall.
After graduating from the academy, Shropshire will be appointed as an ensign in the Navy. He will serve for five years, but Shropshire said he plans on signing up for additional time and retiring from the Navy.
“As soon as I get out of there and have a degree from Annapolis and having the military experience behind it, getting a job will be smooth sailing,” he said.