Local graduates Navy Master at Arms Training
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2016
CHICAGO — Jacob Dallas Tucker, a 2013 graduate of LaGrange High School, successfully completed the U.S. Navy’s Master at Arms Training program in San Antonio, Texas, and he graduated from Naval Technical Training Center Lackland Air Force Base on Thursday.
The Master at Arms Training program puts sailors through a rigorous, seven-week training program at NTTC Lackland Air Force Base.
The Navy specifically trains budding masters at arms in essential tasks like personnel and vehicle inspections, communications and tactical team movements. Sailors also learn how to do things like use pepper spray to subdue a hostile suspect or defuse a dangerous situation and pick up the skills to ward off an attacker while maintaining control of their own weapon.
They also are instructed on the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Court Martial, which guides whether a military police officer has jurisdiction to arrest a fellow sailor for a crime.
Once finished at Lackland, masters at arms get more specialized training, depending on the job they want to pursue, which ranges from military police to anti-terrorism, force protection, protective services, corrections, intelligence and working with military dogs.
Tucker graduated from U.S. Navy basic training on April 29 at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Illinois.
During the eight-week naval program, Tucker completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, also shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “BattleStations 21,” an exercise aimed at giving recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “BattleStations 21” is designed to galvanize the attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
Jacob Tucker is the son of LaGrange Councilwoman Norma M. Tucker. He is the grandson of Carrie and Jesse Hightower of LaGrange and Dallas Tucker of Atlanta.