A TEEN’S TAKE: Jacob Coan on wanting to become a Marine

“Coming from a military family, I want to continue the tradition. I chose the Marines because of the challenges that come with it, and for the leadership skills that will help me grow as an individual. The main reason I want to become a Marine is to make my father proud and to follow in his footsteps. I’ve always wanted to serve my country, but only as a Marine.”

Age: 18

School: St. Michael High School, senior

Parents: James Coan and Susan Butler


Book: “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle

TV show: “Duck Dynasty”

Movie: “Zero Dark Thirty”

Music: “Mainly country and heavy metal”

Hangout: “The wilderness; I love to hunt and be outside.”

Role model: “My father”

Extra: Jacob Coan enjoys swimming and other sports. “I joined the swim team my junior year and became one of the fastest freestyle and backstroke swimmers,” he said. “I qualified for state in five different events this past season.” He was among the students the city of Baton Rouge honored in April at a Military Recognition Service and has been training two to three times a week in the Deployed Entry Program doing basic physical training and preparation. After graduation from St. Michael High School, he will begin basic training at the Marine Corps Depot in South Carolina.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor