Army 2nd Lt. Jacob D. Wall has graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
During the 12 weeks of training, the officer candidate received “basic soldiering” instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, day and night land navigation, confidence obstacle course, common core tasks, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical fitness tests which include three-, four- and five-mile runs, and foot marches of five to 12 miles carrying rucksacks. The candidate was tested on leadership skills and team work abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learned to use acquired skills to function in “leader and follower” positions in squad and platoon-sized elements, and evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment.
Wall has served in the military for five years. He is the son of David Wall, of North Pomfret, and Louise Wall, of Bridgewater. He is a 2004 graduate of Woodstock Union High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.