BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of cadets are exploring their military futures here on the Coast. It's called Pathways to Blue, and the visiting cadets are looking at their potential future career options.
The nearly 300 cadets are exploring about 60 different careers in the Air Force. Those career fields range anywhere from pilots to security work and everything in between. These young men and women are from all over the region, including surrounding states and for the first time from Puerto Rico.
Cadet Saribel Repollet, a Puerto Rico native, loved the chance to see what options are out there and getting to talk with people who are in careers that he could get into down the road.
"It's just amazing being able to meet all of them and being able to learn about their emphases," said Repollet.
She also enjoyed experiencing the differences in South Mississippi from home.
"Life here would be extremely different than Puerto Rico, especially the weather," said Repollet.
The cadets will be on base all weekend and will even get to take some flights along the way. For some people, this trip even brings a little family history into the mix.
"Twenty-two years ago, my dad came here for his basic training in the Air Force. So, it's kind of cool coming down here knowing that he was down here when he was pretty much my age," said Cadet Justin Yates, a student at Mississippi State University.
This was the most attended Pathways to Blue event since it started in 2015.