Spotlight Sailor – ETC Jacob VanMarter
ETC Jacob VanMarter
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Chief Petty Officer, Electronics Technician, Selected Reserve
Electronics Technician, Syracuse University
Chief VanMarter is a leader both in and out of uniform, providing support to others by leading the Veterans Support Group at Syracuse University and volunteering as a caregiver at the local Veterans Administration Medical Center.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Over the history of my Navy Reserve career, I have gained experience, knowledge, and maturity to better lead, guide, inspire, motivate, teach and pass on history and heritage to my two sons, as well as Sailors of all ages, rates and ranks. The friendships and close bonds I have developed along the span of my career have strengthened my heart and soul. The bottom line is that I have been allowed to wear the uniform for all these years and have done so with the utmost pride, which resulted in the opportunity to serve whenever and wherever needed.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
When I decided to leave active duty in 1990, I made the choice to walk away and begin a new phase of my life, which was to settle down and raise a family. I learned from serving within the submarine community that raising a family was very difficult while spending many days, weeks and months at sea. Unfortunately, I never had anyone approach me to explain my options. My perception as a 21-year-old was that I was expendable, but after a six-month break from service, I realized that I missed the uniform, the pride and mostly the camaraderie.
In my Navy…
there have been good times, great memories, life-long lasting friendships and difficult challenges. Although I regret leaving active duty, not taking advantage of the educational opportunities, and not trying harder to achieve my goals as quickly as possible, I am very thankful, and blessed, to be where I am today. I am a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer who represents those that have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.