Army Sergeant Makes a Splash Re-Enlisting Underwater

Army Sergeant Makes a Splash Re-Enlisting Underwater

A soldier re-enlisting in the U.S. Army isn’t typically a big event garnering media coverage. Sure, a re-enlistment ceremony takes place to make the experience meaningful, but usually it doesn’t amount to much fanfare and can even be a solemn occasion. Recently, however, one soldier decided to make a splash by re-enlisting underwater, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

On April 2, Sgt. Jason Baringhaus re-enlisted for the third time in the U.S. Army completely underwater in scuba gear. According to his video interview, the underwater ceremony marked his third re-enlistment. His first two re-enlistments were memorable for other reasons — his first was on top of the famous crossed swords in Baghdad and his second was above Signal Mountain at Fort Sill. But he wanted his third, and possibly last, re-enlistment to stand out.

Why an Underwater Reenlistment?

Baringhaus got the idea to re-enlist underwater while enrolled at Chattahoochee Scuba in Georgia where he is training to conduct underwater criminal investigations through the VA. His training so far has included open water, public safety diving and search and rescue.

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