It's the first day of Kenneth Stevens' new life in the Navy. He quit his I.T. desk job to enlist at age 30.
"This is just a nice, stable career path. It's starting a career, versus having a job and going to work," Stevens said as he waited to board his plane to basic training.
Stevens says packing up his home and leaving the Tampa Bay area alongside his new bride wasn't an easy decision. He's older than most signing on to serve.
"I'm going to be going up with a bunch of 18 year olds, fresh out of high school. Did they run track, did they do athletics, are they going to be more fit then I am? It's the intimidation factor of it all. But I know in the end, we're all going to be one, so I kind of take solace in that," he said Tuesday.
Stevens' mother says the news was anything but expected.
"He said, 'I'm enlisted.' We said, 'Ohhh.' We were shocked," Bernie Stevens said Tuesday.
Despite what some would consider a late start to a military career, family members say his maturity will only add to his strength in the service.
"He'll be able to be proactive rather than reactive," Bernie Stevens said.
Meanwhile, Kenneth is blogging about his new undertaking. He started up a Facebook page called "30 Year Old Recruit", detailing the events around his major career change.
"I wanted to try to convey the emotions, the feelings, everything I was going through," Stevens said.
As he takes off for basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, he believes his life journey is finally starting after a slight delay.
"Don't worry about being that old. It's not too late," Stevens smiled.
The Navy does have a maximum age for enlistment, 34, for anyone who wants to join that hasn't served in the past.
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