TikToker joins the Army for a day

You may know @VicBlends from his TikTok or YouTube channels, the place he provides haircuts to folks on the road and makes use of it as a chance to share their tales. However he lately traded in his clippers for a day within the U.S. Army.

The influencer, whose actual title is Victor Fontanez, is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and his dad and brother each served within the Army. So Fontanez hopped over to Fort Benning, Georgia, to take a look at what it’s wish to enlist for sooner or later.

On the Abrams Coaching Middle, Fontanez forged a die and needed to do 13 Russian Twists earlier than becoming a member of the crew for an MRE lunch. He tried the creamy spinach fettucine and, regardless of the troopers’ insistence that it’s disgusting, determined it’s “not that dangerous.”

The chocolate milk, alternatively, left Fontanez cringing.

“It’s chunky,” he stated whereas grimacing.

Fontanez additionally took a tour of the weapons cache at Benning earlier than spending a while out on the marksmanship course.

“I’m an Army brat, my dad did 28 years,” he stated. “It meant loads simply to have the ability to join with a number of the folks on base that make on a regular basis life occur.”

In a distinct video, Fontanez as soon as gifted a soldier on the road, infantryman Nathan Hicks, with a free haircut — significantly better than the common DIY barracks chop job. Throughout the minimize, he requested Hicks what led him to affix the Army.

“Thanks for the motivation,” he stated as he wrapped up the soldier’s haircut.

Fontanez at the moment has 12.5 million followers on TikTok. He bought his begin slicing hair in his mother’s storage as a facet hustle however now teaches the artwork of being a barber in courses on-line in addition to in-person. Discuss excessive and tight.

Sarah Sicard is a Senior Editor with Navy Occasions. She beforehand served because the Digital Editor of Navy Occasions and the Army Occasions Editor. Different work may be discovered at Nationwide Protection Journal, Job & Objective, and Protection News.