Concord graduate is West Point ambassador during spring break
Unlike most students in his situation, though, the junior at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is using part of his time off visiting schools to talk to the next generation of potential cadets.
Callaghan's older brother, Jackson, is another cadet who is graduating in May and will be heading to Fort Carson, Colo., he said. While he and his brother chose to attend West Point, they do not come from a military family, he said.
"That's the most perplexing question to me," he said. "To this day, I don't have a hard and fast answer to that question.
He said his favorite part of attending the service academy is the friends he's made and the chance to spend three of his college years with his brother.
"Definitely the people I'm around. That's what makes it or breaks it," he said.
But then there's the famed West Point gas chamber, where cadets are subjected to tear gas. He's been through it several times, he said, but without a gas mask can still only make it about 45 seconds to a minute.
Callaghan, a civil engineering major, said he still hasn't decided whether he will serve only the minimum of five years required after graduation or will make the Army his career.
Callaghan said he won't spend his entire spring break at local high schools, though. The guy needs some down time like any other college student.
So he said he was heading to Canada with his girlfriend for a few days of skiing before going back to the academy next week.