Collinsville’s Nathan Sellers – Oklahoma Army National Guard Spotlight

Nathan Sellers graduated from Collinsville High School in 2019, but before he hung up his Cardinal colors for Army green, Sellers left his mark on the athletic program as a multi-sport athlete. 

“When I was in high school I played football my freshman year, ran cross country my sophomore and junior years, and played tennis all four years of high school. I also was one of the leaders of the school’s student section, “the trap,” and also helped in student council,” said Sellers. 

After graduating, Sellers joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard to pursue a military career close to home and follow in the footsteps of other family members who served before him. 

“My main reason for joining the guard was the many benefits they offered, but it also helped that I have many family members who have served in the armed forces to help guide my decision,” said Sellers. 

As a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, Sellers will work in artillery. Meaning once again, he will be part of a team.

“My job in the National Guard will be 13 Bravo, which is a cannon crew member. This means I’ll be working as part of a team to load, fire, and maintain artillery guns,” said Sellers. 

The benefits Sellers mentioned included tuition for college and with a college degree, Sellers believes he would like to pursue a commission and serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. 

Entering the National Guard was like joining a new team, but like many others before him, Sellers adapted to the situation and now he’s comfortable in his role. 

“When I first joined the Guard it was a similar feeling to being on a new team with new teammates. At first I was incredibly nervous, but once I got comfortable with the people around me, I feel like I gained friendships that could last a lifetime,” said Sellers. 

He offers this advice to high school men and women who are considering taking the same path. 

“My advice for students thinking about joining the National Guard would be to explore your options with a recruiter to find out what jobs could best suit you. Studying and scoring high on your ASVAB is also big, because the better your score, the more jobs are available to you and higher bonuses for completing training,” explained Sellers.