Army National Guard Pvt. Jason L. Groat has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Groat is the son of Kimberly Stevens of Elm Street, Ellenville, N.Y., and Lee Groat of Manor Gleen Court, Virginia Beach, Va.
He is a 2012 graduate of Ellenville High School, N.Y.