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Zumjay celebrates moving up another rank in US Army

On Saturday, while the world was reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the entertainer, whose birth name is Rohan Stephens, received his new rank insignia of Sergeant First Class/E-7, which he described as a major accomplishment. Looking back at when he first joined the army, Zumjay says he had already shown promise, having received Private E2 (or PV2) instead of the most junior rank of Private One/E-1 (or PV1).

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He explained: “I had to complete a practical test that encompassed a two-mile run and routine exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups in the time of two minutes. Because I didn’t have a tertiary education then, only a high school diploma, that was the highest rank I could join as. Maybe if I had my tertiary education and degrees, I could have entered as Private First Class.”

A tale as old as time That was 2008. Once he graduated basic training in December, Zumjay was promoted to Private First Class six months after enlisting, then was deployed overseas to the Middle East in September 2009. It is a tale as old as time – soldier’s leaving their homes and families. This is especially true for the dancehall recording artiste, whose wife, Aviesha Stephens, remained in New York while he assumed active duty. She had the honour of pinning the insignia on her husband during the ceremony.

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“I have to commend my wife. She is very patient; she learnt a lot of patience. I know my greatest lessons have been patience and tolerance, but it was the same for her – watching me leave for basic training in a different state then heading to another country right after and being stationed in a different state while she is in New York raising our daughter,” Zumjay shared.

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Thirteen years ago, dancehall recording artiste Zumjay embarked on a mission that he calls “the most important decision I made in my whole life”: he enlisted in the US Army.

On Saturday, while the world was reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the entertainer, whose birth name is Rohan Stephens, received his new rank insignia of Sergeant First Class/E-7, which he described as a major accomplishment. Looking back at when he first joined the army, Zumjay says he had already shown promise, having received Private E2 (or PV2) instead of the most junior rank of Private One/E-1 (or PV1).

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He explained: “I had to complete a practical test that encompassed a two-mile run and routine exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups in the time of two minutes. Because I didn’t have a tertiary education then, only a high school diploma, that was the highest rank I could join as. Maybe if I had my tertiary education and degrees, I could have entered as Private First Class.”

A tale as old as time That was 2008. Once he graduated basic training in December, Zumjay was promoted to Private First Class six months after enlisting, then was deployed overseas to the Middle East in September 2009. It is a tale as old as time – soldier’s leaving their homes and families. This is especially true for the dancehall recording artiste, whose wife, Aviesha Stephens, remained in New York while he assumed active duty. She had the honour of pinning the insignia on her husband during the ceremony.

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“I have to commend my wife. She is very patient; she learnt a lot of patience. I know my greatest lessons have been patience and tolerance, but it was the same for her – watching me leave for basic training in a different state then heading to another country right after and being stationed in a different state while she is in New York raising our daughter,” Zumjay shared.

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