Molalla alumnus Hallister Stephenson is waiting to hear on his application to U.S. Army Officer Candidate School

COURTESY PHOTO - Hallister Stephenson.A Molalla High grad is set to make the military his career path.

Sergeant First Class Hallister L. Stephenson is a 2007 Molalla High School graduate who is currently awaiting word on his application to the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School.

After high school, Hallister worked several different jobs for two years while gaining life experience before enlisting in the United States Army with a Ranger contract. Soon after graduating from basic training and advanced individual training among the top of his class, Hallister moved on to attended the Army's basic airborne school.

While there he switched his Ranger contract to a Special Forces contract. After two years of training, not only did he earn the Green Beret for completing the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), but he also earned his associate's degree and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5).

Along the way, Hallister became fluent in the Indonesian language while attending the SFQC as a requirement and has since picked up some Russian while self-studying. For seven years Hallister has served with the 1st Special Forces Group while conducting multiple operations throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. While serving, he was able to complete a Bachelor's of Science (Suma Cum Laude) and ultimately decided to apply for the Army's Officer Candidate School (OCS), which he is currently waiting on for the selection results to be released. Hallister said he expects to remain in the Army until retirement as a commissioned officer.

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