St Thomas native determined to reach the top in US Navy

July 10, 2019
Contributed Danar Roberts

The desire to push past limitations is innate to 23-year-old Danar Roberts, a native of White horses, St Thomas, who is now a sailor in the US Navy. And although he’s undoubtedly proud of this achievement, he shared with The STAR that he had to jump over quite a few hurdles to get there.

“I grew up in a community where dreams were limited, you never expected that you can come out and be great; that’s the mentality,” he said

But the support of teachers at St Thomas Technical High School and relatives pushed him to want more for himself, and to be an example to his two younger brothers.

Roberts grew up in a single-parent household with his father, who was a welder and taxi operator. He said his mother was never a part of his life.

After graduating from high school in 2013, he went on to Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to pursue an associate degree in customs and immigration.

“When I got accepted to Maritime, I had no idea where the money would come from for me to go, but they told me to just go ahead and do what I have to do, and God will provide,” he said

God did provide, after his relatives overseas stepped in to help him financially through university.

After graduating from CMU, Roberts said he migrated to the US to live with relatives, and got a job in a restaurant. But he was always had his eyes set on a career in the navy.

“Coming from Jamaica, and working in a restaurant, I realise I couldn’t do this for the rest of my life, I told myself that I wanted to grow, I wanted to evolve,” he said.

‘Being broke and staying in poverty was never apart of my evolution,” he said

And after joining the navy last year, he was promoted to seaman shortly after. But for Roberts, it will not stop there.

“I’ve learnt to be more patient, I’m going to climb the hierarchy. Hopefully, in the next two years I’ll be a chief, and then senior chief. I’m not going to stop until I’m a master chief. I’m not going to be complacent,” he said.

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