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What It's Like To Serve

See why these Soldiers chose to serve their country and the different strengths they developed.

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  • SGT Andrew Kilgore

    Sergeant Andrew Kilgore from Columbia, South Carolina answers Austin from Florid...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Support

    SGT Andrew Kilgore
    00:56
  • SGT Coots

    Sergeant Coots from London, Kentucky answers Korre from Virginia, who asks; "Do ...

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    TAGS: Soldier Life Army Barracks

    SGT Coots
    00:22
  • SPC Clayton Henderson

    Specialist Clayton Henderson from Pacific, Missouri answers Wilford from Louisia...

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    TAGS: Soldier Life Training

    SPC Clayton Henderson
    00:42
  • SSG Sheldon Fogarty

    Staff Sergeant Sheldon Fogarty from Bronx, New York answers Guillermo from Georg...

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    TAGS: Soldier Life Parents

    SSG Sheldon Fogarty
    00:28
  • Talking to a Recruiter

    Brandon talks about talking to a recruiter.

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    Talking to a Recruiter
    00:39
  • Achieve their goals in life

    Sergeant Whaley talks about helping prospects achieve their goals.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruiter Support

    Achieve their goals in life
    00:42
  • Nervous and excited at the same time

    Victor talks about his nervousness and excitement.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Support Recruits

    Nervous and excited at the same time
    00:46
  • SPC Rick Frost

    Specialist Rick Frost from Nottingham, New Hampshire answers Andrew from Arizona...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Iraq

    SPC Rick Frost
    00:53
  • SGT Holly Princevalle

    Holly talks about why she chose to join the Army and how it affected her parents...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Basic Training Vehicle Mechanic

    SGT Holly Princevalle
    00:49
  • WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

    Weekends on Post give Soldiers the flexibility to relax and hang out with friend...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life Featured

    TAGS: Soldier Life Military Community

    Army Buddys
    WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
    03:02
  • SPORTS ACTIVITIES

    Specialist Ellington and Specialist Pratt-Majesky talk about some of the differe...

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    TAGS: Soldier Life Military Community

    SPORTS ACTIVITIES
    02:31
  • INDOOR ACTIVITIES

    An Army Post offers single Soldiers a comfortable living space with plenty of op...

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    INDOOR ACTIVITIES
    02:25
  • COMMUNITY + SECURITY

    Melissa Glasspoole talks about the sense of community she and her husband share ...

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    COMMUNITY + SECURITY
    01:05
  • CLOSE TO HOME

    The Glasspooles talk about the conveniences of having hospitals, shopping center...

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    CLOSE TO HOME
    01:10
  • SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

    Horseback riding, basketball and golfing are just a few of the things your famil...

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    TAGS: Family Military Community

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
    01:13
  • Introduction

    Everyone has a different reason for joining the Army.

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    TAGS: Basic Training Army Life

    Introduction
    02:13
  • Red Phase 1

    Recruits are welcomed in Reception and get geared up for training.

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    TAGS: Basic Training Training

    Red Phase 1
    01:23
  • Red Phase 2

    Recruits work as teams and challenge themselves on obstacle courses and in physi...

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    TAGS: Basic Training Orientation

    Red Phase 2
    01:53
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What It's Like To Serve

See why these Soldiers chose to serve their country and the different strengths they developed.

Before I joined the Army I guess I was lazy, but then I wanted a challenge in my life, so I joined the Army. Before I joined the Army, I was cooking at a restaurant.
I was in college I was going for my civil engineering degree, I was finishing up my Basic. Well I graduated from college; I really didn't feel I was doing everything I could do.
There I was, 20 years old, I was not very happy with my job and I just decided that I needed a change. I saw what the Army had done for my brother. My brother was enlisted and became an Officer, and I wanted that. So I went and I saw my Army Recruiter.
I had heard horror stories coming into the Army about Basic Training. In Basic Training you really learn who you are. The first day you pulled up in the bus, that thought that crosses everybody's mind is, "Oh my gosh what did I do?" It crossed through my mind.
I know I'm unusual, but I'm one of those people who was really excited to go to Basic Training. Basic Training was a totally different experience from being back in the civilian world. We did so many things that challenged our bodies and our minds. After a while it just became second nature, it was, it became easy, it became normal, and I bonded with the people I was in Basic with. So it was great. I made a lot of friends from it. I never thought I'd be able to do the things that I did in Basic Training.
In the U.S. Army you can do anything it's all up to how far you want to push yourself, and in Basic Training you'll learn how far to push yourself because they'll help you do it. I learned that as long as someone does stick their mind to something they can do it. Army Strong means so many things. Confidence, discipline and respect. Being able to overcome all the obstacles that life faces you. Commitment, physical training, personal strength, leadership.
And knowing that I'm part of something bigger than me. I love what I do everyday and I love serving my country. The Army has definitely exceeded my expectations. When I look at myself in the mirror I'm proud of who I've become. I had a lot of choices at 18 years old, and luckily I picked the right one. My life didn't really begin until I joined the Army.
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