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    July 22, 2014

    Enlisted Soldiers are the backbone of the U.S. Army. Much like employees at a company, every enlisted Soldier has a trained speciality, and plays a part in the success of his or her unit. Ranks for e…

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    July 22, 2014

    Soldiers entering the Army have a choice between two basic types of service: Active Duty and Army Reserve. Active Duty: Active Duty Soldiers make up America’s ready, full-time defense force. T…

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    July 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 21, 2014) -- President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Staff Sgt Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony today. Pitts became the ninth livin…

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    July 21, 2014

    The U.S. Army Joplin Recruiting Company will have an Army Adventure Trainer at the Ozark Empire Fair this week. Members of the general public can test their own skills by shooting at targets using spe…

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    July 21, 2014

    TRAINING, CAREERS & JOBS The Strength To Live Out Your Dreams Soldiers constantly train and learn. In the Army, you will be able to take advantage of a long list of job and leadership training …

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    July 21, 2014

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (July 21, 2014) -- Suspended from a rope at 100 feet in the air, five Multinational Battle Group-East Soldiers outstretched their arms and gave a thumbs-up, signaling they are O…

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    July 16, 2014

    Today concludes Jordan Roth’s and my second full day in Harker Heights, Texas, with the Military Child Education Coalition, MCEC. On July 14 we both landed at Austin Airport where we met with ou…

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    July 16, 2014

    I have to remind myself sometimes of that when I get a little too carried away with enthusiasm for new hobbies. Alaska's summer is an effect as well since everyone's out riding their bikes or …

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    July 16, 2014

    This morning's PRT session for the U.S. Army's Physical Fitness School is the session each week that I have a love/hate relationship with. Today was our speed running day. Our hour-long sessio…

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    July 16, 2014

    We were able to participate in the annual Dept of the Army Birthday run on June 20th this year at Ft. Myer. All of our dentists, most of our enlisted, as well as one of our civilians participated. …

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    July 15, 2014

    At the end of a session of ethics instruction to the Army Trial Judiciary last year, during which I was focused on the impact of (often unconscious) bias on judicial decision-making, I got this questi…

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    July 11, 2014

    Serving in the U.S. Army is your opportunity to put the welfare of the United States and its people before your own. It is your chance to be part of something bigger than yourself. GoArmy.Com…

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    July 11, 2014

    verview Criminal investigations special agents are primarily responsible for investigating any criminal allegations/offenses related to the Army. They handle felony-level crimes that involve Army pr…

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    July 11, 2014

    QUANTICO, Va. (July 10, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, recently launched a new centralized recruiting program, part of which features an online app…

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    July 10, 2014

    Army Transportation Careers with Con-way Trucking At Con-way, we respect and honor the people who proudly serve our country. So we work hard to provide separating military, retired military, and Nati…

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  • Obtaining a G.E.D...

    07.22.2014 - hello,      i havent been on track with my life for a while now. my life is suddenly changing and ...

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    07.22.2014 - Hi I am wanting to join the army at the beginning of next year when I finish with my AA degree. I would love nothing mor...

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  • Army reserves training

    07.22.2014 - Hello,   I am interested in joining the army reserves, but I am wondering about something?How does training work? ...

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  • Fort Bliss

    07.22.2014 - New movie is putting it on the map   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWLtr0xYI7E

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  • Quick question about the SPF process.

    07.22.2014 - I had a question a couple weeks ago about my SPF, that process actually went fairly smooth, however due to the circumsta...

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  • 18X OSUT workouts to prep for SOPC

    07.19.2014 - Hello all,   I am a prior service Marine E-5 currently in Infantry OSUT on an 18X contract. My dilemma is that I h...

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  • Ranger weight loss

    07.21.2014 - I've heard that Rangers lose 20-30 pounds during selection. How long does it take for them to gain their strength, weigh...

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  • The75thRangerRegiment

    07.20.2014 - Hello my name is Nick and I was wounding what are the differences between the 4 battalions in the 75th Ranger Regiment

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  • what to wear at meps for male??

    02.19.2014 - I'm going monday to meps and was wondering what should i wear i know its a stupid question but i dont want to look like ...

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  • SSG Ryan Pitts receives the Medal of Honor

    07.22.2014 - This put a lump in my throat.  God speed to you SSG.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/army-sgt-ryan-pitts-receiv...

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A HEALTHY ARMY

2nd Lieutenant Tara Johnson - Dietitian (Reserve)

My name is Tara Beth Johnson - I'm a Lieutenant. My area of concentration is a 65-Charlie, a Dietitian, and my reserve unit is the 6253rd U.S. Army Hospital, Mesa, Arizona.

When I was Active Duty I had a bad attitude about Reservists and Guardsmen because I thought, "Oh, they're part-time, they don't care," but it's totally different.

When you're Active Duty, that's your only job, but when you're a Reservist, you have your civilian career and you have your Reserve career, which you have to manage. We have a lot of continuing education to remain dietitians.

I think being in the military made me a more disciplined person than I ever was before. Being an Officer to me is something that I had aspired to for a long time and it was really a very proud moment when my husband and my mother-in-law pinned my bars on me.

As an Army Reserve Dietitian a lot of what we do is the Weigh-to-Stay Program, helping Soldiers keep their weight in control so they can stay in the Army and it gets to be a problem with Reservists because you only see them, you know, that one time a month at Drill and what they're doing during the month may not be helping them get to that goal and so it's really trying to help people with that and modify their eating habits.

I work with the physical therapists, getting an exercise program together because they definitely fit together: exercise and diet.

What we do when we're activated, we go to Active Duty hospitals and backfill for that hospital while they get deployed. I take cooking classes because it's not enough to just tell people, "You need to eat healthy, you need this many fruits, this many vegetables."

You really have to apply that to them and especially if they've grown up in a household where healthy cooking was not stressed. It's foreign to them, so they really have to see that these foods can be prepared in a way that tastes good.