Soldier Life
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Becoming a Soldier

First, you will work with a recruiter. Then you will attend Basic Combat Training. Finally, you will enter Advanced Individual Training.

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Being a Soldier

As a Soldier in the U.S. Army, you’re tasked with upholding the constitution and protecting America’s freedoms. But it’s not always work — Soldiers have free time just like anyone else.

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Fitness & Nutrition

Because a Soldier’s level of physical fitness has a direct impact on his or her combat readiness, a Soldier in the U.S. Army must be mentally and physically fit. Fit Soldiers are essential to the Army.

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Army Family Strong

The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. The Army knows that the decision to join its ranks is not one you should make alone. It requires the support and encouragement of your whole family.

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SPC Alysha Ford: All my family is in the Army. My brother is in the Army, he's a field artillery, my cousins are in the Army, and so I really wanted to follow in their footsteps.

My family was very shocked when I joined the military, but they were very proud.

Growing up, I was a shy, quiet girl, but I've come out of my shell when I joined the Army. I've constantly had to push myself to reach higher levels that I never thought I could achieve. Joining the Army has taught me so many things that I never thought I could do.

Right now I'm studying to be an NCO-a sergeant-and hopefully, one of these days, I'll be a pilot. I've grown into a leader.

My advice to anyone is "go for it." It's a great experience.