Soldier Life
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Becoming a Soldier

First, you will work with a recruiter. Then you will attend Basic Combat Training (BCT). And finally, you will enter Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

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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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Army Strong Stories

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    October 10, 2014

    I spent 46 days this summer at the Defense Information School, also known as DINFOS, learning how to be a Public Affairs Officer. I was honored to be graduating during DINFOS’s 50th Anniversary.…

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    October 09, 2014

    Take The First Step In Army Leadership WLC, formerly called Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), is the first leadership course Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) attend. WLC is a month-long …

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    October 09, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas (Oct. 8, 2014) -- Tank crews with the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Black Jack," 1st Cavalry Division conducted gunnery tables I-IV at Sugarl…

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    October 09, 2014

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 7, 2014) -- After a Monday full of administrative details, essay writing and being introduced to each other and the week's schedule, the 28 competitors of the 2014 U.S. Army Be…

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    October 08, 2014

    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. Not only are physically fit Soldie…

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    October 08, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 7, 2014) -- Participants in the 30th anniversary running of the Army Ten-Miler are encouraged to honor fallen Service members and their families through a social media campaign calle…

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    October 07, 2014

    COMPONENTS OF NUTRITION Fueling A Fit Soldier In addition to exercise, proper nutrition and hydration play a major part in maintaining total fitness. Good dietary habits greatly enhance your abilit…

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    October 07, 2014

    COMPONENTS OF FITNESS the cornerstones to a fit soldier Physical fitness, which is important for a successful career in the Army, is defined as the ability to function effectively in physical work,…

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    October 07, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 6, 2014) -- Winning a total of 71 medals, the Army team took home the prestigious Chairman's Cup Saturday, from the 5th annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs…

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    October 06, 2014

    Future Civilian Careers The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an airframe/power plant mechanic with aircraft manufacturers, commercial airlines and government agencies. PARTNER…

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    October 06, 2014

    The aircraft powertrain repairer is primarily responsible for supervising, inspecting and performing maintenance on aircraft powertrain systems. With hundreds of Army missions depending on airplanes a…

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    October 06, 2014

    The aircraft electrician is primarily responsible for supervising, inspecting and performing maintenance on aircraft electrical systems. They ensure that the electrical systems on airplanes and helico…

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    October 02, 2014

    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH Discover challenging options in the field of your choice Specialized skills are part of every U.S. Army job. If you have a particular aptitude for scienc…

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    October 02, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 11, 2014) -- The Army is researching physiological sensors that may help Soldiers achieve superior performance on battlefields of the future, said the commanding g…

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    October 02, 2014

    NATICK, Mass. (Oct. 2, 2014) -- When the going gets tough, Dr. Tad Brunyé wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Cente…

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Discussions

  • I need to re-class and go active duty.

    10.14.2014 - SPC Harden here in the army reserve 68K(Medical Lab Tech) looking to re-class and go active duty as a 35F(Military Intel...

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  • Question on why females can not join infantryman...

    10.13.2014 - I have been doing some research into the Army and found something that seemed very intresting to me, but it is male only...

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  • Concerned Parent of injured veteran

    10.14.2014 - Our son has been out of the army for about a year.  During his last year in the 82nd, he had complications with bac...

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  • Warrant Officer Flight Training - ask your questions here.

    06.05.2008 - Thought I would post this and see who bites. Serious WOFT-ers only please. Civilian or military....all are welcome. ...

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  • Moral Waiver for DUI 2014

    10.14.2014 - So long story short, in April of 2012 I made the worst decision of my life to drink and drive and I was charged with a D...

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  • 68G ugh..fail ait to reclass infantry?

    10.12.2014 - first off let me start this by saying I do not want his mos but it is the only option I had as according to the doctor t...

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  • Any ways for a Reno?

    10.14.2014 - I have alot of waivers like tattoo and DUI. I would like to try to get 11X as my MOS but I have 68G as I stated the dr. ...

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  • Need help to join the us army

    10.12.2014 - Hello sirs I'm Idriss Moroccan and i live in Morocco my dream was always to join us army. in28oct i will be 20years i st...

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  • Can I get a medical waiver for a small hydrocele?

    10.14.2014 - So two weeks ago I had my physical , I passed everything but when I got to the review part with the doctor, he suspected...

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  • Reenlistment Question (Redoing Basic Training)

    10.13.2014 - I am prior service army, and am looking to re-enlist. As I understand it, if a prior service member has been out for 3 y...

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CAVALRY SCOUT

My name is Private First Class Alley and I'm a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. We go ahead of the frontline and gather information on enemy activity and personnel.

For a 21-year old guy I have a pretty darn important job.

We're the eyes and the ears of the Army as Cavalry Scouts. We overlook enemy activity and we do it all without being seen. Being part of that team, you're only as strong as your weakest link. I take care of my men.

I'm the frontline for the frontline.

Three years ago I was just getting out of high school. I definitely made the right decision by joining the Cavalry. You learn a lot of responsibilities. You're getting paid, and you're helping serve your country. Not too many people can do this job.

Scouts out.