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Season 1: Jeremy

His grandfather and uncle served their country, and his brother is an Army Sergeant, but Jeremy isn’t sure if he’ll follow in their footsteps.

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    I love my job and I love being a Soldier

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Careers Intelligence & Combat Support

    Staff Sergeant Guy Winks
  • Hansel Henry

    Hansel's experience in the Army Reserve gave him the leadership skills to be a s...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Intelligence Analyst Leadership

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    Neil's pilot training in the Army helped him reach his dreams of becoming a pilo...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Aviation Careers

    Neil Raaz
  • CPT Nick Anderson

    Nick Anderson receives incomparable experience for life in the U.S. Army.

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: JAG Law

    CPT Nick Anderson
  • Signal Officer / CEO, Technology Company

    Watch as a U.S. Army Signal Officer and the CEO of Phone Halo share their tools ...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Technology and Weapons Officership Vehicles & Equipment

    TAGS: signal officer information technology jobs Careers Computers & Technology

    Signal Officer / CEO, Technology Company
  • Blackhawk Pilot / Air Traffic Control Manager

    Watch these two professionals share what it takes to succeed when the stakes are...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs Technology and Weapons Vehicles & Equipment Officership

    TAGS: Aviation Officer Warrant Officer Army Helicopters UH-60 Blackhawk Careers

    Blackhawk Pilot / Air Traffic Control Manager
  • Season 1: Frank

    After being pushed to the breaking point, Frank finds strength he didn’t know he...

    Season 1: Frank
  • Season 1: Joshua

    Will fear hold him back — or will Josh begin his dream of becoming a highly skil...

    Season 1: Joshua
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    This crew team captain helps run the family farm — but is her work ethic enough ...

    Season 1: Rose
  • Season 1: Jeremy

    His grandfather and uncle served their country, and his brother is an Army Serge...

    Season 1: Jeremy
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    Military Police play a vital role in protecting our troops both at home and over...

    Military Police
  • PFC Mooney

    Private First Class Mooney from Avon Park, Florida answers Dillon from New Jerse...

    CATEGORY: Family

    TAGS: Soldier Life Careers

    PFC Mooney
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    Private First Class Justin Myers from Kingsburg, California answers Robert from ...

    CATEGORY: Family

    TAGS: Soldier Life Careers

    PFC Justin Myers
  • Army Reserve

    Soldiers describe the Army Reserve as a life-changing opportunity.

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Careers

    Reserve overview
    Army Reserve
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    Cadet Jeff David (Reserve, cadet) talks about experience/benefits - military bal...


    TAGS: ROTC Army Tradition

    Something to Be Proud of
  • Welcome To

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    CATEGORY: About the Army

    TAGS: Careers Soldier Life

    Army Soldiers in field environment
    Welcome To
  • 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
  • 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
  • Make the prospect feel comfortable

    Staff Sergeant Roger Whaley talks about meeting with prospects.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruits ASVAB

    Make the prospect feel comfortable
  • Talking to a Recruiter

    Brandon talks about talking to a recruiter.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Recruiter Support

    Talking to a Recruiter
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Season 1: Jeremy

His grandfather and uncle served their country, and his brother is an Army Sergeant, but Jeremy isn’t sure if he’ll follow in their footsteps.

The show you are watching is real. These people are not actors. You will follow a potential Army recruit with a backstage pass as they learn about Army life, careers and themselves. At the end, they’ll make a life-changing decision. Join the Army or remain a civilian. This recruit’s journey starts now.
An infantry Soldier has to perform under the harshest conditions and never give up. He’s also a skilled professional trained to use state-of-the-art weaponry and gear to get the job done. If you can meet the demands of the infantry, you can succeed at anything the civilian world has to throw at you. That’s the promise of infantry training and the challenge one young man is about to tackle head on.
My name is Jeremy Navarette, I’m from Rancho Cucamonga, California, I’m 22 years old. Right now I’m about 50/50 joining the Army. At home, everything’s great. There’s not really a big push for me to leave the house. I’m telling myself that I need to grow up, but at the same time I tell myself, you know, I don’t want to grow up. I just want to be a kid.
Well, you’re going to get the opportunity of a lifetime to train with Army infantry. You’re going to train with them for a few days, and at the end of that time period, you have to make a decision. You can remain a civilian, or you can join the Army. Are you ready to do this?
Let’s do it.
This is Sergeant First Class Valentin Vildosola, or Sergeant V. He wears the Combat Infantry badge, Drill Sergeant badge, and he’s been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hey listen up, Charlie Company. This guy here is Jeremy; he’s going to be with us a couple of days.
I’m from Rancho Cucamonga, California. I’m doing this because I want to experience what you guys experience every day of your lives. I might have lots of fun with you guys.
That it?
Yes, Sergeant.
You think he’s got what it takes?
No. No.
Jeremy’s training starts with an introduction to what makes the Stryker infantry so special – the armored fighting machine called the Stryker ICV. Weighing in at 19 tons, the Stryker has a turbo diesel that moves it down the road at over 60 miles per hour. It can run in 4-wheel or 8-wheel drive. It’s got DRS optical thermal imaging systems for night fighting, and it’s fully computer networked. The next step in Jeremy’s training is qualification with the infantrymen’s basic weapon — the M4 carbine.
The Army standard on qualification table is that you must score 23 out of 40 hits. That is the bare minimum. So what are you going to be going for?
Don’t let me down.
Go ahead, whenever you’re ready.
Relax, breathe normal. You’re still firing while you’re breathing. Don’t do that.
Alright. Seventeen, 18, 19.
Nineteen out of 40.
I noticed once he started firing, he wasn’t applying the fundamentals that we taught him earlier.
This is serious business, okay. It’s a profession. This is what we do as infantrymen. We take care of business. And we can’t take care of business if our head is somewhere else not focusing on the task at hand.
Jeremy’s training continues with key tactical skills he will put into action later in a night combat exercise.
Check it out. Today we’re going to teach you how to knock out a bunker, enter and clear a trench, and enter and clear a building. So we’re going to take it real slow, baby steps.
The training that we’re doing is exactly what I was hoping to get out of this experience. This is the tactical knowledge that I’ve always wanted to have. It’s given me a big backstage pass to see what the life of an infantryman really is.
In a mock operation, Jeremy must utilize everything he’s learned so far in order to complete the mission.
[Shouts of “Go!” and “Keep going!”]
As Jeremy’s team moves in they identify an enemy position inside a nearby shop.
Jeremy’s team leader calls upon the Stryker to lay down suppressive fire.
Meanwhile, Jeremy and his team approach the store from the side, a common tactical move called flanking.
I got some intel.
Jeremy took all the knowledge he received earlier and actually put it into place.
Why did you decide to keep the cellphone?
There might be numbers on other organizations that may be linked to terrorism.
There ya go.
Sergeant V told me, you know, good job about taking that cellphone as intel. I felt pretty good about myself. I’m glad I did what he told me to do.
Bravo! Load up. Let’s go.
If we did these type of drills every day, I would definitely be wanting to join the military a lot more.
Follow your heart and think with your mind, okay. And whatever is best for you is going to be best for the Army. Okay?
Alright, Sergeant.
Jeremy, it sounds like you’ve had a great experience, but now it’s time to make that final decision. So do you want to join the U.S. Army or remain a civilian?
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