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Settling In: To the Barracks You Go

Marine Corps drill instructor

After you complete your initial in-processing paperwork, you'll be told to fall in outside. At this point, unless you've joined the Army, you'll meet your real drill instructor, and he will get acquainted with you by lining you up and attempting to march you to your new barracks. This sight is rather amusing because nobody knows how to march yet. If you've joined the Army, you'll be taken over to the reception barracks and settled in ther... more

2 Airmen Join Army's Elite

Senior Airman Austin Hairfield

POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AFNS) -- The Army Ranger School students were all looking forward to the few hours of precious sleep they were about to get after a long day of training on Mount Yonah, a mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. Their instructors instead rounded them up and marched to a rocky outcropping and threw a 150-foot rope over the edge. The students began to rappel into the darkness one by one, ai... more

Arriving at Basic: Drill Instructors and Reception

Staff Sgt. Joshua Power marches his flight after their initial haircuts and clothing issue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Arriving at base is the moment you've been waiting for. It's the point where your life, as you know it, is now over. From this moment on, everything you do, everything you say, and sometimes (it seems) everythingyou think, belongs to the military. Basic training drill instructors aren't really psychic. (I don't think.) However, they've seen a thousand kids just like you, and they know how you feel. They know how you think, and often they ... more

Are You Eligible to Join the Military?

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Eligibility rules can be a little confusing. There are different rules for enlisting and for officer programs. Enlisting: Enlisted members do the hands-on work of the military. They need at least a high school degree (a GED may or may not suffice). Officer: Officers are the managers of the military. Most officer programs require a college degree at minimum, and are very competitive. Many officers have master's or higher degrees. Bef... more

What Does it Take to Serve?

Recruits receive oath of enlistment.

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family and eat, drink, exchange gifts, and talk.  During one of my own holiday gatherings, one particular conversation started with a comment from a middle-aged relative who stated: "I just did not have what it took to serve in the military – much less Special Ops."  This was coming from a successful businessman who loves America and is about as patriotic as anyone I know.  I ... more

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