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What is it like being in the Army? I'm interested in serving, but I'm not very athletic, but do you think I would make it in?

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It is more an issue of mental fortitude, the Army will make you physically able. If you don't have your head screwed on straight it may be difficult, be serious, be focused, be responsible. If you have the mental toughness you will be fine, the Army offers a sense of family and fraternity that you will carry with you the rest of your life. Whether active duty or not we are all brothers and sisters in arms. Had I not been injured I would have spent my life in the service of the United States Army and will never regret a moment. In this time of economic uncertainty I would highly recommend any of the armed services not only for the educational and financial advantage they provide, but more importantly the character you will gain and the person you can become. Good hunting!!

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Excellent answer!
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I agree... My Pop was career Army, and you'd never find a man with more personal integrity!
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Calu.....injured???
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I was wounded during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. But I'm all fixed-up now ;)
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That's good. But it ended your service career? There was not anything else you could do?

Hubby got injured while he was serving.....playing volley ball of all things. He broke his knee cap and was in traction for three months before being sent to FC
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I was down for a year+ and I was a combat infantryman, driving a desk didn't appeal to me. There were other issues but they're only important to me.
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Ahh....Understandable. Glad you are tip top now :0)
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Thanks!! Me too :)
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You need to be athletic, start working out now, get in shape or you'll never survive bootcamp

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excellent !!!
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Just out of curiosity, what branch are you in?
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I know this because my neighbor went into the Marines and many kids dropped out during boot camp..He played football and was disciplined, so he made out well:)
I assume Army is just as difficult..
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I was in the Air Force, much easier than the Army and even there the outta shape recruits didn't make it.
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What's training like?
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AF? Easy.

Army. A lot more physical.
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Air force, navy, and coast guard are hard. Marines and army are very hard
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Yes. That's a small part, important but small. Army Special forces is a different story.

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According to reviews from those that are in the army, being in the army is awesome. This is because they are able to ensure protection to their country and people giving them a sense of responsibility. Those that are not athletic can also join the army but are deployed in departments like first aid and motivation/counseling sectors.

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My brother wasn't athletic either. He put on 20 lbs while at boot camp. Start running now and build up your stamina. It also involves not being home for the holidays or other important family functions. It can be rewarding and trying.

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Being in the Army is a hell of a hard task perforated with traumatic stress and maybe some good times (although less so now that the planet is on the brink of collapse). It's also more than just a physical commitment (see: the American Flag), but you should at least be able to do 100 pushups.

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Grow a pair and join the Marine Corps. They will get you in shape and it will last a lifetime! Semper Fi

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Ha! My Grandpa was in the Marines during WWII and the Korean War. He talks about how it was good experience all the time.
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Don't go in the army

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My cousin just completed basic at fort benning which is known to be toughest for basic he said you cant complain about the suck you have to learn to like how much it sucks the worst he said is the gas chamber he said it felt like you were suffocating the whole time the gas is cs gas which is a gassified pepper spray look it up on youtube on the benning report it shows you different kinds of training they go through honestly the only thing stopping me from wanting to join is the physical part to if you dont pass you final pt test you get recycled and start basic all the way over again

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It's not so much a physical thing to qualify for the regular army. It's attitude and maturity. There are elite groups in the army that require some strength and physical skills, that are above the average. But they are voluntary, they won't just throw you into those groups. It's a great learning experience and it will help you prepare For the rest of life's experiences

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