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I joined the Army in 2010 after graduating from college. I had an opportunity to become an officer right out of college, but I decided to enlist in the Infantry and “get some experience first”. A few weeks after graduating from Fort Benning I found myself boots on the ground in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the height of the surge with an M240L Machine Gun and a Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle. Over the course of a few deployments (and with quite a bit of help from friends), I gained some of that “experience” I wanted… No longer was I forced to daydream what it was like to be a soldier, as I had been thoroughly ensconced in all things war, combat and Army. It was an experience and an adventure.