Speaker 1: Before I joined the Army, I was actually an armored car driver.
Speaker 2: I joined the Army, first, for my education.
Speaker 3: I joined the Army to put some honor behind my last name.
Speaker 1: I felt that, within myself, I had the ability to do more.
Speaker 2: And then I also joined because I wanted to better prepare myself for life.
Speaker 3: I wanted to accomplish a goal that no one else has accomplished in my family.
Speaker 4: I love all of the Army. I mean, there are so many parts that I was so worried about that I wouldn't make it through. It's been an experience, an incredible experience. And I look back, and it's more fun than anything now.
Speaker 5: Everything's fun. Everything's as fun as you make it. If you like to jump in big mud puddles, they let you do that here. If you like to climb monkey bars, they let you do that here. If you like to climb down 65-foot cargo nets, they let you do that here. If you like to rappel down walls, that's also something you get to do here that you probably won't ever do in the civilian world.
Speaker 6: I joined the Army because I wanted a challenge, and I didn't really want to go straight to college and I knew the Army would help me with the college tuition.
Speaker 7: I enrolled myself in the ROTC program and, you know, basically it would pay for my tuition and basically any other educational materials that you need.
Speaker 8: Basic Training is built for you to succeed. All you've got to do is give the effort. Once you give the effort, the drill sergeants will see that, and they'll make sure you succeed. And your battle buddies will see that and they'll make sure that you succeed.
Speaker 2: At first, a civilian, you feel like you can't complete. But then, when you complete it, you're like, "I wish I could do it all over again."
Speaker 1: My biggest surprise of Basic Combat Training was actually the relationship that developed with our drill sergeants.
Speaker 9: The drill sergeant's mission is to get us to work together as a team so that we can accomplish the goal that is set ahead of us.
Speaker 2: Our entire company's like a big family now. We all care about each other greatly.
Speaker 10: You find a lot of really good relationships and friendships that can be built here.
Speaker 11: We're all different, and after being here for a few weeks, we all become one.
Speaker 12: Stereotypes don't really happen here. It's not really a gender thing. We just all have our jobs to do. We're all Soldiers; we all wear the same uniform.
Speaker 2: I always admired those that are wearing the uniform, and I've always wanted to be in the uniform. And now I've got that chance, and now I'm very proud of myself to do it.