Narrator: Picture this. Jumping out of a helicopter during an ocean rescue mission. Leading a platoon at just 23 years old. Practicing tactical missions in total darkness. Each year, the thousands of men and women who choose to serve in the United States military take on awesome responsibilities like these and more. The service members profiled in Futures Magazine represent a cross-section of today’s military, and its opportunities for both working and enjoying the military lifestyle. They hail from across the US and from all walks of life. These are their stories in their own words.