U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Lee

I arrive to swim week — a week of progressively difficult swim tests during Marine Corps boot camp — a mediocre swimmer. On day three, my platoon of about 50 women file into the swim facility. Hard-nosed swim instructors in tiny shorts line the pool deck and behold our startled expression as we march in.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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