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Did you ever find yourself sitting on duty at 3 a.m. and just thinking, “In a given week, I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work”? You’re either in the military, or you're Peter Gibbons, lead character of the 1999 cult classic Office Space.

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Photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger

During my bi-annual visit to a local Verizon shop for a cell phone upgrade, the representative assisting me asked for identification to validate my account. I offered my military ID out of habit. This conversation then followed:

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For a lot of people, joining the Army means the first time they've ever had to wash their own laundry or mop a floor. I remember hearing a female soldier in basic training ask where she was supposed to put the detergent in the dryer. However, throughout my time in the Army so far, I have learned a lot about who I am, how I work, and what it takes to get motivated.

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Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink

Most veterans and military personnel remember their first military training experience with pride and dread. Pride in successfully completing their first military experience and dread from being so new and unknowledgeable when they got to their first unit. However, by only remembering the negative consequences of being a “boot,” we forget what being a boot really did for us to make our military career successful.

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