The life of a soldier varies and is dependent on the chosen Service branch. There are of course several experiences that are mutual across all military life, such as basic training, taking care of the family on base or deploying for the first time.
The Service branch, career choice and required training determine a service member’s length of commitment to the armed forces. However, active duty is not a 24-hour job; soldiers and other service members do enjoy off-work hours, just like anybody else in a civilian job.
Nevertheless, if you are in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), you could be said to have an ‘on-call’ job, which means you live at home maintaining your job but are available to be called upon if necessary.
A large part of any armed forces is physical fitness, and every recruit must pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) at basic training level in order to be allowed to continue with the rest of their training.
Fitness levels throughout service time are largely dependent on the force branch you have entered into, for example, some members of the services are required to pass a PFT every six months in order to continue service. However, the military always encourages those it employs to maintain a good standard of fitness.
Military life is also full of recreational activities on base to enhance social life, and service members are given the benefit of experiencing great outside discounts.
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