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How to enlist for the US army

Every day, the citizens of the United States of America enjoy freedom at the utmost extent. This is why it should be the duty of every citizen to uphold the country’s sovereignty in their own ways. For some citizens, this means enlisting in the US army to help protect the country and its citizens from foreign adversaries. According to history buff John Eilermann, the country has had several widespread attempts at recruiting men and women into the United States Army over the last few decades. While the army is not as aggressive as it was in previous decades in terms of recruiting new blood, there are still those who are interested in joining the ranks. Here is how you can enlist for the US army.

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Enlisting for the US army requires a set of strict criteria before a recruit is even considered. The primary criteria needed for anyone to enlist is that they should first be a citizen of the United States of America, or a resident alien. Other requirements include falling under the age bracket of 17 and 34, with 17 year olds requiring parental consent. A high school diploma is also required for the enlistment, as well as the condition that the cadet should not have more than two dependents.

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Applicants should also be able to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, as well as pass the Military Entrance Processing Station medical exam. The ASVAB measures the recruit’s knowledge in aspects of arithmetic, comprehension, general science, auto shop, mechanical comprehension, and coding speed to name a few. And the MEPS is necessary to ensure that the applicant is of a healthy stature. According to John Eilermann, applicants have different reasons for enlisting. Besides the opportunity to defend your country, the army also provides benefits such as healthcare, life insurance, tax advantage, and tuition assistance.

John Eilermann lives in Chicago and is mostly fixated on baseball and soccer. He is also deeply interested in World War II facts and memorabilia. Know more about Mr. Eilermann by visiting this page.

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An interesting timeline of the U.S. Army camouflage

I’m John Eilermann, and I love reading up on anything related to World War II. I believe we can learn a lot of useful and fascinating things even with this being the darkest part of man’s history.

For today, I want to discuss something I read about recently – the history of the U.S. Army camouflage. Here’s a short timeline.

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1700s and 1800s: American soldiers would put mud on their blue coats to blend into the brown environment. Many historians believe this to be one of the first known camouflages used by Americans.

1902: The first U.S. Army camouflage, based on the green and brown uniforms of U.K. soldiers stationed in India, came out. The classic blue uniforms became dress clothes for formal occasions.

World War I: Soldiers who were once clothing designers as civilians created more effective camouflage uniforms.

World War II: Soldiers in WW2 wore reversible coveralls, or “frog patterns.”

1950s: A camouflage patterned after leaves and twigs was produced but was quickly phased out.

The Vietnam War: Patterned after the camouflage of NAVY Seal and Special Forces uniforms, the new U.S. Army uniforms resembled those of tiger-stripes. According to John Eilermann research, there were several variations for soldiers in different terrain.

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1970s: The M81 woodland was created for European operations. The camouflage had black, brown, khaki, and green colors.

The Gulf War: The camouflage worn here would be the camouflage that many soldiers in the U.S. wear today. They had six colors – gray, green, brown, tan, khaki, and black.

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