The untold stories of the military

This project examines the strained relationship between the military and the media and then attempts to correct some of the shortcomings in coverage with six written articles and a photo essay. By focusing on the lower ranking service members and exploring their backgrounds and interests, as opposed to relying on high-ranking, official sources, this project seeks to answer the question, who is the military? The articles included are a story about Marines who went through boot camp not speaking any English, a National Guardsman who fled his homeland of Nicaragua to avoid military service, only to join the U.S. military, a trend story about veterans going into acting, a deaf ROTC cadet trying to change the Army entrance requirements, an informational piece on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, a story about becoming a U.S. citizen through military service and a photo essay documenting what it takes to become a U.S. soldier.