Excellent portrait of what it's like to join the US Army
Producer Sarah Goodman somehow talked the US Army into letting her follow three new recruits through their first two years in the service, from bootcamp on. I have no idea how she managed this but it makes for an amazing documentary. The three come from very different backgrounds: Sara is a would-be modern dancer who gets talked into enlisting by her father when her career fails to materialize, Thad quit a lucrative career as a stockbroker to sign up out of patriotism the week after 9/11, and Nelson comes from a ghetto in the South Bronx and wants a ticket out. Without moralizing or drawing our conclusions for us, Army of One is a fascinating portrait of just what your life might be like if you join the most powerful army in the world.
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