A former soap opera star and daughter of a Green Beret has joined the US military, exchanging her acting career for a future of military service.
Carly Schroeder, known for her roles on General Hospital and Lizzie McGuire, recently took on the family tradition of military service, following her Green Beret father and Marine brother.
“My father served the country as an Army Green Beret,” she said of her family. “You know, I couldn’t let the boys have all the fun!”
Schroeder is currently in Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where she is learning how to lead and live by the Army Values.
Not wanting to simply take an easier career path in the military, she is currently hoping to land a slot in the Armor, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Military Counterintelligence or the Military Police.
After her service, Schroeder hopes to put her learned skills to good use.
“When I was in college, I started learning about human trafficking; I’d been unaware of how big of an issue it is domestically. So, I would like to learn things in the military that can help me once I’m out to not only spread the message about it but also be on the team that can help fight and better assist those victims,” Schroeder said.
According to Celebrity Insider, Schroeder also hopes to raise awareness for homeless veterans, a demographic she frequently encountered in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining up, the actress spent a year training with Army Operations troops and police SWAT teams for a role in an action film.
In addition to training with military and police, Schroeder has taken some advanced tactical courses to ensure she stays on top.
“I’ve been through a TNVC (The Night Vision Company) night fighter course, I did CQB combat, I’ve done precision long range rifle, which is like- what you would see…the sniper rifles,” she said earlier this year. “I’ve done Telluric Group classes, I’ve worked with Green Line Tactical. I just took one last weekend.”
At 28 years of age, Schroeder will likely be older than many of her peers, but appears to be well-equipped to handle the task.
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