What does it take to join the US Army? What is a typical day in basic training like? What is the proper way to wear the uniform and display badges and decorations? How are promotions decided? What are the service's education opportunities and health benefits? What are the branches of the Army? What must the new soldier learn about Army weapons and equipment? What, in sum, is it like to be a soldier? This book answers these and other questions about Army life, traditions, history, awards, current trends, promotion, policy, pay, education, retirement benefits, weapons systems and rank structure. This guide to being a soldier in today's US Army provides an up-to-date picture of all facets of Army life, and all the practical information that a soldier needs to know from the day he or she considers joining the Army until discharge or retirement.