Intense Pictures Of US Army Soldiers In Training

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Photo: The U.S. Army on Flickr

As U.S. military participation in Iraq and Afghanistan draws to a close, defence spending cuts threaten to trim the size of the military.Regardless, would-be soldiers are hard at work preparing for the challenges of modern warfare.

Check out these stunning pictures from the U.S. Army and see how soldiers prepare for battle and keep their skills sharp before heading off to serve their country all around the world.

They start by cutting their hair...

Getting in shape...

And learning the basics.

They jump...

They land...

And they learn to work as a team.

They prepare themselves for warfare...

In cities...

Villages...

And mountains.

Simulating battle,

They fire missiles...

Shoot rockets...

And fly all around the world.

They learn special skills...

With all kinds of weapons.

They recruit future generations of military personnel.

They learn how to care for the weak...

And rescue the wounded.

They lend a hand on foot...

And from the air.

And commemorate the birth of the USA.

They keep their skills sharp...

And prove they're ready for battle.

They compete...

Using the skills they'll need in the field.

They finish their training.

Then head off to serve their country wherever they are needed most.

Now see where many of them are going

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