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Quote of the day: Reflections on wearing an Army uniform for the first time

"I was an adult, standing with conviction that my life could and would become mine."

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“I can remember the first time I put on a uniform, looked at a mirror and realized my heart was full. Who was this? I was no longer a small-town kid with limited resources and no chance of going to college. Instead I was an adult, standing with conviction that my life could and would become mine.”

— “Former Spc. Melissa Gibson,” in a letter in the July 2016 issue of ARMY magazine
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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