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Magazine article Army

SoldierSpeak

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On Physical Fitness Standards

"There is no pause button on being a soldier," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during a visit to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., talking about soldiers who have failed the Army Physical Fitness Test. "Nowhere in the regulations does it say two or three times you are allowed to be fat. It says you have to be skinny all the time. You should be graded from the time you enter the Army until the time you leave."

On Duty in El Salvador

"This is a dangerous place," said Lt. Col. Joseph Dermenjian, U.S. Army Task Force Northstar commander, while visiting El Salvador. "We've made a lot of changes to put in a high posture of security to make sure our guys are safe."

On Making a Difference

"It's the little things that people do every day that add up to make a difference," said Capt. Peter Stone, chaplain for the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, while taking part in a program to feed the homeless in Clarksville, Tenn. "No one can do all the work by themselves. Every little thing we do in service for others makes a difference, whether or not we ever see the results."

On What Army Spouses Need

"Military spouses need more help: a place to talk, to hurt, to be real without feeling it is unpatriotic or out of place," said Corie Weathers, the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year and wife of Army Capt. Matthew Weathers, a Fort Gordon, Ga., chaplain. Weathers is a licensed counselor aiding other spouses and said her goal is to help them "thrive in their marriages, their personal goals, cope with the changes in their soldiers, as well as the coming changes in the military. …

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