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Former Disney Star Trades Fame for Fatigues, Enlists in US Army

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Actress Carly Schroeder decided to leave the world of glitz and glitter for one of grime and guns.

The former “Lizzie McGuire” actress enlisted in the Army in January 2019, according to TMZ.

“I’ve been considering it for a while and it is a big choice, but thankfully my parents and my little brother were very supportive of me,” said Schroeder, 28.

“My dad was actually in the Army, he was a Green Beret medic, and my little brother Hunter, he’s in the Marines now.”

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Schroeder told her fans the reasons for her decision in a post on Instagram.

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For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living. As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion. . That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs… I was accepted into Army #OCS (Officer Candidate School). . There are three BIG reasons (among many others) why I am taking a break from Hollywood to #goarmy . 1. College opened my eyes to global injustices. But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims. . 2. Serving my country will give my voice more validity. I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is a family and family always has each others back. . 3. My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret… There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun. #hooah #actresstoarmy #startedondisneynowimhere 💁🏼‍♀️ . Thank you to my big brothers who teach, encourage and support me. I’ll make you proud. ♥️ @hunter_schroede0372 @claskytac @greenlinetactical @longhighwayhome @garand_thumb @tyler_hughes_ss

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“For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living. As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion,” she posted.
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“That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs … I was accepted into Army #OCS (Officer Candidate School),” she wrote.

In her post, she cited three major reasons for joining the Army.

“College opened my eyes to global injustices,” she wrote.

“But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims,” she wrote.

She also said that active service is the first step for a life of advocacy.

“Serving my country will give my voice more validity. I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is a family and family always has each others back,” she posted.

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Last, but far from least, was the question of sibling rivalry.

“My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret … There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun,” she posted, adding, “Thank you to my big brothers who teach, encourage and support me. I’ll make you proud.”

Is Schroeder the type of role model we need from Hollywood?

Schroeder played the character of Melina Bianco on “Lizzie McGuire” both during its TV run and in the film version of the show.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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