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[Following is an official review of "Army Life" by Darryl Jefferson.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Army Life by Darryl Jefferson is a true-life account of the author's days in the Army. As a young boy, he had always been obsessed with joining the Army and constantly dreamed of being deployed to fight in a war. Spurred on by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he did an ROTC program and later enlisted in the Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan, but did he become the hero he always dreamed about? What did life in the Army entail during the war? Army Life will carry readers through this exciting journey.

The author portrays an accurate rendition of what the Army entails. The constant use of profanities and the debaucherous lifestyle of many of the serving men, himself included, is a perfect example. The author does not shy away from painting this image and gives readers a reason in his statement: "This was simply to accurately portray the dialogue one will hear in the Army."

The book also portrays the Army's harsh, brutal, and grueling nature. From the continuous drills and grueling physical and mental training undergone through the "Basic Training Program" to junior officers being constantly "smoked" by senior officers and NCOs for any action deemed unfit, readers can understand how the Army runs.

The book also examines how war and violence in the military affect the mental health and stability of many serving men. Jon's PTSD suffered after his deployment to Afghanistan, Herdals PTSD after his Iraq and Afghanistan tours, and the suicide of Jake Crebessa after suffering PTSD from his deployment in Afghanistan are clear examples of the effect of violence and war on the mental health of many of the serving men in the Army. The author is courageous to share these uncomfortable outcomes.

Army Life was professionally edited, as only one error was noticed. I'd recommend it to readers who enjoy stories about the Army. There was nothing I disliked in the book. Therefore, I'd rate it 5 out of 5 stars. As you would expect from a book about military life, there were heavy vulgar words and explicit sex scenes. I would advise sensitive readers to read with caution.

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Post by Adiskidan »

Thank you for such a detailed and insightful review Your review has solidified my desire to read this book. I appreciate the author's honest portrayal of Army life, and his willingness to discuss the harsh and brutal reality of serving in the military. I believe it is important to understand the effects violence and war can have on soldiers' mental health, and I am impressed by the author's courage to share such uncomfortable outcomes. I am also pleased to hear that the book was professionally edited and that there were minimal errors. I will take your caution about vulgar language and sex scenes into consideration when I read the book. Overall, I am excited to read Army Life and recommend it to others who are interested in real-life accounts of Army life. Thank you again for your well-written and informative review.
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