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41 members of this American Samoa family are training at Fort Lee together

May 23, 2020

From the Connecting Vets website

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Enlisting in the Army with a childhood friend or relative is a generations-old practice meant to bring familiarity and comfort to an experience fraught with stress and uncertainty.

So, does signing up with more than one recruit further ease the difficulties associated with initial military training?

The answer is an emphatic “yes” as it relates to members of a Samoan family with a decidedly large footprint here. There are 41 of them enrolled in various Sustainment Center of Excellence courses here, twisting the old adage “strength in numbers.”

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Thanks to Rex Jones, former EEO manager for the Hawaii National Guard for sharing this article. After leaving Hawaii, he worked in other Federal agencies before retiring. He currently is the owner of RJ Consulting in Wisconsin.

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