Despite the hardships of serving in the military, U.S. service men and women are choosing to reenlist in high numbers, particularly in the U.S. Army.
That branch of the military has not only met, but exceeded its recruiting goal for the year.
At the Fort Benning Army base in Georgia, 80 soldiers decided to reenlist. Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter shook the hand of each one.
Although serving is physically and mentally grueling, it does have its rewards.
"I'm honored to continue serving. It gives us the opportunity to go see Germany and to go see Europe," said Sgt. Matthew Wallace, an Army surgeon who re-enlisted for four years.
Sgt. Michael Trado agreed, saying his military service was a labor of love.
"Go back to the fight. Go somewhere new," he said. "Maybe bring more guys home. Make sure they do not come home in body bags."
Some soldiers sign up for another four years, while others make a lifetime commitment.
"I'm indefinite, which is until the Army lets me go," Sgt. Jose Trejo said.
Reenlisting is not only a commitment for the soldiers, but for their spouses and children as well.
"I know that it brings changes to our family," Trado's wife Kelly said. "And that is one of the things we were looking for, something different."
"It took a little bit of convincing, but he loves his job and what he does," Sara Trejo said.