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New Recruits Attending Orientation Briefings At Fort Bragg

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — For the last several years, a young recruit signing up for the Army might not have given war a second thought, but times have changed.

Many soldiers attended an orientation briefing Wednesday at Fort Bragg. They signed the dotted line before the events of Sept. 11. Now, they realize dangers and deployments could come quicker than they ever imagined.

"Right now, it's up to them, but eventually, it is going to be me. I'm going to be the one leaving my family, defending my country," said soldier Melissa Cuttin. "It's what I joined to do, but still it's scary."

At the orientation briefing, soldiers learn about many services on Fort Bragg, including family support groups, which prove to be important for new military families.