The Denver Post recently ran an incredible photo essay that followed Colorado native Ian Fisher over the course of 27 months from his high school graduation to his induction into the Army, through basic training and from there to combat in Iraq.
Here are few of the pictures from that amazing essay.
Recruits playing at war.
Recruits playing dress-up.
Saying goodbye to weeping friends.
Young steely eyed killers ready themselves for the real thing in Iraq.
All grown up.
A call home from the war.
America’s child warriors.
“He wasn’t in it for the money. He was only in it for God and country. That’s the reason most infantrymen join.
1st Sergeant Gavino Barron — Ian Fisher’s Recruiter