Hollywood can be very alluring as the fame and money are something few would turn down. But the lack of privacy and constant public scrutiny can grow tiring. Apparently, one actress has decided it’s not a lifestyle she wants any longer. Instead of living off her previous accomplishments, she has decided to enlist in the United States Army.
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Actress Carly Schroeder, 28, who is best known for her role in Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” has decided to leave the life of glitz and glamor for a uniform.
“I’ve been considering it for a while and it is a big choice, but thankfully my parents and my little brother were very supportive of me,” Schroeder explained. “My dad was actually in the Army, he was a Green Beret medic, and my little brother Hunter, he’s in the Marines now.”
According to Fox News, Schroeder wants to go into military intelligence after she completes Officer Candidate School. She plans to build upon her future Army career by using the skills she learns in the Army to combat human trafficking.
“On a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims,” she explained in a recent Instagram post.
Schroeder has posted a plethora of videos on Instagram of her participating in various military training exercises. She acknowledged her love for acting but decided she wants to do something more fulfilling.
“For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living. As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion,” Schroeder wrote. “I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney Channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all-boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion.”
According to Breitbart, Schroeder swore into the military in January and scored a 92 on the ASVAB. “Serving my country will give my voice more validity,” Schroeder said. “I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is a family and family always has each other’s back.