Parents' Guide to

Starting Strong

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

U.S. Army recruitment series presented as reality show.

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Starting Strong, which is produced by actor Ricky Schroder and airs on You Tube, offers viewers a unique behind-the scenes look at what life is like as a soldier after boot camp. It underscores the kinds of traits that make a good soldier, and highlights the positive ways that joining the military has changed people's lives. It also notes how the skills developed in military service can open doors for soldiers once they return to civilian life.

It's presented as a reality show, but the series is really a thinly disguised modern-day recruitment video produced in part by the U.S. Army. Nonetheless, those who are interested in the military will find it interesting, while others may find the messages it offers about hard work, honor, teamwork, and patriotism inspiring.

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