A former Disney star is making an unexpected career change. Carly Schroeder, best known for her role on Disney's "Lizzie McGuire," has recently announced she has enlisted in the Army.
"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 recently shared with TMZ. "My dad was actually in the Army, he was a Green Beret medic, and my little brother Hunter, he's in the Marines now."
In February, the actress, 28, broke the news to her followers on social media about her plans to serve her country. The post, along with a photo of her, explained why she decided to leave acting and join the armed forces.
"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. 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," she captioned the post.
"That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs... I was accepted into Army #OCS (Officer Candidate School)," she went on to say.
She has also expressed her desire to give back more to the veteran community and to use the knowledge she has gained in college on human trafficking to help those in need.
"Serving my country will give my voice more validity. I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community," she added. "The military is a family and family always has each others back."
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