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18 Things That Cadets And Graduates Of The Youth ChalleNGe Program Understand

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program isn't easy, but it's so worth it....and not to mention, one of the most effective programs for teens struggling in high school.

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1. This is what your life is like before you attend the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.

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Pretty much.

2. Someone suggests you attend the Youth ChalleNGe Program, and you're probably like

3. Then you discover you can earn high school credits or graduate in less than 6 months, and you're like

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4. First week in the barracks.

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5. Before you know it, you've graduated from candidate to cadet.

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Hard-core ChalleNGe is but a memory.

6. Then you get REALLY motivated.

7. And PT? Totally becomes a piece of cake.

....and running and push-ups become second nature.

8. But when you don't follow instructions, you're like

9. You think about quitting, but then the cadre give you a pep talk and you’re like

10. Then you get more motivated than EVER.

So about this life.

So about this life.

11. Then you begin to realize that you’re really starting to change….for the better.

12. You even made platoon leader!

13. You leave for homepass and realize the joy your family feels when they realize that you’ve become a new person.

14. And on Family Day, mom REALLY knows you mean business.

Look at me now.
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Look at me now.

15. And just when you’re starting to really love the program, months have passed and you realize that it’s almost over.

16. But man, don't you feel like a million bucks when you walk across that stage after 5 1/2 months?

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17. When people ask you if ChalleNGe changed your life

Best. program. ever.

18. And at that moment, you realize that if you had the'd do it all over again.

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