The Whole Family Joins the Army


By Beth Kowitt, Fortune

Photo: Antonin Kratochvil/VII
Photo: Antonin Kratochvil/VII
Lynette Mendez, 43, Holyoke, Mass.

Lynette Mendez wears pink sweaters and recently took in an unwanted cat. She is a mother hen who shuttles her daughter, Cheramie, to her after-school job and picks up her kids' friends from work. So it's hard to picture Mendez decked out in camouflage, scaling walls or firing M-16s. But that's what she'll be doing as soon as the paperwork goes through. Despite having a master's degree in accounting, she can't find a job -- so she has joined the U.S. Army Reserve.

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