“Two years ago, I was a trouble-maker who always let my teachers and parents down. After two years of training in the army, I grew up and changed a lot. Now I respect my parents and elders, as well as taking care of younger children.”——Li Meng
“Before joined the army, I was a spoiled boy and unable to bear any setbacks since everything had been well-prepared for me. Two years in the army made me stronger and more established. I have been constantly growing and changing during this time.” —Cheng Shuaiqiang
“I was a bad boy who never listened to the family before I went to the army. But I grew up after I became a soldier, and what this green uniform taught me was that only endeavor and perseverance could make me a grown-up.”—Sun Zhen
“I was lucky I went to the army, which turned me into a soldier with great honor and responsibility. Back to my childhood, I did a lot of things that worryied my parents. In the end, I rebuilt a better life in the army.” ——Zan Shuai
“Time flies - two years of army life is over now. The army life brings me a better understanding of the meaning of responsibility, mission and perseverance. The army was just like a big family where I grew up independently and began to examine my life and become mature.” —— Pei Jie
“I was in high school at that time when I was immature and rebellious. I also quarreled with my parents a lot. After I went to the army, I have gone through a lot of changes and learned to get along with others. The most important thing is that I am willing to do anything that will repay my family’s expectations of me.” ——Li Yongkang
Nie Weimin, 20, from Muyang, Jiangsu province
This is the outfit that I have been in for the most times in my life so far. Every time I stand guard, I put it on. Every time after I wash it, I iron it till I see no wrinkles. Because in my heart, it represents the image of a soldier. This is the last time I will wear it.
Zhang Xuecheng, 22, from Handan, Hebei province
The locker has accompanied me for two years, from when I first came to the army, till now when I’m retiring as a private first class. Spring, summer, autum and then winter, time flies. I’m leaving the army. I’ll remember and respect everything that I experienced.
Chen Kailong, 20, from Datong, Shanxi province
It’s been two years. Maybe it’s the last time I'll put the army cap on. I never paid attention to the details like this before I came here. I never knew what they meant when people said it’s a great honor to be a soldier. But during my days here, details are what fulfill my life. To take the cap as an example, the emblem on it reminds me every minute that I’m a soldier, and that I have responsibilities on my shoulders.
Li Yongkang, 20, from Xuzhou, Jiangsu province
Two shifts a day, two hours a shift, I spent 731 days in the army in the past two years. My youth is worth it. Every time I stand here, I’m proud, because I’m a soldier, and I keep guard for people.
Zhang Weisen, 19, from Guantao, Hebei province
In my military life, I laughed and cried, suffered and had been sad. Every time when I encounter difficulties, I come here in front of the 'wall of smiles'. I look at my bros, who give me confidence and courage, and get me through. The wall is what I’ll miss the most. It records our smiles and memories. I appreciate you all, my brothers.
Zhao Kaiyu, 22, from Baoding, Hebei province
When I get some free time, I dive into the study room, where there are many books that I like. I learned much from the books, which also relax me from the exhausting training. It feels great.
Zhao Peihu, 20, from Siyang, Jiangsu province
I used to throw away the worn shoes, even if I don’t, my parents used to clean them for me. After I came to the army, I was not the spoiled boy anymore. I learned to be diligent and thrifty. I have been wearing the black military shoes for two years, but I’m reluctant to throw them away, although they are truly worn out.
Xu Yuandong, 25, from Datong, Shanxi province
Before I came to the army, housework was tiring and dirty to me, and I never helped my parents with it, even when they were exhausted. Things changed when I became a soldier. I have mopped the hallways in the camp for the two whole years.
Guo Mengwu, 20, from Peixian, Jiangsu province
I thought soldiers were great before I joined the army. But I never thought about what made them great. Now I have experienced the military life of training and standing guard. Soldiers throw themselves into the difficulties, which deserves applause. I’m determined to be such a great person in my life.
Wang Ruijie, 19, from Huairen, Shanxi province
Study makes me happy. I used to fall asleep in classes when I was back in school. But after I joined the army, our political instructor gives vivid lectures, which inspires me a lot. I realized that it’s not true that I couldn’t listen to the teacher carefully and take notes. It’s the interest.
Sun Zhen, 22, from Muyang, Jiangsu province
I used to be spoiled and rebellious. In the army, I learned to get up early, depend on myself, and understand it’s not easy to be parents. I’ll keep that in mind. Even now that I've taken off the uniform, I’m always a soldier.
Zhou Hang, 22, from Siyang, Jiangsu province
This is our study room. We spent much time here during classes in the past two years. I get to sit in the soft chairs when meeting, learning, reading and during free time. To lean on the desk for a short while is relaxing and enjoyable.
Cheng Shuaiqiang, 23, from Dengfeng, Henan province
Every day we leave the washing stuff nicely placed after use. We have strict rules about how we should take care of personal belongings, which always keep us principled. As you can see, all the washbasins are placed the same, and even the towels are folded as required.
Shi Xindian, 20, from Baoding, Hebei province
I used to be weak, weighing less than 50 kilograms. I couldn’t really help with any work at home as I was not strong at all. In the two years in the army, I got much stronger and well built.
Xia Guangfa, 20, from Baoding, Hebei province
The saying goes in the army: 'How you stand in a line shows your dignity when you are outside, and how you arrange your room when you are indoors.' The blanket is the most important part in the room and is the first thing we take care of in the morning. The most unforgettable memory should be missing the breakfast for the blanket.