An Afghan National Army soldier patrols the village market in Mata Khan, Paktika Province, Afghanistan on Dec. 15, 2009.  The 102, 000 strong army are eager to participate in the future of their country. The largest hurdle most of them face is illiteracy. Only about 14 percent of the new recruits are literate, leaving most unable to read simple instructions for a weapon, a map or a road sign. In addition to classes in marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, the training program includes courses in basic literacy.  (image by Chad Mc Neeley)
An Afghan National Army soldier patrols the village market in Mata Khan, Paktika Province, Afghanistan on Dec. 15, 2009. The 102, 000 strong army are eager to participate in the future of their country. The largest hurdle most of them face is illiteracy. Only about 14 percent of the new recruits are literate, leaving most unable to read simple instructions for a weapon, a map or a road sign. In addition to classes in marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, the training program includes courses in basic literacy.
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