Back in September, The Denver Post’s Captured Photo Collection focused on the creation and development of a young recruit in the U.S. Army.  From the site:

This is how an American soldier is made.

For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat. A selection of photos from Ian’s journey are posted below.

A great photo essay.  Check it out here.