From Hollywood to Hooah!

Richard L.
by Richard L.
Photo Credit: Kingston @roaminglost

Carly Schroeder

Last March, I trained with Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC). For this course, I got the opportunity to partner with Carly Schroeder.

Photo Credit: Kingston @roaminglost


It was clear that this was not Carly’s first course. Carly’s training resume includes many top companies. Some of these include Telluric Group, Taran Tactical, and Max Ordinate. She also was the proud winner of Aimpoint’s photo contest. Carly began training for action films and fell in love with the 2A community, culture and courses. While quickly becoming an accomplished shooter, many will recognize Carly from her acting career.

Action Hero

We do not look to Hollywood for training value. But, it is more entertaining to watch action movies where the actors have made the effort to train. In 2019 we can only hope to move past the “teacup” grip. While Carly could easily become the next great Hollywood action hero, she has some great plans to help those off-screen.

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For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a living. As an actress, I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney Channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all-boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion.

That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from California Lutheran University in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs… I was accepted into Army OCS (Officer Candidate School).

There are three BIG reasons (among many others) why I took a break from my Hollywood career to #goarmy.

  1. College opened my eyes to global injustices. But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I am on a team helping these victims.
  2. Serving my country will give my voice more validity. I can better serve and advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community. The military is a family and family always has each other’s back.
  3. My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret… There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun.

I’d love to give a shout out to my big brothers Chip, Don and Buck! They trained me, believed in me and Wrote letters of recommendation for me. I love you guys! I promise to make you proud.

– Carly Schroeder

Physical Preparation

Carly may have had some great help, but it took a lot of internal drive as well. Training for boot camp, Carly began runs and hikes in her DFNDR armor plate carrier to prepare for rucks. Marathons didn’t scare her but the added weight was new and she wanted to be prepared. Rock climbing and weight lifting also contributed greatly towards her goals.

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Army Bound

While we may not see her on the big screen soon, I am sure this will not be the last time we hear from her. You can find Carly on instagram @carlyfries18. Best of luck to you Carly, Hooah!

Photo Credit: @dynamic_defense_inc
Richard L.
Richard L.

Richard lives in southern Indiana and has a strong interest in training, modified pistols, optics, and low profile gear/tactics. Some may consider it hoarding or some form of addiction, but he never tires in his pursuits as a stamp and lumen collector!For any corrections, input, or interest in posts, you can reach him at

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  • Wunder Nein Wunder Nein on Feb 13, 2019

    "College opened my eyes to global injustices."

    Proof that being a btch has no sex.

  • Fred Lead Fred Lead on Feb 14, 2019

    Much like this piece is an advertisement for a plate carrier company, Carly will probably be an advertisement for the Army. I'm not saying that is necessarily wrong, wasting someone with obvious advertising appeal would be dumb. Then again, it is the Army.

    • Wow! Wow! on Feb 16, 2019

      @Fred Lead I agree. You know how the media will pounce on the story if a celebrity dies or is injured in the military. We already have enough negative press towards the military and law enforcement. No need to give them fodder to play with and spin.