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In Greece joining the army is obligatory for men over 18. I joined the army after several postponings (due to my studies) in May 2005. In the beggining I had to spend some time in Rethimno's army camp of basic trainning. Army is sometimes a hard story, especially if you are much older comparing to your 18-19 year old fellow soldiers but it is fun too and you make good friends there. The picture was taken in rethimno during the noon siesta of my fellow soldiers after a very tiring day of training.I was on service outside the bedroom guarding them in order to have a quiet and safe sleep. When it was time to go to bed, firlsty we had to wash our legs and then leave our boots outside our common bedrooms for obvious reasons. As you can see some boots are locked together.. This is because many soldiers were the same size of boots and it easy to get confused when chosing their pair of boots. Besides very often the boots get broken and the service doesn't replace them.. so some soldiers are tempted to steal a pair of their size...
Useless note: The Greek army boots are really uncomfortable and your feet gain a lot of wounds and swellings.
Technical note: I made the picture b&w,used posterizing tool in PS and played with the contrast

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