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serve • artillery • on site
 partnership • infantry
  1. They are trying to form a with Mexico.
  2. Almost all the other members were killed by the bomb.
  3. How many years did you in the Navy?
  4. Are the clothes made ?
  5. He lost hearing from using heavy every day in combat.
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901 In the Army
Michael from Singapore talks a little about serving in his country's army.

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All men serve in the army.

We work, for example, in a company, but we serve in politics or the military.  Note the following:

  1. He served in the Navy for six years.
  2. The President never served in the military.


I was actually posted to the artillery branch.

Artillery is a section of the military that uses very large guns.  Note the following:

  1. It is very loud where I live because my house is near an artillery range.
  2. He wanted to be a pilot but was put in artillery instead.

on site

We have to study how to repair the guns on site.

Things that are done on site happen at the place where people work.  Note the following:

  1. The copy machine repairman fixed the machine on site.
  2. All managerial decisions are made on site.


So you have a military partnership with Australia.

The word 'partnership' most often talks about a business relationship.  Note the following:

  1. My university has a partnership with a college in Germany, so I can study there if I want.
  2. The two companies signed a partnership to share research.


The other infantry exercises are in the United States or Sweden.

The infantry is the part of the military that fights on the ground.  Note the following:

  1. Soldiers with few skills are usually put in the infantry.
  2. To be in the infantry, all you need is a uniform, some boots, and a rifle.