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"Joe Winters" prepares physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to begin his training as a U.S. Army Special Operations candidate. Hailing from a conservative Louisiana family, his identity as a gay man studying acting at the University of Minnesota was challenged and cultivated by his decision to enlist. Edits have been made to this story to protect the subject's identity and U.S. Army operational security. "Joe Winters" is not the subject's given name. 

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