In May, Lauren Chapman will become one of the more than 200,000 active-duty women serving in the U.S. military. Chapman, a Navy ROTC cadet at Penn State, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant at a time when the role of women in the military is being redefined..Throughout her Penn State undergraduate days, Chapman has juggled a demanding ROTC schedule and academic course load. She is also a member of the university’s cheerleading team. She balances the demands of her training as a future Naval officer with a rigorous academic schedule and commitments to her cheerleading squad..?Someone is always telling me how to wear my hair,? Chapman said, joking that her hairstyle is just one of the many aspects of her life that is controlled by both her commitment to ROTC and cheerleading..Lauren Chapman works out in a local gym in State College, Pa., on July 17, 2012.

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