Battaglia U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team
Marine Corps. Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, displays his team T-shirt, a gift from Jürgen Klinsmann, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team head coach, during an open practice for fans at Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla., June 6, 2014. (CREDIT: DOD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence Hayes

US Men’s Soccer Team Unites with Military For World Cup

Dog tag exchange with military branches keeping members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team focused while in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

Each member of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team participating in the 2014 World Cup has two specialized dog tags that contain various information.

The information on one, according to Yahoo! Sports, includes the player’s name, position, hometown and pro team. But the second dog tag includes something even more special: the military information of the soldier who gave the dog tags to each player.

The dog tags are part of the Commitment to Service initiative created by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, who is focused on making a deeper connection between the military and sports leagues and stars.

The players are using their dog tags to remind them what they’re playing for in Brazil.

… many players are wearing them whenever possible here in Brazil, including before and after games as a personal and profound reminder to what it means to represent the country.

“We don’t want anything from the players,” Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes, of the Office of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, told Yahoo! Sports. “We want them to go to Brazil, perform to the best of their abilities and represent the country the best they can. We gave them the gift.”

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