Former 'Lizzie McGuire' actress Carly Schroeder is joining the Army
By MAEVE MCDERMOTT | USA Today | Published: March 15, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — Carly Schroeder, the 28-year-old actress best known for her role in the Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire," is taking a route that few in Hollywood have attempted: joining the military.
Schroeder appeared on TMZ Live on Wednesday to discuss her decision, sharing that she's already been accepted into Officer Candidate School and has begun training.
"I've been considering it for a while, and it is a big choice, but thankfully my parents and my little brother were very supportive of me," Schroeder said, sharing that her father was a Green Beret and her brother is a Marine. "(My father) said, think about it, talk to every branch and pick which one is best for you. I picked the Army."
"Going into the military gives me an opportunity to better advocate for this (armed services) family I'm going to be a part of and it gives my voice more validity. I also learned in college about human trafficking, and I think going into the military will actually teach me skills that can help me help others who have been affected by this."
She added that she hoped to eventually go into intelligence, which is involved in fighting trafficking.
Schroeder has been documenting her training on Instagram, most recently sharing footage from a target practice session.
Best known for playing Melina Bianco alongside Hilary Duff on "Lizzie McGuire" Schroeder has also appeared on shows such as "General Hospital" and "Law & Order: SVU."