A nation’s military is an intriguing reflection of the country itself - a microcosm of national self-perception and circumstances. For some, the military exists as an opportunity to parade and celebrate pomp and tradition as one of the oldest institutions of state. For others, the military is an exhausted, tragic necessity. But populating them all are thousands of citizens, dedicated to their cause, and distinctly human. We’ve selected a handful of fascinating images of soldiers uploaded by our photographers across the globe.