As fewer Americans serve in the armed forces, the difficulty of translating the experience of military service to a wider public has only grown. But sometimes a picture tells a thousand words, as in this selection of winners from the 2011 Military Photographer of the Year competition.
Above, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Reagan Lodge, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, conducts water running exercises during a physical training session in Ramer Hall, on Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia on Sept. 14.
Lance Cpl. Sharon D. Kyle/U.S. Marine Corps