Fraternal twins, Annika and Margaret Meyer, recently became permanent battle buddies after graduating Basic Combat Training together on Jan. 30 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The twins were assigned to the same company within 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment enabling them to tackle the training and graduate together.

"It was just a coincidence," said Pvt. Annika Meyer on being assigned to the same unit as her sister. "Purely by chance."

The two marched across Hilton Field during their graduation ceremony as their parents looked on.

"I'm extremely proud of them," said their father Steven Meyer. "I never thought I'd have daughters who are Soldiers."

The twins will now travel together to Fort Lee, Virginia where they will attend Advanced Individual Training to become Culinary Specialists. While there they will learn to prepare, cook and serve meals to Soldiers in both a garrison and deployed environment. They will also have opportunities in their future careers to compete in culinary competitions and attend specialty schools to hone and learn new culinary skills.

"We have a permanent battle buddy now," said Pvt. Margaret Meyer. "I think it's a neat chance, especially if we get to go overseas, we might be able to be together."

While the twins are together for only a little while longer as they complete AIT, they will always share the bond of sisterhood through their Family tie, military service and the new friendships they will forge throughout their military careers.

"I feel really blessed to have her," Pvt. Annika Meyer said. "It's something that no one else had and having her there was amazing."

After earning the title of Soldier and marching across the parade field with the rest of their graduating battalion, the twins will be able to spend a few days celebrating the milestone with their Family before reporting to Fort Lee.

"I can't believe these girls who used to play with Polly Pockets and princesses would accomplish this great feat," said their mother Rebeca Meyer.