Soldier Girls documents the lives of three women who serve in the National Guard over a twelve year period as they join the military, deploy overseas, and return back home. All three enlisted before 9/11, and never anticipated being sent on lengthy overseas deployments. The three women represent three different generations: One is a college student, one is a single mother with three children, and one becomes a grandmother during their first deployment. All have struggled economically and the military offers a steady paycheck and a chance to prove their competence. They bond while deployed together to Afghanistan. Two of the women are subsequently sent on a second deployment, this time to Iraq, which proves far more difficult than their first tour. Despite their differences, the three women become close friends, and help each other through the challenging yearlong separations from their families and loved ones, as well as the difficulty of returning to their civilian lives in the United States. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to family members back home. They also drink too much and flounder at first after they return. One sustains injuries when the truck she is driving hits an explosive device, blowing up the vehicle. She survives, but her friends become a critical support team as she learns to cope with PTSD. A moving account of female friendship.