By Ruth Kinane
March 15, 2019 at 01:22 PM EDT
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Just call her Cadet Carly!

The former Lizzie McGuire actress shared the news via TMZ Live on Wednesday that she has joined the military. During the live segment, she confirmed that she has already started training after being accepted into Officer Candidate School.

“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,” said the 28-year-old actress, whose father was a Green Beret and her brother is a Marine. She added that her father advised her to talk to every branch, which she did, before settling on 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,” Schroeder continued during the interview. “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.”

Schroeder — who played Melina Bianco on the Disney Channel show alongside Hilary Duff (Younger), and has also had spots on General Hospital and Law & Order: SVU — has been keeping her fans updated with her training via Instagram.

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