Education Comes Fast When You're in a Firefight
When dawn came, it was standard operating procedure (SOP) for us to "sound off" with our weapons, directing our bullets to our front to clear the area. On this particular morning, the Viet Cong (VC) decided to reply. They had stuck around, hoping to entrap us with B Company.
A Postscript to World War II: My Dad's Experience in Trieste
Why the U.S., Britain, and Yugoslavia occupied the Free Territory of Trieste and its port in the Adriatic Sea for several years after World War II, along with my Dad's Army photos from his 1947-50 involvement there, and his story about a magical encounter.
Joining the Army: The Road to Enlistment and Basic Training
Thinking of joining the Army? A story from a US Army Cavalry Veteran detailing his adventure through recruitment, enlistment, and finally arriving at basic training. Prepare for a true account of an average Joe's real experience.
The Questionable Quality of Mainland Chinese Submarines
As with much of China's military equipment, the quality of Chinese submarines needs to mature.
Think Twice Before You Move Into a PMQ
Thinking of moving into permanent married quarters, otherwise known as a PMQ with your military spouse? Yes, PMQs are great if you are looking for cheap housing close to the military base and want to live in a welcoming community, but no one ever mentions the downfalls of moving into a PMQ.
How a Chinese Type 96B Tank Lost a Wheel During an Event
For a rising dragon of Asia, China got poor equipment to begin with.
Vintage Posters From America's War Years: A Memorial Day Reflection
During World Wars I and II, the United States was reluctant to go to war, but when the international climate looked bleak, posters were one way to stimulate support for military action.
Should the US Marine Corps Revisit Their Maneuver Warfare Doctrine?
In the 1980s, the US Marine Corps adopted a new doctrine of maneuver warfare, known today as "Warfighting". Experienced leaders of the Vietnam era sought to overcome the shortfalls of an attritionist mindset in their ranks. But has this doctrine stood the test of time? Will it need further revision?
Eisenhower’s Warnings About the Military-Industrial Complex
In 1961, President Eisenhower prophetically warned the nation about the growing fusion of the armed forces and corporations. In his view, such a fusion presented a threat to American democracy due to their overemphasized political influence and the accompanying danger of a perpetual march to war.
American Legion Joins VFW in Calling for Congressional Investigation of Israel's Attack on USS Liberty
Israeli radio transmissions show ship was confirmed American during the attack.
Life After the Army: 7 Things You Learn as a Veteran
One day you're a soldier, and the next, you're a veteran. Life as a veteran is different but in an unexpected way. How? For more information, take a look at this article.
7 Things the Army Doesn't Teach You
It’s hard to believe, but once you're discharged from the Army, there are regrets because nobody sat you down, got in your face and told you a few simple things. A few years down the line, you’re thinking, “Why didn't anyone tell me?”
Nine Times the Navy Christened Vessels With Confederate Names
You think Confederate statues are an issue? It was not that long ago that the US Navy had a portion of its fleet named after heroes of the confederacy.
10 Things the Army Teaches You (Faster Than Anyone Else)
I'm not talking about stuff like how to read a map or how to clean a rifle. I'm talking about important life lessons everybody learns but nobody sits down to teach us.
"Canadian Armed Forces Suffering From Underfunding" - DUH!
Is there no actual news? Shouldn't headlines offer some amount of new information?
"Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War" by Dakota Meyer (Summary)
This article is about the book, "Into The Fire," written by Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer, and the time he spent serving our country.
Are Veterans Really Benefiting From Veteran Not-For-Profit Organizations?
There are not-for-profits claiming to serve the military veteran community and making millions of dollars in profits while denying veterans much needed services.
Legendary Letter Carriers: Harold Schultz, the "Real" Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima
Harold Schultz, a posthumously recognized flag raiser of Iwo Jima, was a man who shunned the spotlight. Until very recently, history completely forgot about him. Here is this postal employee's tale.
Best and Worst Rated Air Force Bases Home and Abroad
I have created lists of the best and worst rated Air Force bases. These lists should make it easier for others to see which bases are good and those that are bad.
How to Get Army Promotion Points & Get Promoted Faster
A break down of all the different ways you can get promotion points in the Army and get your promotion faster.
Advice for New Soldiers Joining the Army: How to Make it Through Basic Training
Learn how to make the best out of your time in Army Basic Training. I give you tips on how to get through Basic Training with the least amount of trouble.
7 Awesome Things About the Army Your Recruiter Will Never Tell You
If you're thinking about joining the Army, your recruiter will tell you just about anything to get you to sign the dotted line. Still, there are some goodies he'll never tell you about.
10 Awful Things About the Army That Nobody Tells You
The Army can be an amazing experience, and some people consider it to be one of the best experiences of their lives. However, there's no need to go rushing in without some extra knowledge, and despite its good points, there are awful aspects of the Army that everyone forgets to talk about.
A Parents' Guide to Surviving Air Force Basic Training (BMTS)
This article will offer info on how to handle the experience of your child going through basic training.
Following the 93rd Indiana Infantry in the Civil War
In trying to understand my ancestor's experience in the Civil War, I'm mapping out the movements and battles of the 93rd Indiana Infantry. Abraham Bates Tower was a private with Company G of the 93rd. Follow along with me.
So You've Decided to Join the Military: Things I Wish My Recruiter Had Warned Me About
Here are a few things you might want to take into consideration if you're thinking about joining the military. Remember, you're recruiter's job is getting people into the military, and not always giving them all of the info.
The Molotov Cocktail: One Cocktail You Don't Want To Drink
This cocktail is not one that you can drink. This cocktail is known for its big explosion and used as early as during World War II.
How to Negotiate With an Army Recruiter: Things to Know Before Signing Your Military Contract
What you need to know before signing that Army contract. Negotiating with the Army recruiter is not only suggested but necessary.
A Woman's Guide to Surviving Air Force Basic Training
There is not much information on what women should do for Air Force basic training. This is a basic guide of how to survive basic training.
Joining the U.S. Army: Pros and Cons From a Soldier's Viewpoint
Learn the pros and cons of joining the U.S. Army—is the army life for you?
Navy Boot Camp: Schedule and Basic Training Information
Learn about the schedule, preparation, and advice for participating in United States Navy boot camp. What should you do before you go to boot camp? What can you take with you, and what should you expect from the experience?