Alexander McCoy

Alexander McCoy served six years in the Marine Corps, separating in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant. As a Marine, he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany in support of the U.S. Department of State. His writing on foreign policy, defense and veterans issues has also appeared in Reuters, Foreign Policy, the Jerusalem Post, the Daily Mail, and the Journal of Political Risk. He is the Marine Corps co-chair for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks' Council of the Former Enlisted, and currently studies political science at Columbia University in New York City. He serves on the board of the Ivy League Veterans Council, which advocates on behalf of veterans in higher education, and High Ground Veterans Advocacy, which trains veterans to become grassroots activists.

Recent articles from Alexander McCoy

Gen. James Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, takes questions after delivering a lecture to the London think tank Policy Exchange in London, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
News
Why Mattis Won’t Be President
A recent Daily Beast article called for Mattis to run for president, but he can’t save us from Trump and Clinton.
Benghazi movie
Entertainment
As A Former Embassy Guard, Here’s What I Know ‘13 Hours’ Got Wrong
A former Marine embassy guard reviews new movie, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
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Education
What Makes A College Veteran Friendly?
While colleges claim to be veteran friendly, here are four signs that a school is truly committed to providing quality education to former service members.
Bryan Box, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, is now a biological sciences major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The population of student veterans at UAA and UA Fairbanks has prompted the universities to bring on additional staff. At UAA, a veteran resources center was started a few years ago to ease the transition from member of the military to university student. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Marc Lester)
Education
The Nonprofit Helping Veterans Get Into The Country’s Top Colleges
Army veteran Sang Ra never thought he'd go to an Ivy League college until he connected with the nonprofit, Service to School.
Lt. Col. Patrick Gary (left), staff judge advocate, consults Col. Stuart McRae, Fort Rucker, Ala., garrison commander, during the installation’s first virtual town hall meeting at the post’s headquarters June 4, 2013.
Career
3 Ways Veterans Should Be Highlighting Their Military Accomplishments
When writing your resume for a civilian job, make sure you're doing these three things to demonstrate your accomplishments and value as an employee.