Angry Staff Officer
Angry Staff Officer is an engineer officer in the Army National Guard with an enlisted infantry background. He has blogged under the name 'Angry Staff Officer' since 2014 and is a member of the Military Writer's Guild. He has served in multiple positions in both staff and line units, at the company, battalion, and division levels, and served one tour in Afghanistan. Angry Staff Officer holds his master's degree in history. He enjoys snark, satire, cynicism, history, and overanalyzing foreign policy.
Recent articles from Angry Staff Officer
The Battle Of Toad Hall Is A Masterpiece Asymmetrical Warfare
How “The Wind in the Willows” can teach us about small unit actions in warfare.
How An Imperial Officer Evaluates Stormtrooper Performance
Simulations and garrison duty degrade combat performance.
The 3 Things That Make Service Members Great Storytellers
Stories serve as a way for service members and veterans to make sense of what they have experienced.
23 Literal Translations Of Military Graphics That Actually Make Sense
These interpretations make way more sense than their intended meanings.
The Real Point Of Eisenhower’s Warning About The Military-Industrial Complex
Eisenhower’s dual warning holds as true today as it did in 1961.
How The Star Wars Franchise Started As A Commentary On American Imperialism
George Lucas’ original intent was that his original trilogy be remembered as a striking blow against American imperialism.
The Reflective Belt: An Icon Of The Global War On Terror
The U.S. is still involved in conflicts throughout the Middle East. It's a dangerous world. Don't forget your reflective belt.
How The War Overlooked In History Books Changed The Course Of America
Few Americans can name World War I campaigns and battles, let alone why and when U.S. service members fought overseas.
10 Military Habits That Make Service Members Stand Out
10 signs you were or are clearly in the military.
How ‘Big Stick Policy’ Still Influences US Foreign Relations Today
The influence of Theodore Roosevelt is still writ large on American foreign policy.
Why The Woobie Is The Greatest Military Invention Ever Fielded
The poncho liner has been a staple of deployed life since it was first introduced in Vietnam, but the origin of the “Woobie” is shrouded in mystery.
The Army’s Tortured History With Drawdowns And Budget Cuts
As the Army suffers significant draw downs and cuts, look to the time following World War I as a historical example.
5 Times Failing Made Me A Better Company Grade Officer
Sometimes in order to succeed in the military, we have to fail first.
The Militiaman, Businessman, And Patriot Who Singlehandedly Paid Off The US War Debt
James Swan was a patriot who fought in the Revolutionary War with both rifle and billfold, eventually taking over the nation’s post-war debt.
What The Surrender At Appomattox Court House 150 Years Ago Teaches Us About Reconciliation
One act by Union Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain during the surrender ceremony at Appomattox Court House is a bright moment in one of the darkest periods of U.S. history.
How A Drunk Decision By A Terrible Commanding Officer Led To A Medal Of Honor
Following the order of a drunken senior officer, Thomas W. Hyde led his men on a suicidal charge, and then went back for the wounded.
When Is The Right Time To Merge The Army National Guard And Reserve? Never.
The question of whether to merge the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve has a long and bitter history in the United States. Here's why.