Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who is retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Recent articles from Carl Forsling
You Can Do A Lot More For Veterans Suicide Than Just ‘Raise Awareness’
Checking in on your fellow veterans, making donations to veterans’ groups, and volunteering will do a lot more than posting videos of pushups.
A Marine Says Her Religion Exempted Her From Certain Rules. Here’s Why She’s Wrong
Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was given a bad conduct discharge. The Supreme Court should decline to overturn it.
What The Latest Marine Aviation Mishap Says About Pilot Readiness
The budget squeeze brought about by the sequester plus the demands of continuing deployments have brought aircraft readiness to dangerously low levels.
McCain Has To Stand With Veterans, Not For-Profit Colleges
DoD and the VA can’t do much while powerful senators protect the bad actors.
6 Things We Still Love About ‘Heartbreak Ridge,’ 30 Years Later
The movie opened Dec. 5, 1986, but it still has lessons for today.
This Is What Happens When Troops Are Kicked Out Of The Military Because Of PTSD
The short, five-episode series "Charlie Foxtrot" makes a compelling case that leaders often take the easy way out when it comes to troops’ mental illness.
Don’t Wait Until The Trump Administration Gives An Illegal Order To Think About How You’ll Respond
The president-elect has backed off a little, but Mike Pence says the administration won’t rule anything out.
Some Military Traditions Are Worth Preserving. Others Are Obsolete
Learning to distinguish between traditions with value and those without it will help preserve the service from overzealous civilians.
Here’s The One Thing That Veterans Know More Than Anyone Else
No matter what uniform you wear, mission comes first.
‘Change For The Sake Of Change’ Seems To Be The Navy Secretary’s Motto
Secretary Mabus has offered dozens of solutions in search of problems during his tenure.
Why The All-Volunteer Force Struggles More Than Draftees
It’s not that things are worse for veterans today. It’s just that more of them come from fewer and fewer segments of society.
The ‘Up-Or-Out’ Promotion System Hurts The Military
A broken system leads to careerism and costs the military valuable people, knowledge, wisdom, and experience.
Americans Are To Blame For The Fractured State Of The Media
The way we consume news enables us to only follow outlets that reinforce our existing views, and that’s a big problem.
Joining the Military
It Will Take More Than Increased Supervision To Fix Hazing At Marine Boot Camp
Even scoundrels have a point sometimes. Make it easier to get rid of non-performing recruits.
Gen Robert Scales Thinks Our Infantry Isn’t Ready For The Next War
Maj. Gen. Robert Scales’ new book emphasizes that planning for future warfare should center around the infantryman.
All Military Service Deserves Equal Respect, Regardless Of MOS
It’s pointless to argue over who’s the toughest when there’s always someone a little more badass.
The 22 Pushups Challenge Isn’t Actually Helping Anyone
The 22 Pushups Challenges isn’t the solution veterans need. Carl Forsling explains why.
Military Millennials’ Bad Reputation Is Undeserved
While millennials may be different from those who preceded them, they are equals to any of their forebears.