Marty Skovlund Jr.

Marty Skovlund Jr. is a veteran of the 1st Ranger Battalion and Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, a former small business owner, the author of Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror (Blackside Publishing) as well as Ranger Knowledge: The Complete Study Guide (St. Martins Press). He is also the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Nomadic Veterans, and the award winning short-narrative Prisoner of War. He is currently working on his third book as well as pursuing a career in film and television.

Recent articles from Marty Skovlund Jr.

A member of the 75th Ranger Regiment takes aim with a SCAR.
Gear & Tech
Should Soldiers Be Able To Choose Their Barrel Length?
The modern warfighter deploys everywhere from thickly populated urban environments to wide open mountain ranges. Is only one barrel length enough?
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Is Trump At Fault For The Yemen Raid? One Army Ranger Doesn’t Think So
What happened on the ground in Yemen is on the Navy SEALs who were there, not President Trump.
Staff Sergeant Paul Cange, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, 274th Air Support Operations Squadron, Syracuse, N.Y., uses his Android Tactical Assualt Tablet Kit during a close air support mission, Aug 9, 2016, at Rogers City, Mich., during Northern Strike 2016.
Gear & Tech
We Asked Special Operators What Weird Gear They Rely On
These five pieces of everyday gear have proven invaluable to special operators.
Paratroopers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division fire at insurgent forces during a firefight June 15 in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province.
The Music That Defined The Post-9/11 Generation Of Veterans
Every vet has that one song that reminds them of the best and worst moments of their life.
A combat control instructor gives commands to trainees during an early morning water circuit training session Feb. 12, 2015, at Pope Army Airfield, N.C. Combat controllers are among the most highly trained personnel in the U.S. military. The instructor is assigned to the 342nd Training Squadron, Operating Location-C.
What Air Force Combat Controllers Go Through To Earn Their Titles
Air Force combat controllers undergo two years of training to become the most highly trained entry-level special operators in the world.
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Gear & Tech
Troops Might Soon Be Riding The Hydrogen-Powered Chevy Colorado ZH2 Into Battle
The Army is testing a Chevy truck for use in ground combat, and it’s powered by hydrogen. But is it really necessary?
Rangers assemble prior to the 2015 Ranger Rendezvous Change of Command at U.S. Army Fort Benning, 25 June, 2015.
Exclusive: The 75th Ranger Regiment Is No Longer An All-Male Unit
The 75th Ranger Regiment has been a boys-only club since its inception. That just changed.
Special operation soldiers of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command demonstrate their skills during the 2012 Capabilities Exercise, April 25, 2012.
Joining the Military
How The Military Decides Who’s Built For Its Toughest Units
As part of an ongoing series, Marty Skovlund Jr. explains why special operations forces have an additional selection process.
What I Learned Braving The Cold In The Army
Every year, cold weather injuries claim countless people who ventured into the unforgiving elements unprepared and untrained. Don’t be one of them.
These 5 Animals Can Be Hunted In North America, But They Are Not For The Faint Of Heart
All of these come with risks and rewards very different from your average deer or turkey shoot.
Gear & Tech
The Best Pair Of Boots This Ranger Has Ever Worn
Jungle boots were once the go-to footwear for American warfighters. Then the Army phased them out. Here’s why you should still own a pair.
Sgt. Stanley Bell carries his turkey out of the woods at Center Hill Lake April 22. The Earth Day event supported the "HOOAH" Program, which stands for "Healing Out Of A Hospital."
A Former Army Ranger Explains How To Kill Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey
This Thanksgiving, steer clear of the pre-packaged produce and poultry and treat your family to a meal you worked for (and killed) instead.
Paratroopers with Chaos Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, move to their assembly area after parachuting into Deadhorse, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2014.
3 Items You Should Always Carry, According To A Former Army Ranger
These three simple items will always come in handy, regardless of the environment or situation.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, center, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump greet moderator Lester Holt after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
5 Questions I Still Have After The First Debate
Army veteran Marty Skovlund Jr. reacts to the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.