Lt. Col. John Hawbaker, commander of the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, issues the oath of reenlistment to Sgt. Patrick R. Bedford, an infantryman, after his three-year reenlistment at Qayyarah West, Iraq, Jan. 26, 2017.
Joining the Military
The Army Will Now Offer Cash Bonuses And 2-Year Contracts
The drawdown is being reversed, and now the Army needs to enlist 6,000 more troops.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games slogan in Orlando, Fla. May 10, 2016.
Community
Air Force Sergeant Overcomes 100% Disability Rating To Return To Full Duty
Del Toro, a combat controller, was nearly killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
070131-N-5169H-322 (January 31, 2007) -- Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) students perform Log PT during hell week at the Naval Special Warfare Center, where students participate in five and a half days of continuous Navy SEAL training, with only four hours of sleep. During hell week, the bell is ever present, even on the beach, should a student decide he no longer wishes to continue with the training. BUD/S students must endure 27 weeks of intense training in order to graduate from the program, followed by six months of SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) before they can wear the trident of a U.S. Navy SEAL.
Community
A Year In, SEALs Still Haven’t Seen Any Female Applicants
It’s been a little over 12 months since the Department of Defense said women could apply for special operations training programs.
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon marches in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on their way to perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington April 12, 2014.
Community
Why The Marine Corps Is Taking A Break From ‘The Few, The Proud’
The Marine Corps is temporarily dropping its iconic slogan in favor of a new ad campaign.
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History
For 25 Years, This Marine Kept A Dark Secret That Involved A Famous Disney Cartoon
The voice of Disney’s Bambi was actually a United States Marine who served three tours in Vietnam.
A screenshot from a YouTube video by the Equal Justice Initiative.
History
This Animation Tells The True Story Of A Soldier Who Was Lynched For Being Black In 1898
This animated short film tells the tragic story of a black soldier who was lynched in 1898, after recently returning home.
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Community
This Muslim Marine Vet Wants To Change The Way Americans Think About Islam
How a Marine Corps veteran has started a national dialogue with one simple statement: “I’m a Muslim and a Marine. Ask anything.”
Photograph facing northeast showing a soldier standing guard on the corner of 7th & N Street NW in Washington D.C. with the ruins of buildings that were destroyed during the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
History
The US Army Had Big Plans For Dealing With Riots In The 1960s
Manuals provided to Task & Purpose under a Freedom of Information Act request show how the Army planned to counter civil disturbances during the Cold War.
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Community
A Silver Star-Recipient Talks About Returning To The Middle East To Write About War
The acclaimed author of “Green on Blue” spoke with Task & Purpose about his new novel, the Syrian refugee crisis, and what draws people back to war.
Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, air combat command director of operations, presents retired Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hutchins, 18th Air Support Operations Group joint terminal attack controller, with the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony, Nov. 4, 2016 at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: This Airman Dove Into A River To Recover 2 Men While Under Fire
This airman broke cover, charged across open ground, and blew up an enemy fighting position days after diving into a river under fire to try to rescue two soldiers.
Paratroopers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division fire at insurgent forces during a firefight June 15 in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province.
Community
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.