Leon Panetta On Why Civilian Control Of The Military Is Important
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains why it’s important for civilians to maintain control of the military.
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.
Mike Rowe’s Letter To A Dying Soldier Is The Perfect Message From A Celebrity
In a letter to the mother of an ailing Special Forces veteran, the former host of “Dirty Jobs” reminds us what it means to be an American.
UNSUNG HEROES: The ROTC Student Who Stopped A Rape And Armed Robbery At A Party
Sean Barner’s cool head saved an apartment full of his friends from masked assailants.
10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed
The advice is garnered from the experience of women who have served in combat units in the U.S. as well as some foreign militaries.
This Motorcycle Club Is On A Mission To Help Homeless Veterans
The Maine motorcycle club took just two weeks to renovate a rundown house into a place for homeless vets to start over.
Best Of 2016: The Stories From Task & Purpose You’ll Want To Read Again
From Standing Rock to the election, here’s our list of Task & Purpose’s best stories from 2016.
Joining the Military
Hair: The First Sacrifice Every Dumb Boot Makes For His Country
Watch our tribute to the first haircut in the lives of boot Marines.
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.
This Vets Group Thinks We Owe All Of Humanity An Apology For The Atomic Bomb
A veterans organization has just apologized to all of humanity for the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II. This is why they’re out of line.
Real Leaders Don’t Motivate Their Troops By Being Angry
Getting angry might be emotionally satisfying, but it’s usually ineffective as a means of motivating people.
Unsung Heroes: The Marine Private Who Killed 11 Insurgents During A 30-Minute Firefight
When his friend was killed during a raid in Fallujah, Christopher Adlesperger unleashed hell on the enemy, and then some.
My Favorite Memory From My Afghanistan Deployment Happened At Christmas
A simple gesture for a buddy made a deployed Christmas memorable.