Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, is roiling amid revelations of abuse that contributed to the death of a Muslim recruit earlier this summer. Parents and family members of recruits are understandably nervous about the welfare of their loved ones. Included in that group is actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman, who took to Twitter, appealing directly to @USMC for assurances about her nephew’s safety.
Dear @USMC can u reassure me my nephew will be ok -- he's training in Paris Island & I'm nervous by what I'm reading.
It’s easy to understand why Silverman was concerned — the reports of abuse coming out of Parris Island are horrible. But outing a recruit as having anything special or unique about them is one of the worst things you can do to a young man or woman as they navigate the trials of boot camp. Every male drill instructor at Parris Island is probably wondering if Silverman’s nephew is in his platoon, and god bless the poor soul named Silverman coincidentally.
We have no idea what it’s like at Parris Island right now. We imagine there are backrubs and naps. But if drill instructors still have the autonomy to be a little creative without being abusive, we’d like to offer five ideas for how Sarah Silverman’s nephew can pay Chesty Puller for his aunt’s tweets.
1. Make Silverman’s nephew read his aunt’s tweets to the platoon every night before lights out.
2. Replace the term “mountain climbers” with “Sarah Silvermans”
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez
3. Every time Silverman’s nephew messes up, the whole platoon has to watch the trailer for “I Smile Back.”
4. Make Silverman’s nephew wear a kevlar helmet, body armor, and an orange reflective vest at all times, to ensure maximum safety.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis
5. Sing cadence to the classic Sarah Silverman ballad, “I’m fucking Matt Damon.”
More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.
The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.
"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter.
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
"It's just a lot of money," said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.