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5 Totally Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Vets Who’ve Been Out Of The Military For A While
Getting out of the military is like being born again, except this time you’re not a baby. You’ve got money, and skills, and muscles. The world is your oyster! Maybe you plan on using your newfound freedom to write the great American novel, or summit Mount Kilimanjaro, or learn Spanish. But first, you need to have some fun. You’ve earned it.
Sometimes that fun lasts a little longer than you thought it would — weeks turn into months, which turn into years, until suddenly you wake up one day and you’re 50 lbs overweight and, dammit, you’ve lost your shoes again. You think, how did this happen? It doesn’t matter. There’s no point in dwelling on could’ve, would’ve, and should’ve beens. You have to focus on the future — and there’s no better time to start turning your life around than next year, after all the eggnog and leftovers are gone.
But if your list of New Year's resolutions includes stuff like running marathons and washboard abs, chances are you’ll just let yourself down. Fuck that. Would you rather 2018 be a complete and total success? Use this fail-proof list instead.
1. Complete a pushup
Remember pushups? You did a lot of them in the military. Do one in 2018. And no cheating! Go all the way down, and all the way up. Then stop. Don’t try doing any more than that, or you’ll risk discovering that you can, in fact, do only one pushup. That would be very depressing and defeat the entire point of this simple confidence-boosting exercise.
2. Shave, sometimes
A beard is a great way to conceal a face that’s practically bursting at the seams from years of too much Coors Light and Arby’s horsey sauce, but they’re also itchy and require a lot of maintenance. Sometimes they even smell like wet gerbils. This year, treat yourself to a shave every once in awhile. That special someone in your life will thank you.
3. Get a haircut
If you’re going to shave off your beard, you might as well get a haircut. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy — a $10 trim will suffice. Once you’ve done this, take your new ‘do for a spin so you can expose your scalp to as much nutrient-rich sunlight as possible before it goes into hibernation again. Also, be sure to take a selfie and upload it to Facebook to trick people you haven’t seen in a long time into thinking that you’ve still got your shit together.
4. Drink water
Water isn’t nearly as delicious as, say, a 32 oz Big Gulp of Mountain Dew — and, sadly, doesn’t get you drunk — but it is the primary source of life on Earth. Be sure to drink some of it this year, especially when you’re thirsty, or if your urine is often the color of hot molasses. This will help you feel less like shit — and, ultimately, keep you from dying of dehydration, which is an inglorious death.
5. Learn to salsa
There’s been a lot of talk of revolution lately. But trying to overthrow the government is for the birds. Why not join the dance revolution instead? A spicy blend of Caribbean dance moves and intoxicating rhythms, salsa is great exercise and therapeutic for the soul. And who knows, maybe one day you’ll find yourself twirling into the arms of your dream girl (or guy).
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.
The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.