Featured by Carl Forsling
Memorial Day doesn’t need to be treated as a national military funeral
"Don’t be ashamed to have a good time this Memorial Day — that’s part of the gift that’s been bestowed to you"
Veterans need to be honest about their loneliness and boredom after serving
The best and worst thing about being in the military is that it is all-consuming.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps is charging into the future, but some aren’t ready for change
The Corps has acted as a second land army so many times it’s flipped the dessert with the main course.
The US military needs to suck it up and embrace telecommuting forever
The 21st century military shouldn’t work and train like the 19th century
‘Thank you for service’ now applies to far more people than our nation’s veterans
Hopefully we’ll come to recognize more forms of courage than just “going downrange,” and it turns out even your grocer has some.
Understanding the sacrifice and sunk cost of the war in Afghanistan
Perhaps the military is learning about the sunk cost fallacy.
Russia is trying to tear apart America’s veteran community. Don’t let them
Be careful out there.
We need to talk about that study claiming that US troops are ‘overpaid’
[shortcode-Op-Ed-disclosure] A recent RAND study on military compensation has recently garnered some attention, with the main takeaway of many being...
Mike Rowe says there are no ‘safe spaces’ in the military. He’s wrong.
"The military is not a safe space," Rowe said.
America’s senior military officers should retire from becoming America’s TV talking heads
Former military officers commenting on military matters have valuable perspectives. On anything outside of that, their opinion is worth no more or less than anyone else's
No, hazing doesn’t teach discipline. It actually does the opposite
Hazing represents the opposite [of discipline]... it is the product of a lack of self-control and laziness.
Right makes might: How the US will lose its strategic advantage if it loses its ethics
We see ourselves as upholding a higher standard. We aren't just some overgrown banana republic. We're a "shining city on a hill."
The US is headed for a reckoning between its military ambitions and its budget
The U.S. has to make hard choices about whether spending that money is worth it. Unfortunately, our approach has been that of the Yankees great Yogi Berra. "When faced with a fork in the road, take both."
40 years after its release, ‘Apocalypse Now’ is more relevant than ever
'Apocalypse Now' might be the first example of people in the military turning a movie meant to highlight the horrors of war into a motivational video about killing the enemy
The Marine Corps has reinvented itself throughout its history. The new Commandant is doing it again.
Berger has rightly decided that the way the Marines' plans for amphibious assaults isn't going to work going forward, as a "Sands of Iwo Jima" redux will end with thousands of dead Marines and Sailors at the bottom of the ocean.
No, SEALs don’t need ‘slack’ from their elite standards
While the SEALs seem to have conduct issues disproportionate to the size of their organization, this idea that service — especially combat service — somehow earns one a free pass, seems to have some currency today.
The original ‘Top Gun’ was a recruiter’s dream. The sequel will be anything but
Popcorn sales will be through the roof in 2020, but recruitment numbers won't skyrocket like they did in 1986
Veterans: It’s on you to bridge the civil-military divide
In the real world the number of jobs where run time and pull-ups are part of your performance evaluation is vanishingly small.
‘I almost joined the military, but…’ is a weird flex and it’s not OK
Perhaps people feel compelled to come up with these excuses because this country idolizes military service so much.
Reince Priebus’s Navy service is going to be awkward for everyone involved
"The military owes it to itself to find outlets for exceptional individuals to contribute. Priebus owes it to the country to be honest with himself and find a more productive outlet to serve"
4 military phrases civilians should start using
"As much as I'm adapting to corporate life, I wish the civilian world would take at least a few military terms onboard."
The Pentagon’s fight against suicide could be making things worse
"As much as the U.S. military and veteran community says they are destigmatizing mental health treatment, it's still regarded as personal weakness and not as a health problem — and to some extent, the military's own policies promote that outlook."
Selfless service and the ‘veteran superiority complex’
Unfortunately, too many vets believe their own PR, and subscribe to what I’d call the “veteran superiority complex.”
5 things you need to know before getting out of the military
I don't claim to have any special insight other than a combination of stumbling and success, which might be the right combination of experiences to give others some tips.