Paul Szoldra is a journalist with past bylines at Business Insider and We Are The Mighty, and is the founder of Duffel Blog. He is a former Marine infantryman.

Paul Szoldra


Exclusive: Here’s What The ‘Mullet Recruit’ Looks Like Now That He’s A US Marine

August 17, 2018

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Mullet Recruit is now officially Pvt. Mullet, having graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Friday. Task & Purpose confirmed that the young Marine, whose name we’re withholding at his request, graduated from Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. He now has the privilege of 10 days of post-graduation leave to enjoy. We … Read More

American Legion: Trump Should Spend Money On Vets Instead Of Parade

August 16, 2018

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The American Legion said in a statement Thursday that money that will be spent on an upcoming military parade “would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.” The statement came following a CNBC report by Amanda Macias, citing a defense official … Read More

Rejoice! The Pentagon Is Finally Ridding Itself Of The Horrendous Defense Travel System

August 16, 2018

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The Department of Defense is finally going to replace the dreaded Defense Travel System service members currently use to book travel and file for reimbursement of expenses. DoD announced on August 16 that it had awarded a $9.3 million contract to SAP Concur to develop a travel system prototype “that will replace the aging and … Read More

CENTCOM Investigation: ‘Most Plausible’ Explanation For SDF Shooting A Marine In Syria Is That It Was Intentional

August 16, 2018

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The U.S. Central Command investigation into the February shooting of Marine Sgt. Cameron Halkovich in Syria found based on witness testimony the “most plausible” explanation for the incident was an “intentional shooting” by a Syrian Democratic Forces guard, but it concluded that the true motive would likely never be known. Halkovich, a combat engineer attached … Read More

Exclusive: 2 Marines Received Valor Awards For Secret Gunfight Against Al Qaeda In North Africa

August 15, 2018

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Two members of Marine Special Operations Command received valor awards for their heroism during a gun battle last year with al Qaeda militants in Northern Africa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command confirmed on Wednesday. While on a three-day operation to train, advise, and assist partner forces in the unnamed country — which the command … Read More

The Pentagon Is Trying To Spin The Truth Of How A Marine Got Shot In Syria

August 14, 2018

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A U.S. Marine sergeant was shot in February by a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, first reported by Task & Purpose, and the Pentagon has been attempting for days to spin the truth of the first known instance of an insider attack there. Sgt. Cameron Halkovich was shot twice at night while … Read More

Retired Special Ops General: The Current Approach In Afghanistan Isn’t Worth One More Body Bag

August 14, 2018

A retired Army general has offered a stinging critique of the current approach in Afghanistan as not being “worth another body bag or hospital bed” in a new op-ed for the Daily Beast. Gen. Donald Bolduc, the former commander of Special Operations Command-Africa, wrote on Monday that the U.S. had three choices to make in … Read More

CENTCOM: Investigation Into Insider Attack On Marine In Syria Was ‘Inconclusive’

August 10, 2018

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U.S. Central Command released a statement on Friday saying that its investigation into the Feb. 17 shooting of Marine Sgt. Cameron Halkovich by a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, first reported by Task & Purpose, was “unable to conclusively determine” if he was shot intentionally. Halkovich, a combat engineer attached to a Marine infantry … Read More