The annals of U.S. military history are filled with tales of sacrifice and selflessness, that capture American warfighters at their best in the field of battle. But these stories aren't just about heroism and honor — sometime, they're examples of the warfighter at his most irrevocably badass. They make Captain America look like a hobo.

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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin

After months surrounded by fellow service members, returning to the civilian world can be tough. Who are these strange, informal creatures? What's the deal with their strange habits? And when they ask me questions about my military service, what are they really asking me? 

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Steven Cheek/Reddit

Everyone has a Rip-It story, whether they know it or not, so we asked our community of service members, veterans, and nasty civilians for their favorite tales of high-energy chaos, real or imagined. Here’s what we got back.

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew Keeler

As the United States faces new challenges, the Pentagon has a simple focus in mind for the U.S. combat troops: spent less time on briefings and guard duty and more time taking warfighting to the next level. But to build the fighting force of the future, you need the right tools — and that’s exactly what the Defense Department is doling out to service members to make them stronger, faster, and more lethal than ever.

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Ripit

This Veterans Day, Rip It is giving away $20,000 to Veterans Service Organizations. Nominate a VSO by Thursday, Nov 8th, and they’ll be eligible to receive a $2,500 donation.

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T&P

You’ve probably learned by now that the world doesn’t owe you anything: It’s indifferent to your preferences and plans. It’s hard and unwelcoming. But you’ve definitely learned that, with the right kind of energy and ingenuity, the big harsh world can bend to your will just a little — and sometimes, that “just a little” is enough to make things work.

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