DoD photo by Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appear on Carrying The Gun, a blog by Don Gomez.

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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.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Photo by Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller

Editor’s Note: This post has been modified from its original version on Don Gomez’ blog, Carrying the Gun.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie

Author’s Note: As with Part I, this has been edited from the original. To read the longer, less pretty version, click here.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey

I wrote the “What is the infantry” series back in those heady days of the summer of 2013, when the topic of women in the infantry was hot. Since having rejoined the Army in 2011, it has been the topic du jour, easy banter while sitting on rucksacks after a field problem waiting for trucks, or a thing to get enraged about over on Twitter late on a Friday night. The chatter has calmed down now with women having successfully completed the United States Marine Corps infantry course (enlisted), although there are still spurts here and there, like when 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo penned an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing she (and others) should be allowed to retake the course. Just yesterday, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Tessa Poppe addressed the topic here on Task & Purpose.

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Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Editor’s Note: This post appeared in its original form on Carrying the Gun.

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