U.S. Army/Sgt. Marcus Fichtl

Welcome to Confessions Of, a weekly series where Task & Purpose’s James Clark solicits hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing stories from troops and vets about their job, deployments, and time in service.

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I’ve long been a fan of military rhyming couplets. I think they seem to be such an intriguing aspect of American military culture. Here, with a lot of help from my Task & Purpose colleagues, are some I and they remembered. Please add yours in the comments section.

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The Predator

A new trailer for the upcoming installment in America’s favorite human-flaying Predator franchise just dropped, and considering this R-rated action flick starring a big ugly space hunter doesn’t hit the screens until Sept. 14, it felt premature to “review” anything.

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Photo by Michael Yon via Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve got a thing for the Punisher, the Spartans of old, or the Grim Reaper as part of your warfighting gear, the Australian army has a message for you: pack your shit and go.

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You’re not a dumb or bad person for having an opinion. You’re a dumb or bad person for not being able to articulate your opinion in a calm, persuasive, and fact-based manner. This, of course, is something we’ve struggled with as a species since the advent of the comment section. Grossly facile statements, Godwinism, and ad hominem harassment has become commonplace in virtual houses of debate.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Smith

Today, issues of surveillance dominate the news as FISA procedures, practices and their implications grab attention. As someone trained to read novels, I absorb these stories with a particular interest, because surveillance is central to the novel.

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