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10 gifts for that service member who won’t shut up about being from Texas
If you’re wondering how you’ll know if they’re from Texas: They’ll tell you.
New ‘South Park’ special nails the widely-ridiculed Space Force uniform
So, that happened.
Soldiers re-enlisting in front of a massive explosion is one of the military’s best photos of 2021
I love the smell of reenlistment in the morning.
Everyone should be jealous of this Air Force pilot skateboarding down the flight line
“I’m not even mad, that’s a flex."
10 books for Marines who want to learn how to read good
Think of it as a supplement to the Commandant’s Professional Reading list, only Marines may actually want to read these items.
You can actually buy MRE toilet paper, but why the hell would you?
If it was between MRE toilet paper and sandpaper, I’d strongly consider using sandpaper. At least it won’t rip.
The best Nerf guns your squad needs to dominate the playground
It’s natural to want one’s squad outfitted in the latest and greatest in low-impact fun-guns.
The best military books we read this year
Here’s a brief list of some of the best books we read here at Task & Purpose in the last year.
This photo of Marine artillery in action looks like hell itself
"Whoever took it timed it so perfectly."
This Air Force commando called in 688,000 pounds of bombs in one battle
“My heart was pounding. I can see the AQ guys right out in front of us ... I cleared them hot and the bomb dropped right in the position.”
The acclaimed author of ‘The Things They Carried’ tells us what he carried in Vietnam and carries with him still
An M16, letters to a girl, fear, pride, love. He's left some burdens behind in exchange for others.
One of the Navy’s youngest destroyers is rocking a brand new battle flag at sea
Always ready, fight on!
Neither of the top Air Force general’s two favorite military movies are about the Air Force
Can you blame him?
A Marine’s new book is a ‘deeply lyrical account’ of infantry life in the Post 9/11 age
If there is such a thing as literary justice, you will eventually find Tellessen’s truth shelved alongside Sledge and Leckie and O’Brien.
Here’s why the Air Force’s workhorse C-17 is called ‘the Moose’
Moose gang turn up
Inside SERE School, where military-grade hide-and-seek meets life-and-death struggle
The first rule they teach is “don’t get caught.”
The Navy SEAL who shot Bin Laden is hyping a new brewing company. We tried their beer so you don’t have to
Just how special is Armed Forces Brewing Company's 'Special Hops' IPA?
Meet the ‘Mad’ Revolutionary War general who inspired this badass A-10 paint job
"A bloody track will mark my setting sun."
Air Force combat controller breaks down that wild desert airstrike scene from ‘Transformers’
"What CCTs do is they stitch everything together, and they determine whether everyone on the battlefield lives or dies."
Duct tape keeps the military going. What have you fixed with it?
Holding the military together since World War II
The unfortunate truth of why we’ll never have space marines, according to science or whatever
"We’re not likely to see this being operationally considered, but it is fun to play around with the idea."
‘Battlefield 2042’ brings players back to a time when the franchise was at its best
Please don't suck.
How to be the next Indiana Jones after the military, no E-Tool or whip required
“I think that dig was the first time I had laughed as much and as hard as I had since I was in the service."
Why Portugal paints F-16s to look like tigers
We are the tigers, mighty mighty tigers!
Someone made a knife hand ax and it actually works
Multi-domain lethality not included