U.S. Marine Corps

How do you make sense of 2017? Maybe you don’t. But you can’t deny that it was a defining year for the United States military, which got a shiny new chain of command, renewed interest from the U.S. public at large, and a whole lot of weird news day after day. Task & Purpose asked you, our readers, what you thought our community’s biggest stories were this year, and these are the results.

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You know how every so often you’ll stumble across some ridiculous nostalgia bait like “50 Child Stars You Forgot Existed” in your Facebook News Feed? It happens to us all the time, and it got us thinking: what have all our favorite generals been up to since the Global War on Terror began?

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Michael Flynn, Sr., retired lieutenant general and world-record holder for the shortest-serving national security advisor, is still in trouble. Big trouble. Trouble so deep that even the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee is saying he broke the law.

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I’m not a G2 guy, but I feel like I’d remember receiving “$68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in 2015,” including $11,250 from a cybersecurity firm rumored to be connected to U.S. election hacking. Of course, I’m not Mike Flynn, either.

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After the world’s shortest appointment to the post of national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn has resigned his post amid a scandal. He lasted a mere 24 days.

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