Since the military kicked off its global campaigns in 2001, war has turned ordinary officers into heroes. Well, some of them anyway. The same can be said of the wars of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Over the course of seven seasons, we’ve seen war tear apart Westeros, making boys into men, enemies of brothers, and traitors of honorable soldiers. And winter is only just arriving. For the hundreds of thousands who have served in the Global War on Terror, much the same has happened, making the careers of some like James Mattis, and breaking the careers of others like Mike Flynn.

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Composite of AP photos by Wilfredo Lee (left) and Evan Vucci (right)

As President-elect Donald Trump vets individuals for his cabinet, a number of rumored candidates have emerged as frontrunners, such as Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for secretary of Defense and Gen. John Kelly for secretary of State or Homeland Security.

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