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The VA has some serious problems with how it handles claims of military sexual trauma
Too often, military sexual trauma survivors report being re-traumatized by the very system that's meant to help them
A call to action at the VA on sexual harassment and assault
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center. This will not stand
Russia is trying to tear apart America’s veteran community. Don’t let them
Be careful out there.
We need to talk about that study claiming that US troops are ‘overpaid’
[shortcode-Op-Ed-disclosure] A recent RAND study on military compensation has recently garnered some attention, with the main takeaway of many being...
It’s 2020 and SFC Alwyn Cashe still hasn’t been awarded the Medal of Honor. Why?
Three. That's how many times Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe entered the burning carcass of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin on Oct. 17, 2005
Mike Rowe says there are no ‘safe spaces’ in the military. He’s wrong.
"The military is not a safe space," Rowe said.
Pardoning war criminals will hurt US troops deployed overseas. I know from experience
"What I held as the unfathomable moral bedrock of the U.S. military — condoning the worst actors on the battlefield — has now become an acceptable reality"
America’s senior military officers should retire from becoming America’s TV talking heads
Former military officers commenting on military matters have valuable perspectives. On anything outside of that, their opinion is worth no more or less than anyone else's
Mental health care isn’t one-and-done — like any journey, you have to commit
While more veterans are seeking mental health care, they aren't getting the long-term treatment they need
The lost lesson of Millennium Challenge 2002, the Pentagon’s embarrassing post-9/11 war game
Called Millennium Challenge 2002, the idea was simple: to develop and implement training and doctrine that could be changed quickly to utilize developing technology and adapt to varying enemy tactics. The Cold War tactics the U.S. military trained on for decades were out the window and a new war was on the horizon.
No, hazing doesn’t teach discipline. It actually does the opposite
Hazing represents the opposite [of discipline]... it is the product of a lack of self-control and laziness.
The White House says John Kelly was ‘totally unequipped to handle the genius’ of Trump in a totally real statement
Is it just me or does this statement from the White House rebuking retired Marine Gen. John Kelly sound like a piece of North Korean propaganda?
A new documentary series about Clint Lorance pits the infantry officer convicted of murder against his former soldiers
The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series about Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third.
They started the US war against ISIS. Now they have an important message for Trump on abandoning the Kurds
You've heard from politicians. You've heard from pundits. Now it's time you hear from two U.S. military veterans who were among the first to take the fight to ISIS five years ago — and know exactly what an irrevocable mistake the administration of President Donald Trump has made in Syria
Right makes might: How the US will lose its strategic advantage if it loses its ethics
We see ourselves as upholding a higher standard. We aren't just some overgrown banana republic. We're a "shining city on a hill."
We’re still fighting in Afghanistan and no one cares
Today, Oct. 7, marks the anniversary of combat operations in Afghanistan, which is now our longest war to date, and other than a select few who bear the brunt of this burden, most people won't think twice about this somber and embarrassing anniversary. Nothing could be more insulting to the troops currently serving
Don’t let foreign adversaries turn Facebook against us
Vietnam vets are part of the age group that's growing fastest on Facebook and that's most likely to vote, making them an efficient target for our enemies
The Army may have hit this year’s recruiting goal, but the service still has a long way to go
Despite touting new initiatives, digital platforms, and marketing techniques (and lowering its goal by 12,000 in 2019 amid a more modest growth plan in the next five years), the Army is not in the clear yet
The US is headed for a reckoning between its military ambitions and its budget
The U.S. has to make hard choices about whether spending that money is worth it. Unfortunately, our approach has been that of the Yankees great Yogi Berra. "When faced with a fork in the road, take both."
40 years after its release, ‘Apocalypse Now’ is more relevant than ever
'Apocalypse Now' might be the first example of people in the military turning a movie meant to highlight the horrors of war into a motivational video about killing the enemy
Toxic leadership at the top
Unfortunately, our commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, exhibits the qualities of a toxic leader
No, SEALs don’t need ‘slack’ from their elite standards
While the SEALs seem to have conduct issues disproportionate to the size of their organization, this idea that service — especially combat service — somehow earns one a free pass, seems to have some currency today.
The original ‘Top Gun’ was a recruiter’s dream. The sequel will be anything but
Popcorn sales will be through the roof in 2020, but recruitment numbers won't skyrocket like they did in 1986
Here’s why the Marine Corps is losing experienced pilots — and what it can do to fix it
If this exodus is not effectively addressed, our ability to fight from the air could be critically compromised in a way that will take decades from which to recover
Veterans: It’s on you to bridge the civil-military divide
In the real world the number of jobs where run time and pull-ups are part of your performance evaluation is vanishingly small.