Back in the hazy Vietnam War days of 1968, Marine Sgt. Chuck Taliano was only a month away from snagging his DD-214, capping off his five-year enlistment. Three of his five years were spent as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, a piece of real estate referred to as a ‘blot on creation’ by the Marine Corps Association.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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On Aug. 26, 2015, Capt. Matthew Roland of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron was leading a special operations forces convoy back to Camp Antonik in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the bus he was driving came to a stop 20 meters outside of an Afghan-run checkpoint. According to a report by Air Force Times, the group’s interpreter got out of the vehicle and conversed with the two guards who were wearing Afghan security forces uniforms.

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Though Shoshana Johnson enlisted in the Army, she never planned to see combat. A Quartermaster Corps food service specialist, she deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the duty of preparing meals with the 507th Maintenance Company. But on March 23, 2003, her supply vehicle took a wrong turn and was separated in Nasiriyah from the military’s 600-truck convoy.

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When Chief Petty Officer Douglas “Mike” Day first entered a tiny room in a raid on high-level al Qaeda militants in Iraq’s Anbar province, April 6, 2007, a bullet slammed into his body armor from less than 10 feet away.

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When a dangerous intruder entered the grounds of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia nearly a year ago, civilian police officers on station neglected their training and didn’t try to stop the trespasser from reaching the destroyer USS Mahan, according to the recent findings of an investigation into the incident reported by Navy Times.

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