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With Thanksgiving finally over, the sleepy sleeping masses are bracing themselves for the ultimate struggle for the soul of America: the annual War on Christmas.

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July 4th is one of the most patriotic holidays of the year, where families come together for cookouts, boating, parades, and, inevitably, some responsible drinking to celebrate America's independence. Rocco from Article 15 Clothing and Leadslinger’s Whiskey decided to put together a simple cocktail recipe that even the most amateur bartender can pull off:

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Using a whiskey bottle, a business card and some rudimentary carpentry, Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara found a way to be remembered.

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Head pounding, stomach in a knot, breath that smells like a dead cat's asshole. If you suffer from these symptoms, then you probably got hammered last night, and are now hungover as hell.

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Imagine this scenario: You’ve just come out of a firefight, exhausted but unscathed. Coated in sweat and dirt, you reach for your standard-issue canteen for a swig of water — or, if you’re lucky, something a bit stronger. But hot damn, you’re fucked: A piece of shrapnel or spare bullet has punctured your canteen, spilling your water or whisky onto your uniform. Your thirst will go unquenched.

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The enlisted barracks always reminded me of what fraternities would be like if they weren’t affiliated with a college. The drinking often starts at the smoke pit as soon as you’re cut loose from work and usually ends with a few stragglers arguing over who gets the last beer, with one guy randomly falling over because he fell asleep standing up.

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