More than a year ago, a small team of editors and staff here at Task & Purpose --- a mix of post-9/11 veterans and civilians with ties to the military and veterans community --- set out with a daunting objective. We sought to work to highlight a new generation of service member and veteran, to empower the voices of a diverse and dynamic community that spans warriors, families, and advocates.
In the time since, we’ve published pieces on the military and veterans communities that have resonated and made an impact across a variety of topics, garnering millions of pageviews, and empowering the voices of more than 150 contributing writers.
But we’re not done. To that end, Task & Purpose announces its first military and veterans writing fellowship; a program designed to allow aspiring writers the support, platform, and flexibility to speak out about modern military and veterans issues and have their voices heard.
Does this sound like you?
Strong interest in military/veterans news and affairs; informed on current events and topics related to military and veterans space.
Experience writing and editing in a journalistic capacity and can demonstrate experience with sample work.
Ability to file clean copy on deadline.
Fellows are expected to pitch and write stories for the web on a variety of topics, including news, features, human interest pieces, and well as multimedia articles.
Must be outgoing and a self-starter.
Fellows will be expected to work out of our New York City office. Hours are flexible, and students are welcome to apply. Fellows will be paid for the works published on Task & Purpose and receive a stipend.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and sample piece of writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Fellowship Application Fall 2015 — [Last name].
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."