Tom Ricks has covered the U.S. military for several decades and is the author of six books, most recently Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. He has won some prizes.

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The New Terminal Lance Book Is The Satire Marines Deserve

April 24, 2018

In 2010, when Maximilian Uriarte created Terminal Lance, the comic strip represented institutional heresy, utterly antithetical to the tailored public image of the Marine Corps. Marines were not portrayed as steely-eyed warriors in pitched firefights, heroically defending the American Way. Instead, Uriarte portrays the unfiltered satirical perspective of the average day enlisted Marine infantryman – … Read More

Cops And Veterans: The Real Problem May Be The ‘Pseudo-Militarization’ Of American Police

April 24, 2018

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I was not aware that veterans had particular animosity or resentment for police, but I can’t say it surprises me if that’s true. Anecdotally, I’ve heard and read comments by veterans that echo those in the T&P piece complaining about how American police treat the public and how it differs from how soldiers treat non-combatants in war … Read More

Why Do So Many Recent Veterans Dislike Police Officers?

April 23, 2018

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The photos out of Newnan, Georgia, of local police pointing rifles at peaceful demonstrators over the weekend, reminded me of a running discussion I’ve been having with several friends: Why do so many of our recent veterans dislike police officers? The first answer, which some have said to me, is that the cops treat them … Read More

The Army Reserve Simply Doesn’t Have Enough People Willing to Fill Command Slots

April 23, 2018

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The U.S. Army Reserve is facing a mid-grade leadership crisis. No, I don’t mean the one in which only 62% of sergeant first class and 71% of major positions are filled due to a shortage of bodies at those grades; I mean the crisis caused by a lack of commanders at all levels. This crisis … Read More

14 Lessons for Transitioning: A Collection By Long March’s Council Of The Former Enlisted

April 20, 2018

1. Stay in touch with some of the people you were there with. No one is going to listen or care as much as they do about that part of your life and probably no one will ever understand it as much as they do, so don’t lose touch and check on each other. 2. … Read More

Meet Sergeant Stubby, The Most ‘Decorated’ Dog Of World War I

April 20, 2018

Stubby was a stray bull terrier adopted in 1917 by a soldier, Robert Conroy, during the latter’s training with the U.S. 26th “Yankee” Division on the grounds of Yale University.  Smuggled by Conroy onto a troopship bound for France, Stubby is said to have participated in four campaigns and 17 battles.  He has been called … Read More

Time To Pass The Mic To Underrepresented Vets

April 19, 2018

Look at books by military writers, and you will see a plethora of works by US-born, white, heterosexual, cisgender, Christian men — and mostly former officers at that. Many are combat veterans; a number even specifically tout conservative values, which might lead readers to believe that that narrow archetype dominates the military. Except it doesn’t. … Read More

Want To Write For This Space?

April 19, 2018

I am interested in new and different voices to write about military affairs and national security. What works best is something that uses your own experiences and knowledge. It could be a short memoir. It could be an analysis of current news. It could even be a book review. (I plan next week to run … Read More