U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Dana Beesley

Editor's Note: The headline of this article has been changed to more accurately reflect the author's viewpoint.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Roderick Jacquote

Once upon a time in a little desert as a young 88M Sergeant attached to a Calvary Troop and Infantry Platoon, I found myself in a part of Iraq close to the Syrian border in a tiny Combat Outpost known as COP North. It was not the most distinguished of areas for the glory of battle or for tales of amazing exploits. It was far enough from the flagpole and off the grid that reflective belts were not worn, faces were scraped occasionally but were mostly covered in at least 1/8 inch of hair collecting dust, and when the militia next to us wasn’t shooting at each other they rarely shot at us.

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U.S. Army Reserve/Sgt. Demetrio Montoya/301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

There is a lot of talk about the profession of arms and what a professional soldier should look like.

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U.S. Army/ Sgt. Aaron Rosencrans

Here’s the second entry in our Combat Pooping contest. Not funny like the first one, but quite ... pungent. If you have something you think is as good, please e-mail it to Tom Ricks. Like Nike says: Just doody it!

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