U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II
Famed psychologist Elizabeth Kubler Ross established five stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We're pretty confident she was talking about the loss of a loved one or dealing with your own mortality, but we're also pretty sure the stages can be applied to PCSing.
Moving is definitely traumatic. Especially when you actually like where you're stationed… Here are the five stages of grief as applied to PCSing.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski
Tis the season to be PCSing and whether you're feeling super ambitious and flying solo with a DITY move or you've lined up some questionably trained movers to come pack up your life, we want to make this move your easiest.
Take it from someone whose movers packed the leftover Chinese food from the night before that was in a plastic bag next to the door to take to the trash chute (super fun to unpack that nastiness in Guam three months later), packing is essential.
Here are five of our best packing hacks to help you live your best PCS life.
It wasn't so long ago that we spent our Friday nights in a Blockbuster video store, strolling through the aisles looking for movies (and dates if we're being honest with ourselves) and now, there's only one Blockbuster left in the world. Thanks, Netflix. Just as video has come a long way, so too, has our communication.
Comms have certainly made a few advancements since smoke signals, like internet in the sky on an airplane. Here's a look at wartime communication through the ages, and a chance to win $50,000 from Sprint (yes, seriously) to live your best tech life.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell
No matter where you've been with the military, it's time to be sure — and proud — of where you're going when you get out. Regardless of your MOS, you have a path forward in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle field through the undergraduate programs available in person and online at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
And, just to prove it to you, we're going to take 5 completely random and different military occupational specialties and show you how the skills translate.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Quentin M. Todd/Released)
We all know service members like to push it to the extremes. Biggest, baddest, fastest; we like to do everything to the absolute -est. It's what we're known for: doing more with less, going places others can't go, first in, last out, you know, all those things. But sometimes in life, moderation is key.
Here are 6 things you see in the military where less really is more.
Photo by Sgt. Arturo Guzman, Tennessee Army National Guard
Since the beginning of time (fine, early 80s), nothing has said "taste of home" like a Meal Ready to Eat. With their monochromatic packaging, catchy little phrase ("Warfighter Recommended, Warfighter Tested, Warfighter Approved), and roughly 1,250 calories, so much about the MRE is standard issue. But once you open that package, all bets are off. Fortunately for us, there's a website devoted entirely to the history of the MRE and has been reviewing them since General Mattis was just a private.
Here are 5 of our favorite MRE reviews from "MRE Info."