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The US military needs to suck it up and embrace telecommuting forever
The 21st century military shouldn’t work and train like the 19th century
‘Thank you for service’ now applies to far more people than our nation’s veterans
Hopefully we’ll come to recognize more forms of courage than just “going downrange,” and it turns out even your grocer has some.
Understanding the sacrifice and sunk cost of the war in Afghanistan
Perhaps the military is learning about the sunk cost fallacy.
Russia is trying to tear apart America’s veteran community. Don’t let them
Be careful out there.
We need to talk about that study claiming that US troops are ‘overpaid’
[shortcode-Op-Ed-disclosure] A recent RAND study on military compensation has recently garnered some attention, with the main takeaway of many being...
No, hazing doesn’t teach discipline. It actually does the opposite
Hazing represents the opposite [of discipline]... it is the product of a lack of self-control and laziness.
Right makes might: How the US will lose its strategic advantage if it loses its ethics
We see ourselves as upholding a higher standard. We aren't just some overgrown banana republic. We're a "shining city on a hill."
The US is headed for a reckoning between its military ambitions and its budget
The U.S. has to make hard choices about whether spending that money is worth it. Unfortunately, our approach has been that of the Yankees great Yogi Berra. "When faced with a fork in the road, take both."
No, SEALs don’t need ‘slack’ from their elite standards
While the SEALs seem to have conduct issues disproportionate to the size of their organization, this idea that service — especially combat service — somehow earns one a free pass, seems to have some currency today.
The original ‘Top Gun’ was a recruiter’s dream. The sequel will be anything but
Popcorn sales will be through the roof in 2020, but recruitment numbers won't skyrocket like they did in 1986
Veterans: It’s on you to bridge the civil-military divide
In the real world the number of jobs where run time and pull-ups are part of your performance evaluation is vanishingly small.
‘I almost joined the military, but…’ is a weird flex and it’s not OK
Perhaps people feel compelled to come up with these excuses because this country idolizes military service so much.
Reince Priebus’s Navy service is going to be awkward for everyone involved
"The military owes it to itself to find outlets for exceptional individuals to contribute. Priebus owes it to the country to be honest with himself and find a more productive outlet to serve"
4 military phrases civilians should start using
"As much as I'm adapting to corporate life, I wish the civilian world would take at least a few military terms onboard."
The Pentagon’s fight against suicide could be making things worse
"As much as the U.S. military and veteran community says they are destigmatizing mental health treatment, it's still regarded as personal weakness and not as a health problem — and to some extent, the military's own policies promote that outlook."
Selfless service and the ‘veteran superiority complex’
Unfortunately, too many vets believe their own PR, and subscribe to what I’d call the “veteran superiority complex.”
5 things you need to know before getting out of the military
I don't claim to have any special insight other than a combination of stumbling and success, which might be the right combination of experiences to give others some tips.
7 scenes from ‘Office Space’ that apply perfectly to the US military
A movie meant to mock the daily drudgery of office drones also captured the lives of everyone from admin clerks to grunts to pilots.
The right way to be a military innovator
Too often, people who would be innovators either give up too early or never put the work in to see their ideas through. Then they get disillusioned and blame the system for their own failures.
If You Were Triggered By That Gillette Ad, You’re Part Of The Problem
Some people are legitimately outraged by the idea that young men shouldn't be giving each other beatdowns. A not insignificant group feels seriously threatened by being told to be better.
The Number Of Challenge Coins That Are Passed Out Is Too Damn High
The origins of the challenge coin have been lost to antiquity. It’s really anyone’s guess as to how these trinkets...
A Draft Won’t Fix The Civil-Military Divide — But This Plan Just Might
When discussing societal ills, people start talking about mandatory national service as a solution. A lot of this comes from...
Here’s What You Should Think About Before Getting Out Of The Military
When it comes to deciding whether to leave the military or to make it a career, too many folks just...