army

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The Desert's for Startin' Over
I finally cheated on my diet. After about a month and a half of vigorously avoiding meat, the inevitable happened. Sadly, it wasn’t even something sexy, like most of us “Broccoli Heads” cheat with. In...
Ferguson Hunter2 months ago
Ordinary Men
As the bullets slammed into the side of his vehicle; Team Leader Chris called into his radio: “Hello Zero, this is Charlie One Two, Contact, Wait Out.” Releasing the Press To Talk (PTT) on the radio m...
Jonathan Bowler2 months ago
From Frontlines to Heavy Books
“INCOMING! GET ON THE FLOOR!” This is how nearly all military movies portray war. You are sleeping in your bunk/cot/bed, and suddenly someone is screaming to get down. Perhaps in the very beginning of...
Darrius Dickerson3 months ago
Iraqi Coffee
I often joked after my 12 months “In Country” that I was on the brink of diabetes, after a few months of back to back meetings with the Iraqi Army (IA), and IP’s. Fortunately, that was not the case; d...
Darrius Dickerson3 months ago
“When the Smoke Starts to Clear...”
Mission Critical SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for besties (mejores amigos/amgias)- Code blue/Código Azul: Los amigos (o amigas). Friendship sustaining activities/chats. Ex. include: Lunch/coffe...
Savannah Wheeler4 months ago
A Soldier Who Flew Higher...
As I walked through the already opened door, I felt that my tears were hotter than the rest of my body. I looked down to see one ladybug jumping from person to person as they entered the room. Right a...
Sean Romero5 months ago
Anxiety and Depression = 22
22, that's the number on average a day veterans take their lives. While we are inundated with that number whenever we have an event, or get ready to deploy, for some that number is just that, a number...
Randy Sinclair5 months ago
The Nest
To feel the cold wind across my cheeks would tend to be a pleasurable experience in most cases, but not in this one. The wind only makes the reminder of where I am and where I have been for the past w...
Hannah Shull5 months ago
Sniper
Days are long, nights are cold. At times I find myself numb from the chill, all but my fingers and toes which ache and burn, try as I may to warm my frozen blood. I can’t shake, no matter how hard the...
Jacob Derin6 months ago
The Courage of the Cowardly Soul
Chapter 1: A Stranger in a Strange Land The crash of mortar shells and the whistle of distant incendiary devices are but a small part of the echoes war leaves in the heart. The shadows of combat are o...
Buddy Brown6 months ago
How To Prepare for Joining the Army
Being a military member is not an easy decision to make—or rather, it shouldn't be one. If you want to join the military police force, or just become an Army doctor, then it's assumed that you have pu...
Fayth Stewart7 months ago
Soft Orders
Soon we will discover how drastically or minimally our lives will change, depending on where they decide to send you. To be honest, it's not like our every wish and need will be met at our convenience...
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Katie 9 months ago
This Army Life Is Crazy Part 1
September 12th was the day my life changed forever. I got on a plane to St. Louis, Missouri to start my army career...and let me tell you it was interesting. As soon as I boarded my flight I was nervo...
Donald Gray9 months ago
Items for Every Army Basic Training Packing List
You're in the Army, now! Chances are you're unsure of what to pack before heading off to basic training, and that's not a bad thing. Not every recruit will be as prepared as the next one, and even few...
Iggy Paulsen10 months ago
Career Opportunities in the Army
Joining the Army or the Marine Corps often tends to bring up a certain image in peoples' minds. Most of the time, people tend to think that Army enrollees always spend their work lives carrying around...
Adrian Scott10 months ago
Ways the Army Should Change Up Its Grooming Regulations
These are the top ten ways the Army should change up its grooming regulations, though mostly spoken from a dreamer's state of mind. The regulations are tough to fight, and will often never be altered,...
Melanie Banar10 months ago
Military Sexual Trauma
I was raped in the US Army. I was discharged after being coerced into a statement saying my claim of rape was incorrect. I was charged with adultery and sodomy. One of my rapists was married. The othe...
Ryan Balser10 months ago
So I Married a Soldier
My name is Ryan, and I married a soldier in the U.S. Army. Perhaps this isn't particularly uncommon, but there are a few things about being the civilian husband that may not be known. I suppose I will...