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The Warrior's Path: Part 1

The Warrior's Path: Part 1

The Warrior's Path: Part 1

The Warrior's Path: Part 1

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totall...

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Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participate in a live-fire range aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) on April 16, 2021. (Photo courtesy DVIDSHUB)

The Marine Corps’ Identity Crisis

Without an active conflict, The Marine Corps is facing an identity crisis; and its solution is to reinvent the wheel.  While the argument stands that our future war will be with a peer threat in th...

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Perpetuating Success Stories - The One More Wave Floperator

Perpetuating Success Stories - The One More Wave Floperator

I love veteran success stories. Growing up, my grandfather, a World War II infantryman, taught me to excel in life regardless of circumstances. Seen in his youth as the part-Indian bastard child of...

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Poetry is Metal: What veterans can learn from Metallica’s “One”

Poetry is Metal: What veterans can learn from Metallica’s “One”

When I think of Metallica’s song “One”, I remember the epic Guitar Hero jam-sessions held in a small shack we nicknamed the M-Dub, short for MWR, at OP Restrepo. We spent countless hours passing th...

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The Great American Vet Fet, Part 3: The Naming of Things

The Great American Vet Fet, Part 3: The Naming of Things

After those morons stormed of the Capitol, we vets are Bret Hart during the Montreal Screwjob and no Vince McMahon is coming to make it right.   What do I mean? Well, first look at what appears to ...

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Podcast Review: Q Clearance

Podcast Review: Q Clearance

By Saul O’Donovan   I will begin this short article by assuming there is at least one QAnon believer or someone who is Q-curious reading this. Perhaps you just know someone caught up in this moveme...

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The Great American Vet Fet, Part 2: Magical Thinking

The Great American Vet Fet, Part 2: Magical Thinking

By Matt Cricchio   If we want to do our part to break The Great American Veteran Fetish the first thing we must do is to stop all of our magical thinking. Magical Thinking? Is that what your boy di...

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Old but Gold: A Review of The It Could Happen Here Podcast Series

Old but Gold: A Review of The It Could Happen Here Podcast Series

By Saul O’Donovan   It Could Happen Here is a podcast series hosted by conflict journalist Robert Evans which discusses the plausibility of a second civil war in the US. Released in the spring of 2...

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The Great American Vet Fet, Part 1: Establishing the Fetish

The Great American Vet Fet, Part 1: Establishing the Fetish

You’re not going to like this and I am opening myself up to everyone’s favorite dick measuring contest (what branch was he? What unit? My boy was with him in RC-South and said he’s a turd) but it m...

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The Stellate Ganglion Block: An Alternate Look at PTSD

The Stellate Ganglion Block: An Alternate Look at PTSD

Because it seems to change our personality, most folks assume that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is solely a mental health problem. PTSD sits on the same list with schizophrenia and bipolar disord...

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Hazardous Divergence: Sociopolitical Sectarianism in America

Hazardous Divergence: Sociopolitical Sectarianism in America

There’s no doubt that identity politics, social media and COVID-19 are all factors that increased political tensions exponentially around the world. But more specifically, in the U.S., where we’ve ...

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A Bridge Too Far: A Counterpoint to the Antifa Boogeyman

A Bridge Too Far: A Counterpoint to the Antifa Boogeyman

As we are a platform of varying and informed opinions, it’s only healthy that we also challenge each other as writers for the sake of civil discourse. So in that spirit I offer a counterpoint ...

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The Antifa Boogeyman

The Antifa Boogeyman

So about two months ago, I got an email notification from Nextdoor, which is a national platform for neighbors to locally communicate on all things relative to good ole American suburbia. Norm...

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Stress Inoculation in Practice: Cold Water Exposure

Stress Inoculation in Practice: Cold Water Exposure

One of the main things setting special operators apart from those with less rigorous training is that they don’t break down as much when things go sideways. It’s not so much that they possess amazi...

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War Vets, Fantasy, and a Misunderstanding

War Vets, Fantasy, and a Misunderstanding

* Egregious Nerd Alert * Know Ye that by getting this far you’ve already tread perilously close to where Dungeons & Dragons remains eternally relevant. This week we take a break from curre...

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