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The Spectre of Military Suicide: For Whom The Bell Tolls

The first contact I had with suicide in the military was when I was still a Private. I remember being called down to an unscheduled formation in the courtyard along with everyone else in the company. 933 more words

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Yesterday's big day, and a new Cozy builder?

I didn’t get to write a blog post yesterday, because I was in the workshop until well after bed time. We had a very productive day! 571 more words

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Why I don't use exclamation points in email anymore

Once, when I was still enlisted and new to email in the Army, I sent an email to a staff NCO requesting some information. I was a Sergeant (E5) at the time and I was emailing either a Sergeant First Class (E7) or Master Sergeant (E8) – I don’t remember exactly. 341 more words

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♪♫ Que Sera Sera, the PL is responsible for all the platoon does or fails to do, whatever will be, will be ♪♫

One of the unique facets of Army leadership is the concept of the leader being responsible for “all the x-element does or fails to do.” It’s an incredible level of responsibility, and it essentially applies to every echelon (i.e.; the Team Leader is responsible for all his team does or fails to do, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, etc.). 432 more words

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The Secret Brilliance of "You go to war with the Army you have..."

“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish you had at a later time.”

That infamous quote by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, absent of the context in which it was spoken, is actually brilliant in its simplicity and reflects the reality of modern combat, or really, modern combat logistics.

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