Chuck Holmes

Chuck Holmes is a former Army Major and combat veteran. Chuck is a successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife, Rachel.

Anna Mae Hays: The First Female Army General Officer

Today, I want to do a short post on the first female Army General Officer: Anna Mae Hays. I’m going to talk briefly about her background and military experience. Rewind the clock nearly fifty years, way back to 1970, and Anna Mae Hays became the first female in the U.S. Armed Forces (not just the …

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Before You Deploy: Top 10 Things You Should Do

In today’s post, I want to share 10 things to do before you deploy.  If you’re serving in today’s military, there is a good chance you will deploy at some point.  Preparation is key.  You should be mentally, physically, financially and spiritually prepared at all times, so you can deploy, get the mission done, and …

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Army Leadership Principles for Officers and NCOs

Today, I want to share some basic Army leadership principles with you. I found these 11 Army leadership principles on a little cardboard tri-fold brochure published by the 1st Army, sometime around WW2. I read it several times and realized the information is just as relevant today as it was nearly 70-years ago. These Army …

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From Bad Army Officer to Top Block Army Officer: My Story of How I Did It

I want to keep it real with you today. It pains me to write this for the world to read, but I know that it will help at least one other fellow Army Officer, so it’s worth it. My journey to becoming a competent and proficient Army Officer was a long road. I was one …

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Military Police Platoon Leader in the 10th Mountain Division: My Experience

Guest post – Dominick Fuentes Recently, Brigade Special Troops Battalions (BSTBs) have transitioned to Brigade Engineer Battalions (BEBs).  Before this shift, Military Police (MP) platoons were assigned (by MTOE) to Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) one each.  Those who’ve been a minority MOS in a unit will likely relate to my platoon leader (PL) experience with …

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Advice for Army Soldiers About to ETS from the National Guard or Army Reserve

Today, I want to share some advice and tips for Soldiers about to ETS from the Army.  These are some recommended tips that I learned during my 15+ year career that I often shared with the Soldiers under my authority.  Enjoy. # 1 Have a Game Plan – I don’t think there is anything wrong with …

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Army 68R MOS: Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist

In today’s post, I want to educate you about the Army 68R MOS, the Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist.  We’re going to discuss the common duties, responsibilities and job description.  We’ll also talk about the pre-requisites, AIT, career opportunities in the Army and life after the Army. Although I have never served in this MOS myself, …

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Leadership Advice for Army First Sergeants

Today, I want to share some leadership tips and advice for Army First Sergeants.  Although I was never a 1SG myself, the information in this post comes directly from former and current Army First Sergeants.  I simply interviewed a few senior NCOs whom I trust and respect, and took notes about what they said.  I …

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Army 11C MOS: The Indirect Fire Infantryman

What should you know about the Army MOS 11C? Let me start by telling you that this is known as an Indirect Fire Infantryman, sometimes referred to as a morterman.  What I want to do in the rest of today’s post is talk about the duties, responsibilities, job description, the pre-requisites, basic training and AIT, …

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List of Army National Guard Infantry Divisions

The Army National Guard plays an important role in the Global War on Terrorism.  Not only do they support their governor, and state emergencies, but they are also a contingent force for federal emergencies.  They even have an operational role in war. As of a 2015, there are eight infantry divisions in the Army National …

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