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The Stolen Valor Act: 8 Important Facts

Today, we’re going to talk about the Stolen Valor Act. Throughout time there has always been cheaters and liars. Some of the lowest, and most disgusting of these are the “wastes of oxygen” who claim they received military awards, and use them to gain respect, money or other benefits. Please excuse the terminology I use, …

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PTSD War: How to Deal With It

Soldiers deal with many challenges during deployment, but the battle often does not end once they return home. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 5 of those who deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan. Battlefield injuries, close proximity to explosions, witnessing death, and the constant fear of being attacked, coupled with the adjusting to being …

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National Guard Funeral Honors

The Army National Guard (ARNG) Military Funeral Honors (MFH) program renders professional military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition, to all eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member.  Currently, the ARNG conducts 75% of all MFHs for the Army and approximately 47% of all MFHs for DOD. The MFH program has developed a …

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How Can I Stay Technically and Tactically Proficient as a Part-Time Soldier?

Here’s a question I got via email the other day: “how can I stay technically and tactically proficient as a part-time Soldier?”  I would define that as a million dollar question.  My immediate answer is that you can’t stay technically and tactically proficient as a part-time Soldier.  I honestly believe that no one can remain …

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Top 5 Tips for Giving Effective Criticism

Although we should avoid criticizing our subordinates, as leaders we will always be faced with situations that will require us to give some sort of criticism.  In order to help you do that effectively, here are my Top 5 Tips for Giving Effective Criticism. 5. Start with the Positives and Go in Collected: Before you …

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the good ole boy system in the military

The Good Ole Boy System in the Military

In today’s post, I’d like to discuss the Good Ole Boy System in the military. Keep in mind this information is geared toward National Guard and Army Reserve personnel, rather than Active Duty personnel. The military, often regarded as a disciplined institution driven by meritocracy, is not immune to the influence of certain informal practices …

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