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The Boy Scouts and The U.S. Army

Developing Great Leaders When I was a young man, I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 81 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. It was one of the greatest learning experiences in my life, and I did learn a lot about survival as well as leadership. I had started as a Cub Scout, moved into Webelos …

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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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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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Army 68X MOS Behavioral Health Technician: My Experience Working in an Army Outpatient Clinic

Guest Post by Laura Seefeld Just after I graduated from college, I enlisted in the US Army, as an active duty Behavioral Health Technician (68X).  Yes, after and no, I did not want to be an officer.  I joined very specifically as enlisted because I wanted to be sure that I worked in behavioral health, …

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Army M2/M3 Bradley Gunner: My Experience

Guest Post by Daniel Slone There are distinct varieties of infantry in the U.S. Army—mechanized, airborne, light—and while these days I am a light or “leg” infantryman, for several years early in my career I served in a mechanized infantry line company. I have many fond memories of my time as a Bradley gunner and …

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Military Analyst Mobile Training Team Instructor & Combat Intelligence Support Operations Specialist: My Experience

Guest Post by Tiffani Maynor Today, I want to share my experience as a military analyst mobile training team instructor and combat intelligence support operations specialist.  My goal is to share what I learned while in the job, so you can learn from my successes and mistakes. I was a military analyst mobile training team …

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