Category: Army

How to Have a Great Valentine’s Day Without Your Military Spouse

Long distance relationships are hard, they’re even harder on holidays that are all about love. Grocery stores across the country quickly remind everyone that Valentine’s Day is coming and you must buy; candy, flowers, cookies, cupcakes, a card that sings, a giant teddy bear, and maybe some balloons to show your love for someone. If ...

How to Thrive in Basic Training (the first step toward Army OCS)

Unlike the Marine Corps, which sends officer candidates directly to Officer Candidate School, the Army requires all officer candidates (who are not prior service enlisted) to attend Basic Combat Training ("boot camp") prior to moving on to OCS. At present, BCT is a 10-week program that focuses on basic fitness, elementary soldiering skills, and military ...

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Wife and kids: the quickest way to earn more pay?

Getting married or having kids could earn you more pay as a military service member. Just don't be hasty.

Taking the Time to Honor Sgt. David Smith of Frederick Maryland

We would like to take the time to remember and honor Marine Sgt. David Smith for his service and sacrifice. On January 23, 2010, Sgt. Smith was mortally wounded from a suicide bomber attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan, passing away three days later on the 26th. Sgt. Smith was a Vehicle Commander and Squad leader ...

What do Special Operators do?

Special Operators serve on the front lines in small ambiguous teams in austere environments in order to complete the following types of missions:

The Pre-Armstrong Workout for Pull-up Beginners

If doing full dead-hang pullups, or as a whole, the official Armstrong Pullup Program is too difficult for you, we recommend trying the following workout until your max set is 7-10 controlled, full dead-hang pullups. Best of luck! The Pre-Armstrong Pullup Program Workout  When required, simply pick any bicep curl type exercises (barbell, dumbbell, alternating, ...

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5 things to write about when sending letters to basic training

Here are some tips for what to write when you send a letter to your service member.

My Dad’s Letters

The letters I received at basic training had a powerful impact on the person I became.

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Sending Letters to Boot Camp & Basic Training over the Holidays

Be aware of how holiday work and training schedules impact mail to service members.