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 ...

air force dad with wife and three daughters

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.

Proposing at Your Basic Training Graduation: Mistake or the Perfect Time?

It's flashy, it's exciting, it's the combination of two of the most momentous days of your life. But is it also a decision you will regret? Ryan and Jenny Ryan and Jenny first met in biology class in their suburban Georgia high school. Their personal chemistry was evident nearly immediately. Jenny started coming to Ryan's ...

Facts About Unmanned Aerial Systems

What is an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and how do you use it? Commonly referred to as “drones,” the UAS is the aggregate of all the systems required to safely operate the remotely piloted aircraft.  The UAS includes but is not limited to the following components: Ground Control Station, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Launching System, and ...

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 ...

Who are the Marine Raiders?

Historically, Marine Raiders were elite Marine Corps units established during World War II to conduct special amphibious warfare. Marine Raiders earned a ferocious reputation operating behind enemy lines as the FIRST United States Special Operations Forces. After being disbanded for many years following WWII, the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) revamped and changed the ...

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:

Mad Dog Maniacs – SlaySession #19

This one goes out to our new SecDef Gen. Mad Dog Mattis. I pulled out an old one from a database known as my Father's wise philosophies, "Excuses are like @$$holes, everyone has one." Warm-up (note: Every exercise will be done with Knife Hands in honor of Chaos Actual) Carioca - 10 yds then twist ...

marine corps combat fitness test maneuver under fire

How to score the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test

New CFT standards were just published. Do you know what your score will be?

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