Career soldiers are the mainstay of any army; who are these brave patriots that lay down their lives for a living? And what do they do post-combat life?
I recommend making a brew, rolling a spliff if you’re like me and putting aside some time, this one is pretty long. As ever, enjoy.
My War I am warm and comfortable, floating without effort. Sounds are soft and muted. There is an overpowering sense of peace. I can see a blue sky with hazy clouds.
Eisenhower, statistics, and business continuity
This morning, my supervisor sent us an email with the following quote, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” The quote, found on Quote Investigator, attributed the foundation of this message to Dwight D. Eisenhower, explaining that “rigid, premade plans were often useless in conflict. It is the practice of developing plans, and backup plans, and exploring all the options that is of greatest value.” While Eisenhower was referring to war, and my supervisor was referring to software testing, my mind goes to my grad school days where we talked about disaster planning.
I see Ghosts
I see ghosts from time to time. Sometimes I see them when I'm asleep, sometimes when I'm awake and going about my daily routine.
Lost at Sea
It was during one shipboard phone call to Kenny, as we briefly tried to keep whatever we had going, that he dropped a bombshell. Just as my twenty-minute time card was about to expire and we were saying our goodbyes he said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I re-enlisted yesterday.”
For The Love of Safe Keeping
The war had been over for some time when Valarie graduated high school yet the country was still torn apart. The president had faced impeachment, people were trying to heal from all the chaos, and many things were changing and new. Valarie did well for herself in private school earning a 4-year college scholarship, but she couldn’t decide what to do with the rest of her life.
Cost of Freedom
Rwanda, 1993: Freedom comes in many forms, ours came in a rusty tin can, stuffed with twenty thousand American dollars. The amount we needed to bribe our way to safety.
What is MEPS like?
So you want to know what it's like going through MEPS? Maybe you're planning on enlisting, or maybe you're reenlisting. Maybe you're at MEPS now, bored out of your mind, so you decided to do some reading. It doesn't make much of a difference to them. MEPS stands for Military Entrance Processing Station. MEPS is a long and tedious process that everyone enlisting in any branch of the military has to go through. If I had to describe it in three words, I would say "lots of paperwork." I'll be going through each step of the two day process that each enlistee experiences on their way to fighting for freedom.
Hi! I’m Terry Mansfield and I Specialize in Eclecticism
My name is Terry Mansfield, and I was born in a doctor’s office on June 28th, 1951 in the town of Rolla, Missouri, USA. Not long after my birth, my parents Elvin and Lillian moved to St. Louis, a city that sits next to the Mississippi River, and which is a much larger place than Rolla. I grew up in St. Louis and, as almost all St. Louisans do, became a lifelong fan of the local major league baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Go Redbirds!
My Introduction To My Life (Joining The United States ARMY)
Article #1 In this article (My Introduction), I will be writing about my life experiences while serving in the Military (4 Years) and Law Enforcement (10 Years And Counting...). The goal is to be able to help other people who are interested in serving in the Military or Law Enforcement. This is will be a compilation of articles which I will continue to write and publish here on Vocal Media. The point is for you to continue to come back and read more articles about my life experiences and anything that will be able to help you transition into your career, even readers who are already serving, or you as a reader and are just interested in the military/law enforcement life. I will talk about my life in the military first and eventually into my life into law enforcement.
Memoirs from Iraq
Rob called me into the office area of the suite. "Alright brother what's the gig? What will I be doing when I get to Iraq"? I ask.