Stories in Serve that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
Steeling Against and Forging Ahead
For this writer, the time since writing last year’s The Important Things has been rough, for a multitude of reasons that won’t be delved into here. A large part of that was spent staring at the floor, evaluating next steps, and, many days, coming to weak, if any, conclusions.
Context and Complexity: Diving into "The Penthouse Vietnam Veterans Adviser"
This experiment previously tested how AI research would describe the unexpected legacy of Penthouse magazine when it came to writing about the Vietnam War. In honor of Memorial Day we decided to put it to a further test to see how tools like ChatGPT can supplement original and historical works, particularly those as complex as Penthouse’s “Vietnam Veterans Adviser.”
The History behind the Purple Heart
In the US Armed Forces, the Purple Heart is second only to the Medal of Honor in terms of recognition. Furthermore, it is the oldest military award in the United States- but where did it originate?
Four Habits of Discipline From My SEAL Dad
I grew up with a SEAL dad. He graduated from Class 117 in 1983. From there he was an active duty SEAL for 35 years. He was deployed for 50% of my life to war zones.
Where are you from?
“Where are you from? Quite frankly, this is probably one of my least favorite questions to be asked, especially when I was still in school. Then, I still moved frequently at the whim and necessity of Uncle Sam.
Top 10 Interesting Warplanes With The World's Most Ridiculous Design
Warplanes are some of the deadliest weapons ever designed. They have the ability to carry huge loads and destroy entire cities. How exactly are they interestingly designed? What makes them so ridiculous?
7 Navy SEAL Characteristics That Are Worth Emulating
The Navy SEALs lead by example, that's what is so alluring about them. They don't wait for others to show them the way or ask for permission either. They simply go about their business with conviction and purpose.
The Siege of Tay Ninh Province
About me: I am a Permanent and Totally (P&T) disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. I am sharing my experiences looking back after the war in the hope it helps someone else find peace.
Daughter of War
We've all heard about the life-long effects that war can have on human life. Effects of war can include mass destruction of cities and long lasting effects on a country's economy. Citizens can turn into refugees and there are possibly mass killings of men, woman and children alike. The disastrous effect it has can last for lifetimes and even centuries.
5 Lessons The Army Taught Me About Life
Joining the military taught me a lot about life. I feel wiser beyond my years and friends with their degrees. I absolutely value education, but a lot of the degrees seem like useless, debt building degrees.
My First Submarine Watch
This was it. I was finally a useful member of the crew. Earlier that morning, I had finally qualified to stand the Shutdown Roving Watch. Our boat was in the shipyard, which meant the engine room was shut down, but someone still needed to walk around every hour and check on different machines and temperatures and pressures. Enter the Shutdown Roving Watch, or SRW, or roving watch as it was spoken. This is the guy that wanders the depths of the engine room with a clipboard and flashlight, writing down the same set of numbers each hour, bored out of his mind. During the day there are plenty of crew members to chop it up with, shipyard workers to yell at, and commotion to keep us busy, but at night, there’s nobody. Three guys look after panels in the maneuvering room, one of which takes the occasional trip down into the engine room, and every few hours one of the supervisors will take a tour of the space and review the clipboard, but that’s it. It’s an important job, sure, but only on the rare occasion that something goes wrong. Otherwise, it’s a lonely way to spend a day, switching off with other watchstanders every few hours.
Stripes and Bars to Stars
In the hip hop genre, rappers often describe how they’ve earned stripes, and sometimes in the next breath say they’re five star generals. This is true, but only with conditions. Someone who transitions from the enlisted ranks to becoming an officer is known as a mustang, and it takes decades for officers to achieve general status.