In this gut-wrenching talk, Sergeant Andrew Chambers shares the haunting story of his time in Iraq and the tough transition home that landed him in jail. It’s a powerful testimony to the struggle our soldiers face when they come home, and the tragic ways that they can be denied the help they need.
For anyone looking to support a veteran, we encourage you to heed Chambers’s advice: "Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to."
Your sacrifice and those your loved ones and family are not forgotten. To all our veterans out there, and those not here, thank you.
While I disagree with US Military actions, this is why I wish nothing but the best for our veterans.
PTSD is a lot to take in.
I have PTSD from non-military trauma. I can only imagine how much harder dealing with it is for someone with military trauma - the overall severity of the disorder, and the way that survival responses can seem totally disproportionate in civilian environments. There are a lot of ways you can help a loved one with PTSD.
- Help them create a safe space where they can go when they are feeling particularly vulnerable or recovering from a flashback or panic attack. Never enter that space without their express permission.
- Pick a code word - if you are out in public together and a situation becomes too stressful for them, they can say that codeword and you will help them get out. Sometimes that may mean running interference with others while they go somewhere quieter to collect themselves, sometimes it may mean getting them home so they can go to their safe space.
- Never ever push. If they say they don’t want to talk, respect that. Let them know you will listen when they are ready and then don’t bring it up again.
- Listen, listen, listen. Don’t just pay attention to what they’re saying, pay attention to their body language as they say it and as they interact.
- Ask. Every person with PTSD has a different experience. Ask what they need. Not all of these suggestions apply to every person with PTSD so always ask.
- Let them know, however you let them know, that you are there to support them, listen, and care unconditionally.
"The M1 Garand has done more for this country than most politicians in Washington today." - Unknown
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Nothing quick or easy about it.
U.S. Marines from Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), School of Infantry-East (SOI-E) receive instruction from combat instructors before navigating their way through the obstacle course aboard, Camp Geiger, N.C. Delta Company is the first company at ITB with female students as part of a measured, deliberate and responsible collection of data on the performance of female Marines when executing existing infantry tasks and training events, the Marine Corps is soliciting entry-level female Marine volunteers to attend the eight week basic infantryman and infantry rifleman training courses at ITB.
(Photos by USMC CWO2 Paul Mancuso, SOI-E, 4 OCT 2013.)
OCS phase 1 summed up in 17 seconds
Pat McNamara - Neglect
We sometimes neglect working on the fundamentals. These are the core skills around which everything rotates. It is sometimes necessary to lie flat on your belly and work basic rifle marksmanship (BRM). Refresh on the importance of building a position to achieve a natural point of aim. Understand that without a natural point of aim, there is muscular input and where there is muscular input there will be movement in the weapon when fired. This will have an adverse effect on the desired impact of the round fired.
When you work BRM, you appreciate external ballistics and the effects that wind, temperature, humidity, and angle have on desired impact.
You develop an understanding that this differs from one round to another depending on the make, grain, caliber, and type of round.
“Single shots should be practiced one round at a time. BRM forces us to concentrate on the fundamentals. These fundamentals should be engraved into our hard drives because as tactical gun handlers we must be able to perform certain skills intuitively.
There are facets that must be felt and performed at a subconscious level. i.e., loading, pre-combat check, safety manipulation, building a position, achieving a natural point of aim, sight alignment, trigger control, feeling the metal on metal imperfections in the trigger group, calling your shot, seeing how far the sight rises, seeing where the sight settles, following through, realigning the sights, and resetting the trigger. These must be practiced in near slow motion.
You must have a firm understanding of minute of angle and the accuracy of your rifle. You must know how your sights adjust. You should have a basic understanding of external ballistics to understand the possible adverse effects caused by winds, temperature, humidity, and angle.
BRM allows the shooter to establish a tempo or demeanor.”
Pat McNamara (Mac) has 22 years of Special Operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics.
As the U.S. Naval Academy gears up for Commissioning Week and the Graduation Ball, what better time to post some vintage dating dos and don’ts from Midshipmen Wrong and Right?
Courtesy of our colleagues in the National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab we present How to Succeed with Brunettes (1967), a film produced by the Navy that demonstrates proper dating etiquette for officers. Part of a recent accession of military instructional films from the Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC), the somewhat dated film features wonderful music, evocative of its era, and a fair bit of comedy, both intentional and unintentional.
Be sure to check back - we’ll be posting more vintage Dating Dos and Don’ts over the next few days!
Mike Forsythe and dog Cara are shown breaking the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment at 30,100 feet.
This drives me up the wall. 10 extra rounds makes someone a madman? The military uses 30 round mags. Are they criminals / madmen? If I have three 20 round mags will be a better person than if I have two 30 round mags.
This guy is a tool. Showing off his friend’s rifle to look cool then talking crap about rifles with a higher capacity.