Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category

Army Vet Finds New Mission Fighting Poachers in East Africa

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Kinessa Johnson served four years in the Army as a weapons instructor and mechanic and did one tour of duty in Afghanistan. When she got out and needed a job, she found an unexpected new mission, protecting animals in East Africa and fighting poachers with VETPAWS. +Continue Reading

9 Military Terms That Will Make You Sound Crazy Around Civilians

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BY TEAM MIGHTY — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

The military has its own language of insider phrases and slang terms, and if you use these unique phrases when you are out, civilians around you are probably not going to know what you are talking about.

It can be challenging to transition from the military to civilian life, but you should probably leave these phrases behind when you leave the military. Otherwise, you’re going to get some crazy looks and eye rolls. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should We Ditch Veteran Preference and Military Discounts?

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A recent piece in the Washington Post asserts that, when military folks ask for discounts, they’re damaging civilian-veteran relations. The author, retired Army lieutenant colonel Dave Duffy, argues that military service, or being a member of the same family as someone who served, should not warrant special treatment in the civilian world. Our own SpouseBuzz editor Amy Bushatz weighed in with a counter to Duffy: most veteran and military discounts are usually offered for business reasons, not entirely as a benevolent gesture. She suggests that a simple, polite inquiry about veteran discounts is okay. +Continue Reading

23 Terms Only US Marines Will Understand

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BY PAUL SZOLDRA — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Marines speak a slightly-different language than the rest of the United States.

While everyone in the Corps speaks and uses English most of the time, there’s another layer of terminology added on top which is uniquely Marine. If you are around Marines long enough, you’ll hear someone being called a “boot” or dozens of them screaming out “yut.”

This is what it all means. +Continue Reading

32 Terms Only Airmen Will Understand

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BY BLAKE STILLWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

As the youngest member of the U.S. armed forces, the Air Force gets a lot of flak from other branches, despite having the capacity to (arguably) destroy all life on Earth in 30 minutes. In its relative short history, its Airmen evolved a culture and language all their own. +Continue Reading

10 Things You’d Rather Hear From Your Sweetheart Than Your Drill Instructor

Hopefully your Drill Instructor doesn’t remind you of your sweetheart. If you wake up in the morning to screaming and regimented exercise, you may be in a problematic relationship. Fortunately most partners are loving and caring in a gentle, healthy kind of way. Here are 10 lines you definitely want to hear from your significant other, but never from your Drill Instructor.

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1, “You lookin’ at me?” +Continue Reading

The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working Dogs

BY MIKE DOWLING — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Military working dogs have been thrust into the media spotlight over the last few years, bringing awareness to the critical roles they play in the U.S. armed forces. While once considered “unsung heroes,” multiple books, television shows, and even a military working dog monument have brought attention to their service.

However, as with all stories that gain attention, sometimes facts being reported and perpetuated are either slightly inaccurate or even blatantly untrue. To handlers and advocates in the MWD community, it can be frustrating to read and hear about stories that not only are untrue, but are actually harmful. It’s important to understand what is myth vs reality.

Here are the 9 biggest myths about military working dogs.

MYTH: MILITARY WORKING DOGS BITE TO KILL

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Sniper Rifles

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American Sniper opens in movie theaters everywhere this Friday. Director Clint Eastwood delivers heart-stopping action in the Iraq battle scenes, but he’s just as interested in Chris Kyle’s marriage to wife Taya (played by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, respectively).

What you don’t get from the movie is a focused discussion and examination of a Navy SEAL sniper’s gear. We’ve got some details here in “5 Things You Don’t Know About: Sniper Rifles,” an exclusive video that breaks down the differences between the weapons and cartridges used by various branches of the military. The clip below is the first episode of 5 Things You Don’t Know About, a new Military​.com series produced in cooperation with Lou Reda Productions.   +Continue Reading

Live Your ‘Fury’ Dreams at Drive a Tank

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If Fury fantasies have dominated your dreams since you saw the movie (available now on Digital HD and out on Blu-ray and DVD 1/27), Drive a Tank in Kasota, MN (about 70 miles SW of Minneapolis) now has a Sherman M4A2E8 (a/k/a the “Easy 8) available in one of its tank experience packages. +Continue Reading

Under the Radar’s Top Stories in 2014

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2014 was an intense year in Military news, and it brought to Under the Radar a number of moving pieces about our beloved veterans and a few that were zany, ridiculous, and strange. Here we like to broadcast and comment on everything from movies to not-so-fond military memories, and we were able to dig those up droves. Showing a bit of the off-beat side of the military, here are the top 10 Under the Radar stories from 2014.

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