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This Man Lets his 5-Year-Old Shoot, and He Thinks Your Kids Should Too

The first time Buck Holly can remember shooting a gun, he was three years old. He and his family are around firearms on a daily basis; it’s quite literally the family business. They build guns and teach classes on the range. Professional shooting is a family tradition. Firearms safety is a daily reality that preserves …

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Sangin is Beyond Saving | Opinion | American Grit

The men of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines looked like ghosts to me.  They were thin from too many foot patrols and gaunt-eyed from too little sleep.  They mostly stayed inside of their warehouse-sized berthing area on Manas Air Base in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  They ventured out only to eat hot lasagna at the chow …

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That Time a Canadian Made Us All Proud to be Americans

Gordon Sinclair’s name wasn’t known to many people in America until his 1973 editorial came out. The Canadian journalist released “The Americans – A Canadian’s Opinion” after learning that the Red Cross had completely run out of funds from all the global disasters that had happened that year so far and that the American dollar was …

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Trump’s Cabinet of Generals is Actually a Great Idea

Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, is an excellent choice to round out the President-Elect’s cabinet.  With over 40 years as a Marine, including leading the drug cartel and border-focused Southern Command, he’ll bring experience and good judgment to a position which oversees dozens …

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Why the Military Desperately Needs Mattis Right Now

General James Mattis was confirmed yesterday as President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, in a move that has been widely hailed across social media by former members of the military, especially Marines. But what makes him such a great choice?  Is it his exceptional record of combat awards?  Is it his down-in-the-trenches approach …

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It’s Time to Be Honest About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors [Opinion]

Special Guest Post People like to feel like they are a part of something, and the Dakota access pipeline protests are no different.  Opportunistic activists, celebrities and a sleugh of Native American tribes have, with the help of the media, done an excellent job of ensuring that the narrative there reflects their version of events. …

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Veterans Day is About Veterans. The Rest of the Year Isn’t.

Yesterday I asked my father how he thought Veterans Day had changed over the years.  He told me that he didn’t really remember ever celebrating the holiday before 9/11. Before Afghanistan.  Before Iraq.  Before ISIS. My dad retired this year after 28 years in the Army, many of those years spent far away from his …

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Opinion: Don’t Lower Standards in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course

Note: This article originally appeared on ForeignPolicy.com. As a writer and a Marine Corps infantry veteran, I feel as though I must speak for the countless grunts who have been blowing up my Facebook feed with Colonel Ellen Haring’s op-ed in the Marine Corps Times about standards at the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course. With …

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Opinion: Stop Issuing Bronze Star License Plates

Of the roughly 180,000 Bronze Stars awarded during Iraq and Afghanistan, less than 3% were awarded for valor. In Colorado I saw a man driving a car with a “Bronze Star” license plate without the combat “V” device.  After going to the DMV and looking through their veteran license plate selection, I knew that there …

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