What it Means to Be a Man

Michael Colombini on what it means to be a man from the viewpoint of someone who leads them into battle.

Before April

Guillermo Filice Castro recalls his time serving in the Argentine army during the British invasion of the Falkland Islands in this poem of comradeship and connection between men.

Inside the Mind of a Soldier: 5 Classic Military Stories

Venture onto the battlefield with titles that help you understand the human experience during war.

Thank You for Your Service and Welcome Home!

Veteran: One who wrote a blank check to Uncle Sam for up to and including their life.

Chasing Down the ‘Real Man’

Quentin Lucas found himself in the military, facing court martial, before he could begin to see what a ‘real man’ might be.

How a Pacifist Teacher Prepares His Students for War

Endless occupations, big government, the imperial theme, and teen soldiers—not easy topics for high schoolers. Teacher Jeremy McKeen shares his wish for his grown up students off at war. — “Go and teach Jeremy how to play with G.I. Joes,” I remember a relative saying to one of my older cousins when I was six. I had […]

240 Years Of US Army Uniforms In 2 Minutes

How much have things changed since the very beginning?

Boot Camp – The First Week in the Life of an Army Recruit

They want to keep you on your toes, to keep you uncertain of what is coming next, because it is just one way of breaking down your resistance to them moulding you the way they want.

Returning Soldier Surprises Wife and Son at the Parade

This Rose Bowl reunion will touch your heart.

The Army Thought it Would Beat Me – How I Overcame the Odds

No one would have predicted TJ Trent’s success, not even him. One thing helped him survive and reach the top.

Military Recruit Training as a Modern Day Rite of Passage for Men

I wasn’t looking for a rite of passage when I joined the army, but I sure as hell found it.

Why We Run #8: A New Life

TJ Trent runs to change, to make his fresh start. To a new life.

Adam Chandler Crawford: Everything Changes

Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.

Tis the Season for Feigning Football Interest

September brings my annual ritual of brushing up on the basest college football knowledge for use in conversation.

The Foyer of a Soldier’s House

Poet and U.S. Army veteran Dwight Gray captures how war changes soldiers in this poem of departure and homecoming.