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

Peter Ross Bayonet Assault training

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

3 Things Young Men Learn From Initiation Rituals

Why Young Men Need Initiation

Helping young men be at peace with themselves, overcome their fears, and make the world a better place

Men’s Rites of Passage: The Almost Lost Tradition

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Even in our technologically advanced society the ancient Rite of Passage has much to offer the Modern Man and may in fact help him find his way within it.

Discussing the Cycle of Male Verbal Abuse

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He used the same words. He used the same towering posture. This wasn’t about teaching me or guiding me to be a man. This was about control.

An Unsuccessful Attempt to Be a Considerate Lover

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Bob Marrow remembers a time when he thought he was reading the signals perfectly. Not quite.

Hitting My Son


David Karpel on training his son in self-defense and character development.

The Competitive Edge: Why It’s Imperative We Teach Our Sons and Daughters To Compete

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Alan Bishop worries we talk too much about the negative aspects of competition instead of focusing on all the positives.

A Weekend Initiation into Mature Masculinity

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A weekend training fills the void for boys and men seeking rite of passage into manhood.

Mentored Boys or Monster Boys

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“In the absence of elders, the impetuosity of youth becomes the slow death of the community.” Jed Diamond takes his grandson on a rite of passage.

“With an arbitrary age for adulthood and no guidance, people end up ‘lost’ after high school.”


This is a comment by Trevor Sprague on the post “Where’s My Burning Ant-Glove?”

“Yes, I’m nearly broke, but failure leads to the first step up.”


This is a comment by J Lindsay on the post “A Modern Day Hero’s Journey Is What Today’s Boy Needs to Become a Man”.

A Modern Day Hero’s Journey Is What Today’s Boy Needs to Become a Man

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The entire reason we have such a thing as a quarter life crisis, and later a mid-life crisis, is because boys and young men lack meaningful rite-of-passage experiences.

Men in Schools—For Boys


Earl Hipp sits down with youth mentor Dave Bolduc and discusses his successful social skills program.

The Jockstrap: A Rite of Passage


A father-son bonding moment over sporting goods? Why not?