Military/Exclusives

7 weapons used in the USMC infantry

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty The Marine infantry has been fighting for our nation's freedoms for the last few hundred years in every clime and place where they can take a gun. Today, the U.S. Marine Corps is one of the most respected and well-recognized branches of any military, the world over. From a mile away, you can identify a Marine by their unique Dress Blues and their high-and-tight haircut. But the Marine getup wouldn't be so well-known if it weren't for the many hard-fought victori ... More

8 ways to celebrate Independence Day like a veteran

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Citizens of the United States of America tend go mildly wild when they celebrate the fourth of July. It was on that day, in 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Deceleration of Independence, severing our nation from the British Empire. Most people commemorate this fateful moment with a nice, wholesome family gathering. Dads work the barbecue while telling awful puns and moms try to make sure the kids don't hurt each other with sparklers. The evening's merrim ... More

Sexual assault victims eligible for VA benefits

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Military1 Columnist Sexual assault is a mortifying secret for far too many veterans. Although it is not often talked about, Military Sexual Trauma, or “MST” as it is often called, is a significant problem in the military. Some of this is due to hazing, dominance and other unexplained reasons. Regardless of the cause, individuals who are victims of MST can experience various mental health problems. According to Stephanie Cojocaru, Psy.D., a psychologist in Florida, scr ... More

6 reasons Marines love the M27

By David Grove We Are The Mighty Over the course of the past two wars, Marines learned a lot of lessons and gained a lot of new weapons and equipment to increase their effectiveness on the modern battlefield. But when we started to realize just how outdated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon became, the search for a replacement began. The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle did just that for the standard Marine infantry squad, much to the disdain of many Marines until they realized its application fit a larger spectr ... More

5 things about the M16A4 you complained about

By David Grove We Are The Mighty The M16A4 was the standard service rifle for the Marine Corps until October, 2015, when it was decided that the M4 Carbine would replace them in infantry battalions. For whatever reason, civilians tend to think the M16A4 is awesome when, in reality, it's actually despised by a lot of Marines. Now, the M16A4 is, by far, not the worst weapon, but it didn't exactly live up to the expectations laid out for it. They're accurate and the recoil is as soft as being hit i ... More

Why it's important for vets to be on the Burn Pit Registry

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty The exposure of troops to burn pits and open-air sewage pits is a black eye on the Global War on Terrorism. While troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, a quick and easy solution to getting rid of garbage and sewage was to simply set it on fire. Years later, this has resulted in wide-spread health issues that affect many of our veterans. The use of burn pits and the subsequent failure to address them as a serious issue has been likened to the struggles that Vietnam ... More

5 reasons why infantrymen are perfect for the SWAT team

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Many troops enlist with hopes of finding something bigger than themselves. After their contract is up, it's not uncommon for the battle-hardened grunt to feel lost in a world now unfamiliar. All the while, they're told that there's nothing out there for them but flipping burgers or greeting customers at some supermarket. Then, there's the world of law enforcement. The police force is, and always will be, trying to scoop up as many of these former-military ... More

What is a veteran's role within the gun debate?

By Capt. Alex Gallo RallyPoint Following the heartbreaking school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas — coming only a few months after the Parkland High School shooting — many are naturally asking what can be done to decrease these tragedies in our country. I want to ask: What is the role for Veterans within this context?  I don’t believe there is a new or unique role for Veterans within this federal-level debate over guns in the United States. And, in any case, the federal debate is not w ... More

6 of the coolest, game-changing planes to ever fly

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Since man was first able to attach weapons and reconnaissance equipment to planes, the U.S. and its allies have been deploying them into enemy airspace. Known for maintaining air superiority, the U.S. has developed some outstanding aerial technology that has long given allied forces the edge in conflicts. Sure, not all the planes that we've developed over the years have earned a place in the history books, but these well-designed aircraft are so badass that they've be ... More