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Uniform Stories

with Uniform Stories Staff

Uniform Stories provides unique insight from the men and women serving in the military. The stories told in this column are meant to offer a channel for soldiers to share their experiences while connecting with the community and each other. Uniform Stories content is both entertaining and practical.

The 6 most authentic war movies, from a soldier’s perspective

By Jonathan Raab, Uniform Stories Contributor  Ever since I was a little kid, watching films about the heroism in war captured my imagination. When I came home from Afghanistan in 2008, I ...

My children don’t know their father before PTSD

By Lea Farrow, Uniform Stories Contributor  It has been almost five years since my husband was diagnosed with PTSD. In a lot of ways, it feels like a lifetime. And for our children, it has li ...

The Marine who held a secret for over 20 years

In 1952, Donnie Dunagan enlisted in the Marine Corps and knew he found his dream career. Dunagan became the youngest drill instructor in history and would be promoted a whopping thirteen times in twe ...

4 competitions where service members go head to head

By David Brown The U.S. military tends to attract the kind of type-A personalities who just need to know they're the best at [insert obstacle]. It doesn‘t even matter what the co ...

Marines were made for boots on the ground

By Jeff Edwards "Boots on the Ground" has become somewhat of a catch phrase lately. I mean, it has always been around I guess, but I don‘t personally remember it being as presen ...

The 7 types of people you meet during military training

By Paul D. Mooney The varied branches of the United States military are all unique snowflakes in their own special ways, like a heavily armed kindergarten class. From the different uniforms, to ...

Sheepdogs gotta sheepdog: The military to first responder pipeline

By Jeff Edwards Most people recognize it if you talk them through it. That is, the premise that our law enforcement and first responder community is full of military veterans. Now, it is not th ...

The 14-year-old who lied about his age and went on to become a war hero

By Xavier Jackson The world has largely condemned the use of child soldiers, and after accidentally deploying sixty-two 17-year-old soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004, the U.S. has clamped d ...

Holidays: The perfect time to swear on the phone with an old Army buddy

By Jonathan Raab My wife can always tell when I‘m on the phone with an old Army buddy. My words speed up, my voice slides a shade deeper, and I swear. Quite a lot. I‘m both an educa ...

How to process the rise of ISIS: A historical perspective

By Joseph Miller In the wake of a long American-backed war in Iraq, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is concerning, especially in regards to how poorly the Iraqi Army has han ...