military

What Does Military Service Look Like for a Gen Z Soldier?

“It’s been the best-worst thing I’ve ever done.” That’s how Alex, a 22-year-old volunteer infantryman, sums up his past year as an enlisted Marine. He’s…

The Stigma of PTSD Is Keeping Veterans Unemployed

“Well, do you have PTSD?” The first few times Robert Ballis heard this question during a job interview, he answered with another question: “Why does…

Why Female Soldiers Are Killing Themselves at an Alarming Rate

Stephanie Shannon was just 20 years old when she landed in Saudi Arabia in a tan camouflage uniform still crisp around the edges. She’d enlisted…

The Myth of the Conservative Soldier, the Men Who Breast-Feed Their Babies and Mac’s Weird Body Issues on ‘It’s Always Sunny’

I just can’t wrap my mind around dudes nursing babies. I get that, as you’ll read in this piece, there’s a perfectly normal reason why…