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  • A picture taken on June 13, 2003 shows children fighters from the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) sitting their guns in Bunia, the bloodstained eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, convicted of using child soldiers in his rebel army, should be sentenced to 30 years in jail, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on June 13, 2012.  "The prosecution requests the chamber to impose a sentence of 30 years in prison," Luis Moreno-Ocampo told judges before the court in The Hague. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages

    The Happiest Veteran

      By Jack Mandaville   I had a lot to drink the other night. I wasn’t puking-all-over-the-place-and-can’t-stand-up-on-my-own-will blasted, but I had enough that I knew I wasn’t good to drive. “Uber…come...

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    The Day of Days

    “It is well that War is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.” -Robert E. Lee By Mad Medic 71 years ago, in the late hours of June...

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    Memorial Day

      By RU Rob While Memorial Day in the United States often induces thoughts of the beginning of summer, BBQ’s and a long holiday weekend, it is not celebrated as intended....

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    Coach K Story, by RU Nick

    Duke University’s Grad School Campout is possibly the most ridiculous sanctioned event I have ever encountered. For 36 hours, thousands of people drink themselves into oblivion and every so often...

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    The Standard

      By Luis Rosa So, I feel like I should explain something. I really don’t feel like I can call myself a Ranger. Bear with me now, it can get complicated....

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    The Fine Line Between Hard and Stupid

      By Lana Duffy Contrary to most Manhattan-dwellers, I have a small section of coveted, private outdoor space. So naturally I put in a small fire pit after my super told...

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    Blue Lives Matter

      by Pablo James Last Saturday, a chill ran down the spine of every cop in America, their spouses, their children, their parents, and their friends. A chill that reminded each...

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    Inspection

    By RU Rob The mere mention of the word INSPECTION to any member of the military will automatically draw groans, moans, bitches, gripes and complaints. Inspections can be cumbersome, and a...

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    Mogadishu

      By Nick Palmisciano I was 16 years old and had just been accepted to West Point when I saw the bodies of Americans being dragged through the streets of Somalia. ...

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    From Amateur to Aficionado – The Basics of Cigars

    By Anthony Welsch There’s nothing quite like a cigar to unwind after a long day or make the most of your leisure time. Humans have been puffing on tobacco for centuries...

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    Stoic Lessons From the Front: How To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunity

      By RU Guest Contributor Ryan Holiday The history of war and combat is filled with stories of men (and women) snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Impossible circumstances, unfavorable...

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    So, About That Nevada Rancher Who Might Spark a Civil War…

      By RU Twisted 67-year old Cliven Bundy is a Rancher in southern Nevada’s Clark County. He has allowed his cattle to graze on the same land that his parents, grandparents,...

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    Is Attitude Really Everything?

      A Ranger Up Fan Submission Well, I put that question to the test—”the biggest so far in my life”—and discovered that committing to a mindset of unrelenting determination transformed this...

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    Call It What It Is

      By Lana It appears there has been a slight uptick in military personnel-related violence lately, mostly regarding guns and a strong dose of the crazy. “You can’t call these people...

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    10 Most Important Battles in American History and Why: Part I

      By RU Twisted War is bad, mmmkay? But whether we support certain wars or not (or are opposed to all of them), they have shaped our country into what it...

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    How Separating From The Military Is Like Breaking-Up

      By RU Guest Contributor Lana Oh, Mother Army, even a year post-exit I still feel that tug. After nearly ten years together I guess that is to be expected; I...

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