Raqqa Falls, John Allen to head the Brookings Institute & a “hazing” court-martial ends in an innocent verdict in I MEF

John R. Allen
General USMC (Ret)
Brookings Institute

We’ll talk about the news of the day:

(1) The ISIS Capital of Raqqa falls to US supported Syrian and Kurdish forces?  What’s next, do we know?  We suck at Phase 4 (post-combat operations – converting what we’d fought for into political reality), Iraq and eastern Syria are there again.

(2) John R. Allen, General USMC (ret), will head The Brookings Institute, we’ll talk about it.

(3) A Marine was recently found “not guilty” in a hazing court martial, we’ll talk about it.

Why go to the doctor and how to upgrade the quality and decrease the quantity of media you consume

The Gunner

Most of us hate going to the doctor when we have signs of being ill, Mike talks about how he got over that.

How we consume media in an age when it comes to us on cell phones 24 hours a day is becoming a problem, as more and more people are finding that life isn’t better with more news coming to them more ofter — we’ll talk about it.

John Kelly, General USMC (ret) and White House Chief of Staff holds his first Press Conference

John Kelly
White House Chief of Staff

John Kelly, General USMC (ret) and White House Chief of Staff held his first Press Conference since taking that position.  He performance got high marks from the media as an example of how a “leader” interacts with the media.  It is certainly worth a listen.


Kirkuk attacked by the Iraqi Army, Raqqa in final stages & Bowe Bergdahl pleads “guilty” to “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy”

We’ll talk about the news of the day:

  • The Iraqi Army moves on Kurdish controlled Kirkuk
  • Bowe Bergdahl, US Army, pleads guilty this morning to “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.”
  • Operations in Raqqa are entering its final stages

Rats in the Twentynine Palms Commissary, “Phase 4” of Recruit Training goes holistic and a Post-Colonoscopy live interview: Mike, Mac & Montana Man

Holistic Recruit Training?
Rats? Really?

A ton of news going on today, we’ll focus rats forcing the Commissary at MCB Twentynine Palms to shut down, the changes to “Phase 4” of USMC Recruit Training where Drill Instructors where do more talking to recruits and shed the “knife edge” aura of the previous 11 weeks.

Montana Man joins us to update us on the colonoscopy that he completed this morning — another case of a “post-colonoscopy” euphoric high!

White nationalists being promoted in the USMC, rats in the 29 Palms Commissary & hazing is a symptom of absent SNCO & NCO leadership

We’ll talk the news of the day and there is a bunch of it today!

  • Americans turned away at a Special Forces firm base in Syria
  • A Marine “white nationalist” sergeant who plead guilty to trespassing when he and another Marine unfurled a white nationalist banner from a building in August is due to be promoted.  How?
  • Rats have closed the 29 Palms Commissary!!!!!
  • HAZING:  “…is a symptom is a greater problem in an organization, lack of leadership at the SSgt & Sgt level…”

Age and medical limits for Congress and a leadership crisis at the United States Military Academy

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif is 84 years of age, she recently announced that she will run for reelection.  How old is too old to serve?

Should Congressmen be able to serve with conditions like Alzheimer disease?

The United States Military Academy at West Point has a crisis on its hand that has been on display recently, pictures of a 2LT wearing garb and showing signs about supporting  communism.

An incredible letter was written recently by a retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel, former West Point Cadet and current West Point Faculty member Robert M. Heffington that excoriates the leadership of the United States Military Academy.

Wes O’Donnell: The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels

One of the best interviews I’ve read as I’ve kept track of the U.S. Navy’s collision issues appeared recently on the inmilitary.com and was entitled “The Real Reason the US Navy Keeps Hitting Merchant Vessels” — Wes O’Donnell conducted the interview joined us to discuss it.


John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

How does the Marine Corps deal with “hazing”?  We’ll begin a long series of conversations about the subject with most enlisted Marines.

John Ubaldi was an 0311 and 0369 (infantryman and Infantry Plt Sgt) we’ll here his thoughts on these questions:

(1)  What is hazing in the Marine Corps?

(2)  Why do Marine haze?

(3)  Who hazes?

(4)  Who is the key to minimizing (knowing it won’t be eliminated) the amount of hazing that Marines experience?