Day in the life of a Rebel Alliance Tower Guard on Yavin 4

  Secret Base on [REDACTED] Dear Mom, Taking a moment to drop you a line. As you know, life here in the Rebel Alliance has been kind of crazy of late, what with the whole Death Star business and everything. You hear about Alderaan? I’m not even sure if I believe the news, sounds like … Continue reading Day in the life of a Rebel Alliance Tower Guard on Yavin 4

Tommy and the Road to Stanley: A Bedtime Story of the Falklands Conflict

By Dan Kim Author’s note: This is the second in a series of conflicts adapted into a children’s bedtime story, aided and abetted by both Angry Staff Officer and Toby Dickinson.  Toby, I can’t thank you enough.  I apologise in advance to any member of two particular regiments who may take offence to my portrayal; with … Continue reading Tommy and the Road to Stanley: A Bedtime Story of the Falklands Conflict

Predictions for 2018

So 2017 is over, and what a year it has been. We’ve had drama, scandal, disasters, wars, outbreaks, and diseases, and I think that was just in August alone. I recall after 2016 we all said, "Well, we sure aren’t gonna do THAT again” and apparently we didn’t mean it. Still, with all the latent … Continue reading Predictions for 2018

If “Firefly” Characters were in the U.S. Military

If you’re like me, you discovered the TV show Firefly well after the time it first ran in 2003. While we were spared the original heartbreak that came when the show was not renewed for a second season - damn you, Fox - we are still reminded of our loss every time we watch the … Continue reading If “Firefly” Characters were in the U.S. Military

The Different Types of Army Staff Officers by Branch

As you progress in the Army as an officer - and sometimes as an NCO – you’re bound to end up on staff at some point or another. Like death or taxes, it is inevitable – and sometimes as equally dreaded. One of the perks of staff – besides the feeling of constant dread and … Continue reading The Different Types of Army Staff Officers by Branch

Hogwarts Houses as Army Branches

In the Army, we battle more about whose branch is superior than we do about who has to eat the vegetarian omelette MRE. The infantry, of course, are the most aggressive in asserting their primacy over all others. That is, until special forces rolls in and glares at them over their beards. Cavalry and armor … Continue reading Hogwarts Houses as Army Branches

“Mine DTS Papers are Denied:” Letter Home from an Admin Clerk in the Continental Army

A recently discovered letter from a Massachusetts militiaman in the Continental Army reveals what life was like for the brave men fighting in the American Revolution. The letter is presented here in its original form, with the lower case "s" appearing as it would have at the time since the tendency was to put a … Continue reading “Mine DTS Papers are Denied:” Letter Home from an Admin Clerk in the Continental Army

Mandatory Briefings: the Imperial Edition

This is an excerpt from First Order Center for Lessons Learned Publication, Light Infantry Operations in Forested Terrain and Treatment of Indigenous Peoples. Scene: Imperial stormtroopers are seated in rows of benches as a hologram of the Forest Moon of Endor looms over them. Their company commander steps forward to begin the briefing. Captain: "Listen up, troopers, … Continue reading Mandatory Briefings: the Imperial Edition

5 Common Things Military Servicemembers Do that Only Make Sense to Them

With Thanksgiving coming up this week - and your imminent return home to see your dear beloved family with whom you have not visited since the recent election - we here at Angry Staff Officer thought you might enjoy a short reprieve before you are forced to have an actual face-to-face discussion about politics with … Continue reading 5 Common Things Military Servicemembers Do that Only Make Sense to Them

Additional Duties? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Additional Duties! Ten Tips for Executing the Role of Executive Officer

This post first appeared on the blog Point of Decision and has been reposted in its entirety with permission. So, you’ve pinned (or rather, hook-and-loop fastened) your black bar to your chest. Gone are the days of people calling you “Butterbar” and ignoring what you have to say. It’s a new era, right? Wrong. You’re … Continue reading Additional Duties? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Additional Duties! Ten Tips for Executing the Role of Executive Officer