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Generations In Uniform: The Rise Of An Hereditary Military Caste
Lt. Col. Shawn McKinstry of the Canadian Army Reserve shows a picture of his great-grandfather with his regiment from the First World War.  Photo credit here . My  father, like his father before him, was a soldier, as were my two older brothers. My earliest...

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No, Mr. President, There Isn't A Religious Freedom Problem In The Military
 US Army chaplain visits a simulated casualty during a training exercise. My Twitter feed lit up a bit recently when this story aired on CNN, regarding comments by US President Donald Trump that US service personnel in a military hospital were denied relig...

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War And Remembrance: Notes Towards A Taxonomy Of Contemporary War Literature
For a long time it was TGWOT - The Global War on Terror, the term for the US led conflict that officially began on September 11, 2001, though one could argue that it began with the USS Cole attack in 2000, the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 19...

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Diet, Fitness and Military Readiness: Connecting the Dots
Last week was an example of how two different news stories , while not directly connected, can nevertheless invite, even scream for, side by side comparison. The first was this 26 April podcast from Freakonomics entitled "There’s A War On Sugar. Is It Justi...

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Miitary Writers On The Value Of Fiction
I just noticed this slightly dated (14 Feb 2017) on the Modern War Institute of West Point website about a panel of writers speaking on the value of writing fiction . The panel included one writer I have reviewed on this blog , Phil Klay, author of Redeploy...

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More Religions To Be Recognized In US Military
This piece in the Religion News Service received some modest attention among the US national security (NatSec) people I follow on Twitter. The US Department of Defence has "announced a near doubling of its list of recognized religions. It will now formally ...

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Book review: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, Somme: Into The Breach
A small addition to my modest resume of military writing.  This book review on a 2016 book on the First World War's  Battle of the Somme was published yesterday in The Strategy Bridge , an online journal.  I was very happy to have my piece selected by The B...

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Remembering Canada's Army Chaplains at Vimy Ridge
This week, starting on Sunday, marks the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, when the Canadian  Corps, fighting together, achieved a significant victory on the Western Front during World War One.  Vimy is often regarded as part of Canada's coming of age ...

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Tuesday Night Boardgame: GMT's 1914: Attack A L'Outrance
Returning to an old and occasional custom here at Mad Padre Wargames, it's our Tuesday night boardgame feature, in which I spare some love for my first love, hex and counter wargames.  Tonight's subject is the GMT Games Title, 1914: Offensive a Outrance, a ...
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