united states armed forces


U.S. Army soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Slovenian soldiers with the 10th Regiment and Italy’s Brigata Bersaglieri Garibaldi engages simulated enemy forces while clearing an airfield during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 23, 2016. 

Air Force: Fit to Sit.

The rest of the military? Too legit to quit.

Disclaimer: This isn’t mean to insult. I appreciate all of the military men and women of this country. I posted this on FB and everyone went ape shit over it. Come on guys and gals, it’s called sense of humour. Hopefully y'all on tumblr can get a good laugh at it. Especially all the troops out there. Oorah!

The other day there was a...

woman in the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America in Target.

I went over to thank her, as I feel anyone should whenever they see someone in uniform. We got to talking for a few minutes and she informed that she had been home for only a few hours and the reason she was at Target shopping is because she was going to see her 3 year old daughter for the second time in her life.

She then proceeded to pull out a picture of her daughter and show her off, I’ve never sen anyone smile so happily in my entire life. This look upon this womans face was that of pure joy and it made me smile just looking at her.

Right then, a man came up and proceeded to call this woman a radical terrorist working for the American government and that she should have been killed overseas instead of walking on American soil.

At that point a 50+ year old woman whipped around and told this man that he needed to be shot for being so disrespectful and although he may not agree with what’s going on he need not disrespect the people that fight for him to be able spout bullshit like that.

This old woman gives me hope that some people are still able to speak up when it’s necessary.

I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.

War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military.

- Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 - June 21, 1940); Major General, United States Marine Corps.

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence
U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo. (Photo: U.S. Army via AP)

President Obama commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, setting up the army intelligence analyst turned high-profile leaker to be freed on May 17, the White House announced Tuesday.

Manning was on a list of 209 commutations and 64 pardons, which may not be Obama’s final act of clemency before he leaves office at midday on Jan. 20. Edward Snowden’s name was not on the list.

Manning was convicted after leaking U.S. military incident logs and diplomatic cables, among other secret government documents, in 2010.

In his final scheduled briefing for reporters, White House press secretary Josh Earnest described Manning and Snowden in starkly different terms.

“Chelsea Manning, as a member of the United States armed forces, went through a legal proceeding administered by the United States military under the laws that govern the conduct of members of the United States military, and there was a hearing and a conviction and a sentence,” Earnest said. “It all went through that regular process.  And that’s the way we determine guilt or innocence in this country, particularly with regard to the conduct of men and women in our armed forces.  And that’s the way that our system works.”

But Snowden “should return to the United States and face the serious crimes that with which he’s been charged,” Earnest said. “He will of course be afforded the kind of due process that’s available to every American citizen who’s going through the criminal justice process. But the crimes that he’s accused of committing are serious. And we believe that he should return to the United States and face them rather than seeking refuge in the arms of an adversary of the United States that has their own strategic interests in disseminating information in a harmful way.”

Manning’s commutation reads:

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning – Oklahoma City, OK

Offense: One specification of wrongful and wanton publication to the internet intelligence belonging to the United States; five specifications of stealing, purloining or knowingly converting U.S. government records; six specifications of willful communication of information relating to the national defense; one specification of willful communication of information in unlawful possession; one specification of willful communication of information relating to the national defense by exceeding authorized access to a U.S. government computer; one specification of willful communication of information relating to the national defense obtained by accessing a U.S. government computer; five specifications of failure to obey order or regulation; U.S. Army Court Martial

Sentence: 35 years’ imprisonment (August 21, 2013)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.