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Recruiting 16-Year-Olds: Patriotic Child Grooming

Yes, we’ve read the terrible article. A genius decided that it would be a wise idea to propose allowing 16-year-olds to enlist in the military (as a means of solving our current recruiting issues). We think this would be a bad idea -- read the original piece here: https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/07/10/why-we-should-lower-the-age-for-recruitment-to-16/?fbclid=IwAR2JcuTfe7Na6hsgoLhnQewUeen-GkgS5U2P7_3KBj515QYOMpQGDk6yZf8 We also discuss whether or not the ‘Storm Area...


TTPs for Making Your Soldiers Eat Their Vegetables

It’s a season of good ideas, and by good ideas we mean people wanting to change things in the Army because they heard that keto was good for you or that you need to do deadlifts to have Warrior Strength. In this week’s episode, Nate and Francis discuss a few hot topics in the military: a proposal to recruit combat arms soldiers to the tune of $250k bonuses; a (pie-in-the-sky) proposal to enforce dietary ketosis for soldiers; and a discussion of how informal memorials crop up as a result of...


Bergdahlpalooza 10 Years Later feat. Jon Thurman

10 years ago, an American soldier walked off an outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. It didn’t make the news in the US to a great degree, but 5 years after that, it precipitated a right-wing freakout and an entire season of the podcast Serial. In this episode, Nate speaks with Jon Thurman, a veteran of 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, who was there on the search for Bergdahl. They of course know each other because Nate was there, too. They cover their memories of the search itself, the media...


Why Did Putin Tie My Shoes Together feat. Milo Edwards

That dastardly Vladimir Putin, the bane of our existence, is constantly deploying active measures to make Eric Garland tweet too much. Or is he? As Trashfuture cohost and longtime resident of Russia, Milo Edwards (@milo_edwards), has experienced, sometimes Russia is too insane for even Putin himself. In this episode, Milo and Nate discuss everything from terrible Russian supermarkets to the slightly risky concept of Georgia joining NATO. Hope you enjoy! This week’s Patreon bonus features...


Expert Field Kitchen Badge

We’ve all seen chest candy. Whether it’s a private rocking an airborne badge or some terrifying spec-ops E-8 with every spaceship-commander skill badge in existence, at some point we’ve all encountered the Army (and it’s basically just the Army) penchant for giving people skill badges for just about everything. Well, there’s chest candy to come: apparently we’ll soon get to experience the Expert Soldier Badge, which you get for Doing Soldier Skills Well. But, what is this badge? And why is...


You Will Address Me as Sir or Ensign Priebus

Okay, seriously, what the hell--apparently Reince Priebus (former Trump Chief of Staff) has joined the Navy as an O-1… at age 47. We’re confused, but hey, there’s time enough to give him a red belly. Read that story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-trump-chief-of-staff-reince-priebus-joins-the-navy/2019/06/10/20174f2a-8bbf-11e9-8f69-a2795fca3343_story.html?utm_term=.0d8e5712f012 We also discuss the story of the Naval War College’s Commandant, a Navy Rear Admiral with a...


Vaping Your Way to War Crimes with Duncan Hunter

This week, Nate and Francis discuss two recent news stories that are painfully dumb but also, surprisingly, relevant to the military. First, we examine the story of Trump’s lackeys trying to forcibly relocate the USS John S. McCain because of Trump’s strong dislike of the guy the boat was named after. We also discuss Duncan Hunter’s recent conversation in which he admitted to shelling civilians in Fallujah during his tenure as a Marine artillery officer. This was supposed to be a defense of...


Joining ISIS in the Multiverse feat. Hussein Kesvani

This week, Nate is in-studio with Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani), the author of the recently-published book “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims.” Hussein is also a cohost of the Trashfuture podcast and a man who can enrage everyone’s Facebook uncles with a simple tweet. They discuss how Hussein met his Islamophobic troll in person, how he managed the pressures of growing up as an other in suburban Britain, and how they’ve both watched the same weird jihadi dancehall video from...


War Crimes Pardons: The Ultimate Troop Respecting

Donald Trump, America’s big, wet President, recently pardoned a war criminal named Mike Behenna. Recently, he indicated that he wants to pardon even more war criminals -- all of them white dudes who murdered people in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this episode, Nate and Francis break down why this is pathetic and why your Once An Eagle ass cosplay about being The Leader Who Will Stop Bad Things means nothing when your chain of command actively encourages war crimes. It’s bad, folks! This week’s...


Training: No. Laser Tanks: Yes feat. Joe Kassabian

Our friend Joe Kassabian (@jkass99), THE HOOLIGANS OF KANDAHAR and host of the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast, has a new book coming out called CITIZEN OF EARTH. You can buy it here, and you should: https://kyanitepublishing.com/product/citizen-of-earth/ In this episode, Joe and Francis discuss the new book, bad Army training, laser tanks, insane future weapons, and why the higher your rank the in the military, the less a grip on reality you have re: what soldiers can do. It’s a fun...


Demon Guitar Solo Trumpism feat. Riley Quinn

Francis is out doing dad things, and Nate is covering down with a weird one out of left field. This week, Nate and special guest Riley Quinn (@raaleh) of Trashfuture Podcast discuss a looming horror in the distance: Donald Trump fans’ weird crossover with the Warhammer 40k universe. Riley explains what ‘grimdark’ is, why the fash seem to love slapping Trump’s head on the Emperor of All Mankind, and why gatekeeping fan subcultures can get weaponized very easily. The article from The Mary Sue...


Crying: A Winning Public Affairs Strategy feat. Fred Wellman and Amber Mathwig

In this episode, Francis speaks with Army public affairs veteran Fred Wellman (@fpwellman) about a recent article by an Army PAO that basically blames the media for not being patriotic enough. As fellow flacks, they discuss why this is a garbage take and why everyone should demand more truth from the military. Here is the dumb article that sucks: https://mwi.usma.edu/takes-two-tango-journalists-role-healthy-military-media-relationship/ In addition, we have an interview with all-round...


*Preview* Triple Frontier: Divorced Dad Energy feat. Bryan Quinby

In a preview of this week's bonus episode, Francis speaks with Bryan Quinby (@murderbryan) of Street Fight Radio on the topic of the recent Netflix film 'Triple Frontier.' Why is it so long? Why is Ben Affleck basically playing himself? And why do a bunch of Delta Force guys apparently really suck at planning? They answer all these and many more of your questions. If you want to listen to the whole thing, sign up on Patreon and access it here:...


I Hate It When Fascists Police My Militarized Borders Somehow

This week, we react to the recent happening at the US-Mexico border, in which a group of paramilitaries (among them ex-cops and veterans) held unarmed asylum seekers at gunpoint until the Border Patrol could arrest them. As Francis and Nate discuss, this sure sounds like some fascism. We also talk about a Marine general’s fixation on yard care, which brings us to the larger point: why is the military so obsessed with demonstrations of obedience as opposed to anything approaching actual...


Imperial Aftershocks feat. Joe Glenton

We figured it was time to dig in a little deeper on British military stories. This week, Nate speaks with British Army veteran and journalist Joe Glenton (@joejglenton) about his recent piece in the Independent, on the topic of paratroopers shooting at a picture of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The conversation also touches on reactionary sentiments in the British Army, the UK’s history of veteran activism, and the strange ways in which people convince themselves to forget the truth...


We Can’t Afford It (Unless It’s Racism)

It’s been something of a banner week for dumb military and veteran news. For starters, a scandal emerged in Nate’s adopted home of Britain after a video showed British Army paratroopers happily shooting a portrait of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2019/apr/06/british-army-chief-addresses-claims-of-unacceptable-conduct-by-soldiers-video We also discuss a news story in which Marine Corps general officers complain to the press that Trump’s raiding...


Just Say No (to Mayor Pete and Joe Biden)

Rumor has it that leftist politics podcasts only exist to rip on Democrats. Well, that’s only half-true: we rip on right-wing politicians all day long, but we know that they’re fascists and plutocrats. Democrats, on the other hand, are supposed to be on our side -- hence our desire to actually elect people who represent our desires. And in that vein, we’re discussing Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden. Guess what? They’re bad. We’re greatly indebted to friend of the show Nathan J. Robinson, whose...


Pacifism Does Not Mean Constantly Getting Owned feat. Nathan J. Robinson

This week, we speak with Current Affairs (@curaffairs) Editor-in-Chief Nathan J. Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) about pacifism: why it’s so maligned in popular discourse, and why a horror of war and violence is a necessary thing in our violence-saturated era. Nathan recently published a piece on the topic of pacifism and the memoirs of Vera Brittain, which you can read here: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/03/the-importance-of-pacifism You can access Vera Brittain’s ‘Testament of Youth’...


Teen Antifa Fan Club

In the aftermath of the tragic and horrendous massacres in New Zealand, we witnessed what you might describe as performative innocence on the part of people who traffic in Islamophobia. However, some young heroes were not having it — yes, we’re talking about Egg Boy and Leen Dweik, two beacons of hope in an otherwise garbage discourse. This week, Francis and Nate discuss why it’s good to confront public figures and terrible politicians, whether it’s speaking to them sternly (in Chelsea...


Solving Problems by Adding More Lieutenants: The Army Way

This week, Francis and Nate discuss two new military-related stories that will likely bring comically unintended consequences. First, the Army intends to assign lieutenants to basic training units as platoon leaders. Which lieutenants? Well, all of them: pre-basic-course, post-basic-course, and post-platoon-leader, all of which sounds like a good (read: bad) idea. That story is available here: ...