Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Tag Archives: Army

Men and Women Military Living Together? Shocking!


The Marines Corps has some growing pains with regards to women living with the men in the field.  Any one of the military services are notorious for being slow to change, and this particular change is pretty glacial. “You’re going to have sex, you’re going to have love, you’re going to have relationships, and it’s …

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The Mad Rush of the Holidays


I ended up dropping off the face of the earth for my novel project for about a week.  With the holiday ramping up, work got really crazy because everyone was trying to get everything done before they went off on leave.  Of course, the culture now seems to be everyone waiting until the last minute, …

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Hollywood Military: Turning Down Promotions


Still picking on Star Trek here, though I’ve seen this example on shows like Criminal Minds where a really good promotion is offered to a character and they turn it down to stay with the ship/group/etc. The Hollywood Version: In one of the early episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation, Riker is offered command of …

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Mandatory Fun in the Military


We’ve got a summer office party in a few weeks.  Hopefully the weather will be nice. It’s scheduled for a workday, but attendance is optional.  I know a lot of my coworkers won’t go, preferring to work.  I’ll be attending, for the very reason it’s optional and honestly, no work! But when I was in …

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A soldier and her Kevlar helmet


When I was in the Army, I wore a helmet that was made of Kelvar.  We called it a Kevlar, rather than a helmet.  Like any piece of a soldier’s uniform, it took on a second life, and there were some tall tales … Rumors were sometimes passed down the convey lines during Desert Storm.  …

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Navy discontinues its blueberry uniforms


Uniforms are an important part of life for both soldiers and the military.  For the soldiers, it’s what they wear, every day that they report to duty.  For the military, and especially the higher ups, it’s a way to make their mark on the service, and a very visible one, before they retire. And usually, …

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U.S. Army Veteran and Paralympic Swimmer


This is a great story about Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, who was injured in the war and became a Paralympic swimmer.  Usually when I see stories about wounded veterans, they’re always about men, and they describe in excruciating detail how they were injured and then all the medical procedures, like their life ended at that moment.  …

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The first sergeant, the private, and the potato


One of the events my company always had every year was organization day. Like the office Christmas party, except it was on the weekend and we were directed to attend. For this one, the new first sergeant, a woman, decided that a work detail was going to make potato salad in the mess hall. Since …

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Organizing vs. Organizing


I just saw another one of those posts where an outliner writer tried to describe a pantser (person who doesn’t outline), and ended up making it sound like the pantser was terribly disorganized because they didn’t outline. It’s nothing new actually, but it hit me differently this time. It was on organizing itself, where there’s …

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Combat Doesn’t Respect Anything


I find a lot of veteran articles and videos posted on Facebook–curiously, not by the veterans.  This one is on a woman who served during the Vietnam War and shows some of the unrealistic expectations the military had when they say “Women are not allowed in combat.” The problem is that combat doesn’t respect that …

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