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Emily Miller celebrates National Coming Out Day at Harvard Business School with the school’s LGBT student association.

Gay Veteran Sees Longer Arc for Racial Justice

All movements must include the fight against racism—and that looks different from other protests.

U.S. Marine Corps drill instructors with the 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Photo by Lance Cpl. Vincent White, courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.

Why Is It So Hard for Some Recruits to Get Contraception?

Declining access to birth control services and education at boot camp are linked to increased birth rates in the first two years of military service.

The author on bridge watch as the Officer of the Deck, 2007-2009. Photo courtesy of Alison Maruca

Minding the Ship

Even with sound decision-making by a capable and loyal team, the wrong leader can make any mission feel doomed.

An air traffic controller uses binoculars to look for birds or other hazards that can damage aircraft. Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson

When the River Almost Took Me Under 

An investigation into an air traffic controller’s personal life in the era of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell felt like a rippling current of judgement.

My Skid Brothers

One small mistake causes the unnecessary death of a Cobra pilot in a combat zone.

Heidi Agostini embedded with the Regimental Combat Team 7 Female Engagement Team during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Marjah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Megan Sindelar

Why Isn’t Infertility in Military Women a Bigger Conversation?

For female service members, putting off children and career advancement are linked. Yet, research shows that military women are at a higher risk of infertility. What is the Defense Department doing about this dilemma?

The author on a field exercise at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia in 2006. Courtesy of Anne Boaden

Aftermath

A Marine reservist recounts an unexplained loss while her husband is deployed.

Capt. Dave Kenney, Headquarter Support Battalion platoon leader (right), 1-37 Field Artillery, prepares to send a squad in to clear the objective during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Endurance. Mosul, Sept. 9, 2004. Photo courtesy of Staff Sergeant Gretel Weiskopf

The Stories I Share

A former Army photojournalist and combat medic grapples with how much people should know about war.

So Much Left to Tell

A former Army soldier grapples with an unresolved confessional to her late mother.