A Note from Our New President

When looking at the state of writing on war and the military, I’ve noticed positive blips, but oftentimes in ways that lie in contrast to what we’ve stood for in MWG: conversations that lessen one or more forms of writing, monologues instead of conversations, and didacticism that turns people away from understanding these subjects which occupy an increasing space on your evening cable news broadcast.

#RTSW 3: Act Like a Professional

The reality is there are a number of things military authors do which are sort of embarrassing from an editor’s perspective. Military personnel hold themselves up as professionals, but occasionally behave like inexperienced freshman undergraduates when it comes time to submit an article for publication.

#RTSW 2: This Isn’t Magic – Manuscript to Article

One of the most intimidating things about publishing a professional contribution is fear the author will get something wrong, or embarrass themselves through small mistakes. The reality is a typo, an improperly used italics formatting, or a misspelled name is not something most editors care about. If the problems are repeated and glaring, that is different, but a couple of small mistakes are not very important.

Listen Up, Maggots! It’s National Poetry Month

Poetry, I recognize, isn’t every soldier’s three cups of tea. Ever since I entertained my platoon mates with Prince Harry’s inspiring St. Crispin’s Day speech, however, I’ve enjoyed sneaking poetry into the conversation. Perhaps more soldiers would appreciate poetry, were they to realize the inherent poetics of military life.