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Some popular military blogs and some of the authors’ thoughts:

¶ 365 and a Wakeup:

¶ A Soldier’s Perspective:

"What I was reading in the media and what I experienced [in the military] were two completely different worlds. Today, my purpose is educate my readers on what really happens in the military and put the ‘fire and forget’ sensationalist news stories into a bit more perspective. My aim is to show the honorable side of military service in the hopes that people can judge for themselves that soldiers aren’t robots or mindless killers."— 1st Sgt. C.J. Grisham, U.S. Army, Huntsville, Ala.

¶ Blackfive:

¶ Afghanistan Without a Clue:

¶ One Marine’s View:

¶ The Mudville Gazette:

¶ From My Position … On the Way!:

"The ideas of clamping down on blogging, of restricting free speech, of trying to ‘approve’ everything written, tends to stifle the initiative of those who can tell the Army’s story while telling their personal story. We can sell the Army better than any TV ad because people have always been interested in what soldiers do. [The public affairs office] is restricted in what it can tell and often glosses over the bad news to do ‘puff’ pieces. Mil-bloggers add integrity into propaganda. We tell the good right along with the bad."— Maj. Charles Ziegenfuss, U.S. Army, Indiana, Pa.

¶ Some Soldier’s Mom:

"When my son was deployed and until he was medically discharged, I didn’t use his name to avoid any retribution for things I might write. I didn’t use locations or unit identifications during deployment for [operational security] reasons."— Carla Lois, civilian, Arizona

¶ Wordsmith At War:

"I think the military is perhaps trying to regulate too much. Leaving it up to the individual mil-blogger’s chain of command seems like the best scenario to me, not ‘mass regulation’ by some team at the Pentagon."— Capt. Lee Kelley, U.S. Army, St. George, Utah

¶ Ma Deuce Gunner:


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