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Episode 4: Military gamers – Army's eSports team aids recruitment effort

Hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez delve into video games and how the Army is extending its recruitment outreach into the gaming community through its eSports team.


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Military Matters Review: Military fitness 2.0

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk with Megan Reed, an official at the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training, to find out more about the military’s changing approach to physical fitness assessments.


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Episode 3: Military fitness 2.0 – Tailoring training to today's needs

In this week’s episode of Military Matters, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris delve into military fitness, particularly the various branches’ efforts to revise their physical training and standards to meet the demands that service members face on today’s battlefields.


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Military Matters Review: Red flag laws

Continuing the discussion from the most recent episode of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris respond to listener email and invite legal expert Jake Charles back to dig further into the issue of red flag laws.


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Episode 2: Red flag laws – do they help stop gun violence, and can they be abused?

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk about red flag laws, also known as extreme risk laws, and the implications they can have for gun owners.


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Military Matters Review: Cannabis

Looking back at the inaugural episode of Military Matters, hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez discuss the response it has received, misconceptions that persist about cannabis, ongoing research and the plant's potential medical and addiction complications.


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Episode 1: Cannabis – what are the facts, and can it be helpful?

Welcome to Military Matters. In this debut episode, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris focus on cannabis and shed light on what it is, what it isn’t, and what it could mean for the DOD and for veterans.


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Military Matters: Exploring the issues that matter to you

Welcome to Military Matters, a podcast from Stars and Stripes.

Listen as hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez explore the topics that matter to service members, veterans, and the people who support them.