Phil Pelletier joins the podcast to talk about his four years in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner. Phil was deployed three times during his service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan.

Phil’s battalion encountered over seven hundred IEDs during his tour, and he takes us through the experience of dealing with that constant threat. Phil also gives his insights into serving at a time when the wars in the Middle East were starting to wind down and what that meant to him.

P. S. Barlow joins the podcast. Barlow is a Drill Sergeant in the U.S. Army and is the creator of the online comic strip, G.I. Low. Barlow takes us through his decade-long career training soldiers at the beginning of their Army careers, the importance of good leadership and mentoring, how methods have changed over the years, and how not to lose your voice after a day of shouting at recruits. Barlow also takes a humorous look at his time in Afghanistan and what’s next in his career.

You can find the G.I. Low comic on Facebook:

Chris and Josh, both Army NCOs in Civil Affairs, join the show for a fascinating conversation about one of the lessor known (but by far one of the most interesting) jobs in the military. Traveling all over the world to some of the most remote and often dangerous locations in small teams, Chris and Josh are our military’s first “boots on the ground.” They must make contact with local populations, assess needs, identify potential threats and find opportunities to assist where possible. From deployments to Africa, the Middle East, to Asia and all points in between, Chris and Josh are America’s warrior-diplomats.
You can learn more about Civil Affairs by visiting their website:
-Instagram: @eunomiajournal
-Twitter: @EunomiaJ

Luther Abel joins the podcast. Luther spent six years in the Navy, starting in the nuclear program and eventually ending up as a conventional mechanic. While stationed in Washington, Abel went on the decommissioning tour for the USS Rodney M. Davis, a missile frigate. The tour took Abel and his shipmates to Japan, Singapore, Maldives, Indonesia and Brunei. Abel later served on the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class super-carrier. After finishing his commitment to the Navy, Abel interned for National Review magazine, where he still writes today as a contributor. Abel currently is a student at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

James Dunn joins the show to talk about his six years serving in the Air Force in fire protection. Originally from Las Vegas, James’s career has taken him from Texas to the the Gulf of Arabia in support of the inaugural combat mission of the F-22, to patching up gunshot victims in South Tucson. James also details his passion for politics, from volunteering for John McCain’s presidential run in 2008, to state politics in Arizona, to now working with Turning Point USA. James is the host of the Dunn Right Podcast. You can find his show here:

USAF veteran Chris joins the show and talks about his time as a Crew Chief/Instructor on the F-15 Fighter Jet. Chris details what it takes to keep those birds in the air and the camaraderie and sense of purpose one gets from being on the line. Chris is now an airline pilot, as well as training pilot for advanced military jet skills for aviators.
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Bryce Morrison joins the show. Bryce spent eleven years in the Navy as a Gas Turbine Electrician and saw the world in the process. From basic training in Orlando, to ports of call throughout Europe and the Middle East, and back to San Diego and eventually Florida, Bryce racked up quite a few frequent sailor miles. The travel bug stuck and in his post-Navy life, Bryce now runs his own travel agency and hosts his own show, Travel Tuesdays For Foodie Fans Podcast. You can learn more about Bryce and find his show here:

Austin Pritchard joins the show. Austin spent 12 years in the Air Force in Security Systems and then later as a Cyber Transport Tech. Austin’s military career took him from Texas, to the Italian Alps, to fly fishing at one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Iraq. After leaving the Air Force, Austin became a Marriage and Family Therapist and a pastor. You can learn more about Austin, his work, and ministry, at:

Navy Chief Aaron Siebert joins the show. Originally from Big Sky country, Aaron details his path through the Navy. Starting in San Diego, Aaron eventually made his way to Camp Pendleton with the Marines, to three tours in Iraq. On his third tour, Aaron was wounded from a mortar round, an injury for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

In a wide-ranging and candid conversation, Aaron talks about his time embedded with the Iraqi Army, dealing with the uncertainty of a sometimes hostile and suspicious population, the round that exploded just a few meters away from him, being read his Last Rites, and the long road to recovery. Even more impressive is what Aaron has done after his military service, working with multiple organizations dedicated to helping veterans deal with PTSD, injury recovery, job training, and all other aspects of reintegrating back into society.

Dave Carter spent his military career in the Air Force, first as part of the Security Forces, and then as a Historian. In that capacity, Dave had one of the most unique careers one can have in the military. Charged with documenting individual, wing, numbered and major command histories of all Air Force activities, Dave was able to forge a career that merged his love of writing with his dedication to serving his country. After retiring from the Air Force, Dave hopped into the cab of an 18-wheeler and criss-crossed the US as a long-haul trucker, “seeing the country that I’d spent 20 years helping to defend.” Dave is a writer, podcaster, and an all-around American original, who’s been described (possibly by himself) as the “Hemingway of the Highway.”

‘Top’, an active duty Marine stationed in Japan, joins the show. Top talks about growing up in Dodge City, Kansas, joining the Corps, and being challenged in a way he’d never been before. Starting in Death Valley, where it was so hot that his boots sunk into the pavement, to setting off a massive fireworks show in the desert of Iraq, to the mountains of North Carolina, on to a 10-month tour on a Navy ship and eventually to Japan, Top details a fascinating career and the process of learning to become part of something bigger than himself. Finally, Top talks about starting his own podcast, The Jarhead Podcast, as a way to give back to young Marines, and to the Corps that has given him so much.

The Jarhead Podcast:

Derick Bosley joins the show and talks about his time in the Army as a medic in the 3rd Ranger Battalion. Originally from West Virginia, Derick shares hilarious stories (and does even better impressions) from his family’s reactions to his decision to join the Army, to boot camp to his tours in Afghanistan. In 2018, Derick got out of the Army and started his own company, Stand To Blade Company. Visit his website here:

Our guest, Scott DeLuzio, served in the Connecticut National Guard as an infantryman. Scott, like many of his generation, was deeply affected by the terrorist attacks on America on 9/11. His younger brother Steven joined the Vermont National Guard and Scott followed shortly after, joining his home state’s NG. In late 2009, Scott’s unit was called up to deploy to Afghanistan. While there, he learned that Steven had been killed in action. Scott shares this tragic story and the effects on him and his family and how it ultimately led him to start his own podcast, Drive On.

Mark Anderson takes us through two decades in the US Army.  After spending a decade on the national rodeo circuit, Mark decided to join the Army at 31 years old. In a fascinating career that took him to Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, Alaska, Egypt, Panama, Thailand (by way of a parachute!), the Balkans and Iraq, Mark shares his story (and how he became known as ‘Uncle Andy’) with humility, wit and a whole lot of wisdom.

“Garrett” joins the podcast to reflect on a twenty-plus year career in the military, which started in the Army and ended in the Navy. Along the way, Garrett completed boot camp in the bitter cold of Missouri, got his jump wings at Ft. Benning, spent a year in the Gulf during the first Persian Gulf War, and held multiple classified positions along the way.

Army Major Peter Doyle joins the show. Peter is a Physical Therapist and Director of Human Performance for the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, KY. From a big family in Oregon, Peter joined the Army, became a physical therapist and along the way met his wife and lived everywhere from Italy to the Middle East.

Brian Anderson, a newly retired Army Officer, joins the show. Anderson talks about being a restless kid in Sacramento who wanted to get out and experience the world. The Army provided that chance. Brian shares stories of getting to boot camp during the coldest Midwest winter in decades and being thrown together with three white dudes, four black dudes, and a Cuban, and making it all work. Brian details his career as first a medical tech and then later in logistics. His career saw him in Korea three times over twenty years with stops in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Washington, South Carolina, Kansas, and Texas along the way.

We interview ‘Jay,’ a Green Beret, for the first episode of Half Percent Podcast. In a fascinating, wide ranging discussion, Jay takes us from West Point to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kyrgyzstan. Along the way, Jay digs into the mindset and psychology of what it takes to become a Green Beret, dealing with the stress of combat while carrying out orders effectively and accomplishing the task at hand.

The Half Percent Podcast is a show that delves into the lives of the men and women who choose a career in the armed forces. About one half percent of the population of the United States is active duty military at any given time. Each show is an interview with a member of the military, whether active duty, reserve, or veteran. We dig into the background, motivation, personality, and job (and some crazy stories along the way) of an individual who has chosen to serve in one of the branches of the armed forces.