Does US Marine Corps Infantry Training Reduce the TNF-α Stress Response induced by an Acute Bout of Exercise?

Research Paper Title TNF-α Stress Response Is Reduced Following Load Carriage Training Background Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) is a potent pro-inflammatory cytokine involved in the acute phase stress response. The genetic variant, rs1800629, is located in the promoter region of the TNF-α gene and has been shown to affect the production of TNF-α. The purpose… Read More


Is There an Association Between Dietary Supplement Use & ICD-9-CM Code Classification in Active Duty US Navy & Marine Corps Service Members?

Research Paper Title Association Between Dietary Supplement Use and ICD-9-CM Code Classification in Active Duty US Navy and Marine Corps Service Members. Background This study is the first, to the knowledge of the researchers, to examine associations of survey-reported dietary supplement use with medical record diagnoses, rather than retrospective self-reported supplement use at the time… Read More

Being Surrounded…

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time.” General Lewis B. Puller (1898 to 1971) Lewis Burwell ‘Chesty’ Puller was a Lieutenant General in the US Marine Corps who fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua and, as a… Read More

PTSD & Other Mental Health Conditions Among US Soldiers & Marines, 2001-2011

Research Paper Title Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and Any Mental Health Condition Among U.S. Soldiers and Marines, 2001-2011. Background Understanding mental health disorder diagnosis and treatment seeking among active-duty military personnel is a topic with both clinical and policy implications. It has been well documented in military populations that individual-level… Read More

What Matters? Ready vs Winning…

“Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.” Victor H. Krulak (1913 to 2008) Victor Harold “Brute” Krulak was a Lieutenant General of the US Marine Corps who saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Krulak was considered a visionary by fellow Marines, was the author of… Read More

COIN Operations: Not Just for Infantry Officers!

Research Paper Title Civil Engineer Corps Expeditionary Officership Course. Thesis Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations will require that all officers, regardless of military occupational specialty, be prepared to lead across the entire spectrum of conflict. Discussion Traditional geographic boundaries associated with conventional warfare are not applicable in COIN operations. Combat and stability operations efforts are intertwined in a COIN… Read More

Flies & Sledgehammers…

“Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.” Another variation: “Sometimes killing a fly with a sledge hammer is entirely appropriate. It doesn’t make the fly any more dead, but the rest of the flies sure sit up and take notice.” I.L. Holdridge Holdridge, aka Major H, was a Major… Read More