On This Day … 16 October

Events 456 – Ricimer defeats Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire. 955 – King Otto I defeats a Slavic revolt in what is now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 1780 – American Revolutionary War: The British-led Royalton raid is the last Native American raid on New England. 1793 – French Revolution: Queen Marie Antoinette… Read More


3 Labour Market Challenges Veterans Face

Introduction It might seem counterintuitive, but veterans, on aggregate, make more money in the civilian workforce than non-veterans do at every stage of their career. That does not mean, however, that there are not job search and labour market challenges veterans face that make finding jobs and careers more difficult. Spending a substantial amount of… Read More

Tips for Writing Military-to-Civilian Resumes

Introduction Military veterans enter the civilian working world with a diverse skillset and a wealth of experience, often dealing with heavy, high-stakes responsibilities. Unfortunately, most civilians have no notion (or a skewed view of) what the military is up to or how to decipher military jargon. A transitioning veteran must build a military-to-civilian resume/CV that… Read More

On This Day … 15 October

Events 1066 – Following the death of Harold II at the Battle of Hastings, Edgar the Ætheling is proclaimed King of England by the Witan; he is never crowned, and concedes power to William the Conqueror two months later. 1211 – Battle of the Rhyndacus: The Latin emperor Henry of Flanders defeats the Nicaean emperor… Read More

What is the Marshal of the Russian Federation?

Introduction Marshal of the Russian Federation (Russian: Маршал Российской Федерации, tr. Marshal Rossiyskoy Federatsii) is the highest military rank of Russia, created in 1993 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Background It ranks immediately above Army general and Admiral of the fleet (also called Fleet Admiral in some English-language texts), and is considered the… Read More

What was the Generalissimus of the Soviet Union?

Introduction Generalissimus of the Soviet Union (Russian: Генералиссимус Советского Союза; Generalissimus Sovyétskogo Soyuza) was a military rank created on 27 June 1945 styled after a similar Imperial Russian Army rank held by Aleksei Shein, Prince Alexander Danilovich Menshikov, (reportedly) Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick, and Count Alexander Suvorov. It was proposed for but rejected by… Read More

What was the Marshal of the Soviet Union?

Introduction Marshal of the Soviet Union (Russian: Маршал Советского Союза, pronounced [ˈmarʂəl sɐˈvʲetskəvə sɐˈjuzə]) was the highest military rank of the Soviet Union. The rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union was created in 1935 and abolished in 1991. Forty-one people held this rank. The equivalent naval rank was until 1955 admiral of the fleet… Read More