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Interviewing military personnel on the war, policies, and military life. How best to find subjects in CO?

Interviewing military personnel on the war, policies, and military life. How best to find subjects in CO? Topic: How to write an interview thank you email
July 24, 2019 / By Jancis
Question: I'm an independent freeelance journalist wanting to interview military subjects on various topics. Finding military is the hard part. Advertising illicits little in the way of respondents, and military bases could be off limits, even through the PR office, due to the sensitive or controversial nature of some topics (like the "Don't Ask" policy, or issues with military life.) I'm looking for suggestions on how to inroduce myself and topics to those in the military, where military congregate besides the base, non-PR ways on to the base for this project, and journalism networking sites and venues. Does anyone have any experience with interviewing military, or are there people who are in the military who have advice? It would be great to get started soon, since I'm gaining momentum in other ways, and enjoy my work! Thanks!
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Eppie Eppie | 6 days ago
You cannot get onto a National Guard post with a drivers license. You need to be escorted by a service member. Also, if you want to interview service members you are technically supposed to go through the Public Affairs officer. I work for Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, but I'm not the OIC, so I can't officially give you the go ahead. A good bet for finding military personnel outside of a base in Colorado is to go hang out in some bars in the Springs. Or the malls. For some god unknown reason, Soldiers love malls. Don't ask me why. Look for guys with that famous military hair cut. Its easy to spot a guy in the military, not as easy to spot a female. I do feel the need to remind you, however, that this is not the proper way to conduct an interview with a Soldier. Trying to solicit an interview this way may get you punched by a hostile to the media Soldier, or may get a cooperative Soldier in trouble with his chain of command. It is not hard to get interviews with Soldiers, Army public affairs exists to act as a bridge between the media and the Army and likes to have every opportunity to tell our story. Our challenge lies where Soldiers are unreasonably hostile (because they buy into the Fox News crap that the media is the enemy), or when the media is for some reason afraid to contact us. I highly suggest you contact the National Guard Public Affairs Officer, if you are in Denver. Tell him what kind of story you want to write, and he will help to put you in contact with some Soldiers who would be good for your needs. You can email him on the High Ground Website http://www.cong.army.mil/highground/ While you're there, let me know if there are any broken links. Its my job to fix them. Good luck!
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Eppie Originally Answered: Opinion polls for US military personnel on 2012 US Presidential elections?
They don't usually poll them until there's a candidate for both parties. His page claims it receives "the most donations from active military" but unless you want to comb though public information records, there's no proof of this, just the claim. They also give a poll on pulling out of Iraq, which Obama did so you could just as easily attribute 71% favorability to him. http://www.militarytimes.com/static/proj...
Eppie Originally Answered: Opinion polls for US military personnel on 2012 US Presidential elections?
"Any serious data that shows what candidates most of the military leans toward?" How about the massive "Veterans for Ron Paul march on the White house" which was completely ignored & swept under the rug by the MSM & Establishment.. ------ Here's a copy & paste response because I'm too tired to type it out again.. ------ The Mainstream Media CNN, FOX, BBC, etc.. didn't bother covering the event which caused 1,000+ troops to show up & march through Washington, DC in support of Ron Paul earlier today.. RT (Russia Today) is the only one that covered the Veterans March for Ron Paul.. ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7M21JlBM… It's sickening whenever you have to get news about your own country, outside of the country, even if RT does have a outpost in the US which employees US citizens, it's still wrong that the MSM would completely ignore war veterans..
Eppie Originally Answered: Opinion polls for US military personnel on 2012 US Presidential elections?
When the general election nears you will find who supports who. Traditionally the military generally and ROUGHLY votes this way. 60% Republican 40% Democrat, this is a rough estimate, but generally it is around there.

Ciss Ciss
You can very easily get onto National Guard posts with just a driver's license. Guard posts have a regular full time staff and most of them are prior active duty. You might have some luck there.
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Ciss Originally Answered: What subjects did they teach in the Military Academies in Europe?
This a LONG answer! And, despite its length, it doesn’t tell you much about the curricula at the various old military academies of Europe, though it does try to explain how they came into existence, and what specializations they focused on. For more detail on curricula, try some of the links. It seems that the first “military academy” in world history was not European: as usual, Asians got there first. It was in Hanoi, Vietnam, in the 14th Century: if France and America had known how long the Annamites had been studying warfare, maybe everyone would have been spared a lot of heartache 600 years later. In Europe, the idea that being a military officer should be a profession, and therefore require prior study, only came to fruition from the mid-18th Century. Until then, officers had been expected to learn their duties by observing and following the example and advice of more experienced colleagues. This informal educational practice was, in its origins, an extension of the Page-to-Squire-to-Knight progression of feudal times. The underlying requirement for “courage” seems to have been automatically assumed to exist on the basis of the officer’s aristocratic pedigree. That is why the (surprisingly few) cases of “cowardice in the face of the enemy” that have been recorded for officers from early times were so shocking to their contemporaries: sang froid was assumed to be inbred in the officer class. The first stirrings of something approaching a formal military education in Europe were the Ritterakademien ("Knights' Schools") and similar “cadet houses” within the 16th century Hapsburg domains and in other German lands. But these schools were for younger boys, rather like 20th century “martial arts” training in terms of gymnastics, skills with hand weapons, and the use of discipline to suppress fear. Following on from those German examples, in 1682 France established training “companies of cadets” as preparation for life as officers. Interestingly, the French word “cadet” --- which is now synonymous with “pupil at a military academy” --- actually meant “younger son of a noble”; the oldest son would be inheriting the title and the lands; younger sons would have to make a living for themselves either in the church or the armed forces. These French “companies of cadets” don’t seem to have been commercially successful at first, and that avenue for military training closed for another couple of generations. In 1751, the French tried again, with a more modern officer-training-school: l’École Militaire Royale. As before, the emphasis was on training the sons of the aristocracy for their destined lives in the army, so the boys received a broad general education plus a lot of Phys. Ed. and sword etiquette. But what really began to matter toward the end of the 18th century was Artillery and Engineering. Winning battles was no longer based simply on being braver, more disciplined and more cunning than the opposition. Now it mattered that an army’s guns be positioned properly and be well directed; and, because sieges were so much more common than open battles, it was very useful to know how best to design defensive walls, glacis and ditches – and how to overcome those defensive works. And it was – strangely enough, since they did not take great pride in their army (as compared with their navy) – the British who came up with the first scientific military school: in 1741, the Brits opened the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, specifically to educate gentlemen cadets for careers in the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers. Austria and France were quick to follow this example: in 1748, the “Empress Maria Theresa” school (named for its foundress), was formed at Wiener Neustadt; and in the same year, a school of military engineering was opened at Mézières, followed by a school of artillery in 1756. The French Revolution put paid to the Mézières schools, but they were quickly replaced on a grander scale with the new École Polytechnique in 1795: this remains, to this day, the most prestigious scientific academy in France, producing not only officers for artillery and engineers, but also for the technical branches of the navy, and other government departments. Britain again led the way with the next development, a cadet school specifically for future infantry and cavalry officers: the Royal Military College was opened in 1799 at Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Later, it was moved to Sandhurst, Berkshire. In France a corresponding school was opened soon after, in 1802: l’École Spéciale Militaire, at Saint-Cyr. Prussia, smarting from its humiliations at Jena-Auerstadt in 1806, converted the old Ritterakadamie at Berlin into the Kriegsakademie, a military academy of the modern type.
Ciss Originally Answered: What subjects did they teach in the Military Academies in Europe?
Military Academies, even today, are a little bit different from universities. Europe was no different. Teaching geometry, for example, had an heavy emphasis on gunnery. Look at what professional military people talk about in their professional journals - try "Parameters" from the US Army War College at Carlisle (PA).

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