The Scuttlebutt | Season 1 Episode 4

This week on The Scuttlebutt, we challenge some of the most common assumptions made about veterans and tackle the truth behind these stereotypes. Do all veterans know how to fire a weapon? Do all Navy vets know how to swim? Are all Marine veterans tattooed? Tune in as we debunk some common myths, as well as review this week’s military headlines and finish with some scuttlebutt. “Shark Attack” audio clip featured in this week’s episode: “Army Drill Sergeants Launch Shark Attack On New Recruits,” Gung Ho Videos,, October 26, 2016.

Further Reading
“What ‘Embrace the Suck’ Means to the Military,” by Taylor Baldwin Kiland and Peter Fretwell, Sept 22, 2020,

“Infantry School ends traditional ‘shark attack,’ adopts new way of instilling warrior ethos in recruits,” by Franklin Fisher,, Sept 17, 2020

Video: “Army Drill Sergeants Launch Shark Attack On New Recruits,” Gung Ho Vids,

Video: “Warrior Corner: The First 100 Yards,” Fort Benning,

Main Story

“Altamonte Man Dies in Army Training,” by Amy C. Rippel and Sentinel Staff Writer, NY Daily News, Dec. 3, 2003

“Congress Questions Navy’s Plan to Phase Out Iconic Peacoat” by Sam LaGrone, USNI News, July 6, 2017

“Bipartisan bill would waive rules keeping iraq hero receiving medal of honor” by Daniel Villarreal, Newsweek, Sept 16, 2020