About This Show
Mandatory Fun is a weekly podcast about the military and pop culture. Join us in breaking cultural tropes and bridging the military-civilian divide through storytelling and entertainment. The show is hosted by the We Are The Mighty's editorial team: Air Force veteran Blake Stilwell, Army veteran Logan Nye, Navy veteran Orvelin Valle (O.V.), and benevolent smartass Tracy Woodward.
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5 perks that will help you win your time in the military
6 days ago
We did not join the military for the fabulous pay. If pay were the only motivator, we'd all go somewhere else. Most vets will have you believe that he or she joined because it's their patriotic duty. While that may be part of the reason, Blake Stilwell's alcohol fueled honest answer sums it up for a lot of the troops: "At 18, and with my only experience being a sea food cook, I don't know where I was going to go," Stilwell said. "It was either the Air Force or 'Deadliest Catch.'" Referring to the popular Discovery show about king crab fishing off the coast of Alaska. There's more to the salary we make in the military; there are tons of advertised benefits. From cash bonuses to the G.I. Bill, the military takes care of its own. And then there are the little-known advantages of service life — the perks. In this episode of the Mandatory Fun podcast, Blake, Chase, Tim, and O.V. discuss their favorite perks of service life.