The new Frontline Forum should be quite interesting.
The Frontline Forum is an alternative channel for compelling stories from those now wearing boots and carrying rifles and not comments or those endlessly forwarded unattributed “true” stories that always seem airbrushed. This is a place for those deployed in harm’s way to tell real stories about the ground situation.
Our goal is for frontline information to break through and be heard. We hope that over time, a more comprehensive and accurate picture of what is happening on the ground can emerge.
This virtual organization primarily is run by a volunteer group of retired military personnel. They will read every story, with the bar set high for accuracy and our radar on full alert for embellishment and operational security. Over 100 volunteers have stepped forward, from all branches of the military, from grunts to generals, veterans from the Korean War forward. They are joined by more than a dozen professional editors, reporters, and published authors, and a team of subject matter experts on topics as diverse as explosives, oil industry technology, law enforcement, computer programming, satellite communications and meteorology.
Not every submission will be published and authors of those submissions will be notified when we decline. Stories selected for publication we will perhaps polish a bit, edit for length and content, and then post ASAP or as the situation in the field allows.
The first story has been posted, and it is a good one.