Our friends over at Gruntworks started this as a joke. The response has since dictated a reevaluation of that. They may very well wind up making it an actual magazine (ezine, to be precise). Now, we know the vast majority of you reading this are probably more into modern culture magazines and high quality niche publications, but would you read an issue of this? Would it bother you if it was half serious, half tongue-in-cheek if not outright bulls&!t? What sort of articles would you be interested in?

Kit Up! Grunt Life may be the next thing in quality knuckledragging reading material, second only to beer labels and the backs of porn DVDs.


Gruntworks sources report they may outsource the editing and writing and pretty much everything so it doesn’t look like a comic book drawn by elementary school students in the throes of an epileptic fit. They are grunts, after all.

Personally, we’d like to see some serious writing, some funny stuff, a recurring featured column by The Genius Known as Paul (the guy behind Duffel Blog) and maybe guest appearances by Doctrine Man.

That cover should definitely read “Edited by the Mad Duo”, too.  Talk about giving it some gravitas.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Doc 61 July 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Finding the ever elusive squelch grease for the PRC 77…..or that box of grid squares…Screwing with the FNGs….Just some article suggestions from the old school.


Stefan S. July 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Nice I like it. But keep the man dolls out of it!


TygeRInfantrY July 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Ought to be EPIC! As much of what a grunt does in his lifetime….We eat **** for a living and **** excellence. Who else but US can do such amazing things!


TygeRInfantrY July 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

(Sh*t) edited (P!ss)


JM July 15, 2012 at 1:02 am

Looks like bullet points from my last deployment.


JM July 15, 2012 at 1:04 am

…The LT is still alive, just a bit traumatized.


Davetg July 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love me some Gruntworks. It's nice hearing the perspective from a younger generation of Grunts . . . Some things never change, only the AO . . .


Megan Merrill July 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

Heck yeah! It would be awesome to have an inside look at Grunt Life!! No sugar-coating anything, true, hard-core, with a side of humor!


IH July 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

Outstanding! How to score the cheapest deals in the Hadji Marts during deployments!


Jacob July 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

I would so buy a subscription!


Jinx July 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

Hey Grunt-folk! Thanks for the comments.


We're going to collect and review all of them so that GRUNT LIFE (30 Round) Magazine is built from the ground up around the things YOU want to hear and see. Humor (obviously) useful & relevant news, insights and perspectives, gear reviews etc.

What other topics would you like to see featured? Sound off!


leftoftheboom July 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

You could do articles about how grunts get thier gear together. Not the Official stuff. The quasi mystical reasons that:
1. my pocket knife goes there.
2. I lace my boots like this EVERY TIME or I have to start over.
3. I have pebble from my last deployment cause it looked cool.

That type of stuff.


leftoftheboom July 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

Ask the hard questions.

1. Just how much 550 cord is "enough"?
2. How many knives are really necessary for one mission.
3. Why you are not allowed to touch my "lucky" bullet.
4. Why we name our rifles.

You can get seriously deep into grunt mentality.


SleepyDave July 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I always figured that you should have enough knives on you that when you drop one, you have another available. Machete, kukri, bayonet, SOCP (SPECIAL FORCES USE IT!), Ka-bar, TDI, Benchmade folder, boot knife, punch knife, neck knife, UZI TACTICAL PEN! and a couple of those silly little buggers 5.11 seems to think aren't hilariously dull letter openers.

Because, you know, you never know when you might need a back-up knife.


Jon July 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

I would buy a life time subscription as soon as it became available. Can I give my Credit card number out now? **** just kidding. However, in all seriousness, this magazine needs to happen.


Jon July 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

I would look into stuff like the mentality needed to survive a deployment. The essentials like, having fun to not be stressed, playing fun jokes on one another, and how not to **** off an E-5 and above.


dutch skelton July 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

ever hear of a paper for dairy owners called the milk weed? about half rediculous nonsence yet read religouslyby many, including bored dairy testers and milk truk drivers, even if just for a laugh lol of course i'd read it (maybe the onion would be a better example haha)


Dpast July 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

How about all the things to do when you are at barracks, videos, music, etc.. Dumb **** that everyone does to keep their minds right. Awesome idea.


R3D R3IGN S1X July 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

How about designing gourmet meals from your MRE's? Ha! Don't lose your brown spoon!


Lew July 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I need it. I need it now.


11BangBang July 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

*** ya its about time we have a place where we can collaborate on all the little things that make up "Grunt Life" !


Bull July 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

We had one in our Helo squadron called "Ramps Up" (Putting grunts in their place since 1953 was the subtitle). We usually used it to mock ourselves of course but we ragged on the ship and her crew as well as our command element.


Dave Johnstone July 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

As long as there is a "How to understand what your allies actually mean when they say something bizarre" section it should be cool.


Jim July 16, 2012 at 7:58 am



Chris Maeger July 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

How about a section titled: Blue Falcon Watch… you can add the latest story where a Buddy ***** last struck….


Riceball July 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

For Marine grunts and sailors they need to have an article on tips for help passing the time while on mail buoy watch. Another good article would be to describe the ever elusive ID-10T form that nobody ever seems to to have; what it looks like and what it's used for, and which shop is most likely to have some.


Dennis July 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I'll subscribe just to keep my young ROTC (junior year) cadet son from getting killed by all of you hardcore mothers. I told him when he graduates to just throw himself on the tender mercy of his Plt. Sgt. of course I may be missing something.


Jinx July 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

This is really good stuff, folks. We really appreciate your feedback. It's really going to help us zero in on how best to make this a reality.

Please, keep the feedback coming.

- Jinx | Gruntworks


Tom D (shortround67/ July 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Who was the dunder head who replaced C rations with MRE's. You all really are missing it. Real food with the possibility to keep you up and running 20 hours a day. Push for C Rats you will be happy!


leftoftheboom July 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Leadership Challenges:

The stories we all have about the privates that could do everything wrong.


leftoftheboom July 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Mentor Room:

The stories about those who inspire us and why.


leftoftheboom July 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

There is truly no such thing as too many knives.


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