Top Military Reddit IAmA's The latest Military IAmA's collected from Reddit MilitaryIamA (Highest Ranking Officer in the ARVN's Psychological Techniques Division during the Vietnam War) AMA! My short bio:

My name is Matt Cameron. I think about, write about, and practice immigration law nearly seven days a week. I have been a licensed attorney for twelve years as of September, and the managing partner of a three-attorney law office in the Boston area for the past seven years with a special focus on deportation defense and mitigating the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. I teach "Immigration and Urban America" at Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, am a member of the board of the Student Immigrant Movement, and regularly contribute background and commentary to local, state, national, and international media on American immigration matters.

I am here for you to AMA because there is probably no other major public policy issue in the U.S. with such a massive gap between the realities of the current policies and what Americans seem to believe the policies actually are. While the other big issues du jour like healthcare and climate change usually touch on things that we all have to live with, immigration is not an issue that most U.S. citizens ever have to personally confront in their own lives. (This, among many other things, might explain why we just elected a man who ran on the ugliest and most determinedly nativist platform in a century or more of American history while willfully failing to inform himself as to the system that we actually have.)

I thought an AMA might be one easy thing that I could do right now to do my part to fill the gap. For as long as I have been studying this issue, I have always seen people ask counterfactual questions like "why don't they just get in line?" or "why can't you fill out the forms like everyone else?" or "what part of legal immigration don't you understand?", and I thought this might be a good way to provide concise, factual answers to these counterfactual inquiries that could be useful to anyone who is genuinely trying to understand this stuff as well as to gain the benefit of the experience of discussing all of this with people beyond my immediate and extended social circles. (And to be clear: any and all of those three questions are absolutely welcome for further discussion, as are any others at all so long as they are made in good faith. Trolls will starve.)

I will keep my answers as objective and factually-grounded as possible, but full disclosure: I do have a strong pro-immigration (and pro-immigrant) bias, and am well past the point where I can study or work within the American immigration system without recognizing that it is foremost a function of centuries of historic racism and colonialism. So I won't pretend that I don't have my own ideological approach to this... but I also truly believe that immigration should be a non-partisan issue, and one which deserves an adult, open-minded dialectic.

I WILL NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE OR ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE LEGAL ADVICE here, so please no questions requesting a complete review of possible options once your H1B has expired or if your arrest record could cause current or future immigration problems or if you have all of the right supporting documents for your marriage visa or whatever. I am more than happy to answer those questions--on the phone or in person--for money.

My Proof:

1) My MA ID and bar card:

2) My FB page, in which most of my public posts are about immigration issues:

3) Twitter: @matt_cam

4) A recent piece in The Baffler on the realities of the American deportation machine:

5) Boston Globe story on three of my cases this week:

6) Interview this morning on Democracy Now:

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryWe're Antarctic sailors who just returned from a four month voyage on a ~forty year old military vessel. We played with penguins, watched the ocean glow, burned way too much trash, and fought wildfires (unrelated). Ask us anything! Hi, my shipmate and I just completed Operation Deep Freeze 2017 aboard the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) POLAR STAR (wikipedia link below). We spent ~1.5 months breaking 70 miles of Antarctic ice to clear the way for resupply vessels to McMurdo Station and allow the U. S. Antarctic Research Program to continue for another year. Along our way, we stopped in Honolulu, Sydney (for New Year's nonetheless), New Zealand (where we fought wildfires*), and Tahiti.

Great things we saw on the trip:

Whales eating penguins Bio-Luminescent plankton Stood in the hut Shackleton built Lived through a month long earthquake (icebreaking) Stood in a ~200MPH Snowstorm

Please note that the views expressed herein are our own and don't represent those of the Coast Guard, the Commandant, or the U.S. Government. Please don't fire me for this? Please do promote me for this...




Local News covering our return:

Official Coast Guard News on our return:

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIamA 21 year old Active Duty EOD tech(bomb squad). AMA! We are three VO Actors:

Ashly Burch: Hey Ash Whatcha Playin?, Tiny Tina - Borderlands 2, Chloe Price - Life is Strange

TJ Storm: (our mocap guru) Colossus - Deadpool, Godzilla - Godzilla, Avatar, Decimus - Halo

Steve Blum: Wolverine, Lex Luthor - Infinite Crisis, Tank Dempsey - COD, Bob - Toonami, World Record for performing in the most number of video games

We're still striking, we're still here and we still believe that Game Performance Matters!

SAG AFTRA has put out three contracts: experimental, indie and AAA, that have now been signed by over a dozen game companies. We still want to create dialogue with the companies that refuse to negotiate. We had an original AMA, but there were still a lot of questions we didn't get to. We're here to talk about our stike, and anything else you guys think up.




Game Performance Matters Website

Corporate greed has put the brakes on some of your favorite games, hurting everybody on the team, help us tell them that performance matters to you!

EDIT: Since we're getting some questions that we responded to in the first AMA, there's a FAQ here as well:

EDIT 2: Everyone has to run to auditions, but we will be back with more VA and Mocap performers soon. We'll also check in through the next couple days to make sure we respond to the top voted questions. Please make sure you check out our FAQ at:


thanks to /u/maddking as our moderator

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIAmA Military Role player, or as we like to call it, adult laser tag you get payed for. Hey everyone, As the title says I'm a fighting game veteran and have been competing since 2003. I co-founded Cross Counter TV in 2010, an esports start-up dedicated to bringing you the best in fighting game entertainment, events, and training content.

I also am the co-host of the Excellent Adventures of gootecks and Mike Ross, a weekly buddy comedy-style YouTube show where we sit on a couch and play Street Fighter V online which you can see at

This week I launched my first video course called Rise Up in Ranked Matches which is aimed at beginner and intermediate players that are looking for a practical path to winning more matches online and offline which is available at

Also, I'm raising money for Extra Life in conjunction with Team Reddit! I'll be streaming on the reddit Twitch channel tomorrow and you can donate money to the organization to play me! But in the meantime, if you donate $10 or more today, I'll send you a coupon code to join Rise Up In Ranked for free:

I'm here to answer questions about turning your passion into a business, creating content no matter what the niche, getting better at fighting games, traveling the world, and more.


EDIT: Alright guys, thank you for your thoughtful questions, I had a lot of fun! About to head out and might answer some more later, but pretty much done for now. Stay tuned tomorrow because I'll be on the reddit Extra Life stream and we're gonna raise some money for some sick kids!

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIamA Female Aircraft Mechanic to F-16s (Crew Chief) AMA! Floyd Norman is an animator, storyman, and troublemaker. But more importantly he is an official Disney Legend, honored by the company in 2007 with this title. Norman is the first Black artist at Disney, and has had a storied career working on Disney classics, as well as famed Saturday-morning cartoons, Pixar feature films, and more. At 81 years old, Norman is the focus of a new feature documentary out in theaters starting this Friday August 26th. "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life", reveals how Norman continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65. It's a tale of perseverance, and a love letter to the history of animation, as seen through the life of a one-of-a-kind man. Check out the trailer at, and connect with us on Facebook at

Filmmaker Michael Fiore owns and operates Michael Fiore Films; a boutique production company that develops, finances, and creates high-concept filmed content for the best-of-the-best in the Film, TV, and Ad worlds. Fiore has worked as a writer/director and producer/editor for industry notables like Joel Silver (Prod. "The Matrix"), Jonathan Liebesman (Dir. "TNMT"), and Tom DiCillo (Dir. "Living in Oblivion") among others. Fiore has another movie coming out later this year, in December, titled "Keep Watching" from Sony Screen Gems. That film stars Bella Thorne and "Walking Dead" star Chandler Riggs.

Filmmaker Erik Sharkey is no stranger to the world of documentary. Sharkey's last feature documentary "Drew: The Man Behind the Poster" follows the creative endeavors of the legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Prior to that documentary, Sharkey had directed a fun comedy titled "Sexina" starring the original Batman, Adam West. Sharkey is a born-and-bred New Yorker, with the accent to prove it!

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIamA US Marine Corps Captain. AMA, including those non-PC questions about the Marine Corps or military life in general. My short bio: Hello Reddit! I am an active duty US Marine Corps Captain, here to answer any questions you might have about the Marines, the military, deployment life, etc. I have deployed three times to the Middle East, including two deployments to Afghanistan. I have trained Jordanian soldiers to fight ISIS, served in both the reserve and active duty components, earned a Masters degree in service, and acquired a number of different specialties and qualifications.

Please dont hesitate to ask questions that might not be considered "Politically Correct", as I have no problem answering those. However, my opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of other Marines or the US military as a whole. Having said that, fire away!

UPDATE: I am continuing to get sporadic questions, and I welcome them. I have been checking this with relative frequently, and as long as Redditors out there still have question, I am happy to keep answering them. Thanks for all of the questions so far, I have enjoyed it!

In addition to the proof below, more concrete proof has been provided to the monitors discreetly, and they will be along shortly to verify me. Thanks!

My Proof:

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Military-LiveHi I’m Jack Farley, a disabled Vietnam vet whose story will be portrayed on the National Memorial Day Concert Sunday, May 29, on PBS. Ask Me Anything I’m Jack Farley. I served in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. After falling under fire, I lost my leg above the knee, and with it, the dream of the life I had planned for myself. My new normal included physical pain, grief for what might have been and the struggle to find a new path. In time, I continued my work as a lawyer and became a Federal court judge, working on veterans’ benefits. I also volunteered my time to work with other amputees from Vietnam and every conflict since through Iraq and Afghanistan. To this day, I still work with disabled vets who are amputees, teaching them how to ski. This story and more will be shared on the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, Sunday, May 29, at 8pm (check local listings). For more on PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert. Ask Me Anything

Proof photo:

I am finished with the AMA now. Thank you so much for your questions!

This was my first experience with AMA and I am thrilled at the quality of the questions. I'll be looking out at all of you tonight during the telecast on PBS of the National Memorial Day Concert. It is okay if you wave back.

Tune in to the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, tonight, May 29, at 8pm.

Sun, 29 May 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryI'm a US Army veteran and a career coach helping vets transition between careers. I'm spending my Memorial Day weekend helping to bridge the civilian-military divide. AMA! Good Morning Reddit!

I'm Bobby Wise, a US Army veteran and a career coach for Veterans Forward at the National Abe Network. Our organization is a non-profit workforce development agency committed to helping vets conduct a more effective job search.

Today I'll be marching 22 miles along Chicago's lakefront with hundreds of other vets to honor the fallen and raise awareness about the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. Since that gives me about eight hours to kill, I'll also be here all day answering your questions about the job market, veterans transition, and the civilian-military divide. AMA!


EDIT: Well, it's not a proper ruck match without a little rain. I'll start answering again after the rain lets up and my touch screen becomes a bit more effective.

EDIT 2: Getting into the home stretch and the sweat is getting into my eyes pretty good. I'll be answering the rest of your questions from my laptop at home. Thanks for all the great comments and I look forward to working with everyone who reached out to me in private messages. Enjoy your weekend!

Fri, 27 May 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIAmA former US Army sniper AMA I'm a former US Army sniper, I served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Afghanistan. I also run a somewhat popular Instagram page under the user name 2nd_shot_correction

Got questions? Send it!

EDIT: I'm driving right now but I'll continue to answer question when I get a chance.

EDIT 2: I'm back.

Fri, 13 May 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Military-LiveIamA Retired US Navy Chief, with 20 years of experience driving Los Angeles and Virginia Class submarines. I've been on multiple deployments, seen numerous countries, and I was personally involved in the open missile salvos of the 2nd gulf wa I have been asked on several occasions to do this. I have always tried to remain humble about my life experiences but I'm willing to passionately discuss my time on and around submarines.

Proof: Here's a few pictures from my time in.

Also this periscope video of a couple of the missile launches.

There's also this collection of pictures from the embedded journalist during our missile strikes.

Edit: I have received an overwhelming amount of questions. I appoligize if I don't get to you immediately but I will try to answer each of you. Except the Trolls, I'm done feeding them for the day.

Edit 2: Thank you to all my fellow submariners who jumped in on this to help answer questions. I was having trouble answering everyone with anything more than a sentence or two.

Additional Proof that I am who I say I am. (Very unflattering)

Wed, 11 May 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryHey Reddit, I'm COL Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (the military counter-ISIL coalition), AMA! Hey Reddit, this is COL Steve Warren from Baghdad, Iraq. I am the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led counter-ISIL military coalition. Our 66-nation coalition is working with our partners in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL/ISIS/Da’esh.

I’ll be answering your questions for an hour today, May 6th from 8:00pm to 9:00pm local time in Baghdad (1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern). Ask me anything!

I hope I can answer all of your questions but please remember that in military operations some secrecy is necessary. Our enemy is watching and they would very much like to know what we are planning and how we will fight them. This is information I will not let them have.

If you’d like to receive updates about Operation Inherent Resolve after this AMA, follow me on Twitter @OIRSpox.


/Edit: Hey Reddit, this has been a terrific 100 minutes. Your questions were thoughtful, intelligent, and I hope I was able to provide quality answers. We're shutting down for the night-- it's almost 10pm here in Baghdad. We'll chip away at some of these other questions in the coming days.

However, I do have one major disappointment: no one asked me about ducks, horses, or horse sized ducks. So here's the answer in case you were wondering: Between duck sized horses or horse sized ducks, I'd want to face duck sized horses. They wouldn't be able to fly so you could punt them like footballs. A hundred isn't really that many so I don't think you'd even break much of a sweat booting them all.

Fri, 06 May 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryI am an Army Staff Sergeant serving in the South Korean SOF unit that inspired the recent TV Show "Descendants of the Sun". AMA. I am a Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Military Intelligence Staff Sergeant (linguistic) currently in support of the ROK joint special operations unit that inspired the recently concluded South Korean TV show "Descendants of the Sun".

  • If you have no idea what that show is, be glad and skip ahead. I'm not a famous public figure nor an accomplished Solider but I'm mainly doing this AMA to basically crush fatuous fantasies of foolish girls who can't discern the reality and a TV show. It's becoming quite problematic in my part of town and annoying me to no end.

*Also, if you have an interest on special operations and/or intelligence community in South Korea, you're welcome to ask away.

Proof: This proof is identifiable since my unit is the only one in the world that wears this pattern of camouflage. No, it's not desert MARPAT.

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryIamA former CIA Case Officer who recently revealed my career to my family and now the world. AMA! I was a Central Intelligence Agency Case Officer who served in the Directorate of Operations (DO) with multiple tours in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. I was in Afghanistan throughout President Obama's 2010 Afghan Surge, during which time I worked on eliminating the most deadly improvised explosive device (IED) network in the world; as well as the removal of numerous al-Qaeda and Taliban High Value Targets from the battlefield.

I was in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Neptune Spear which resulted in the death of UBL in Abbottabad, Pakistan. My final assignment was with a top secret task force operating amidst the Syrian Civil War.

I just wrote a book about all these experiences (and much more), it's titled Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

I will answer all of your questions to the best that I can — if I can. If I can’t, I will do my best to explain why.

1750 EST: AND I WILL NOT STOP UNTIL I SURPASS THIS COMPUTER DUDE KEVIN RILEY WHO IS STANDING ON MY HEAD RIGHT NOW. (Here for the long haul guys. Big bag of cat food for the bubbins. Let's do this.)

1839 EST: DUDES, YOU HAVE ALLOWED THE GUY ABOVE ME TO MAKE THE HOME PAGE OF THE INTERNET. HOW. IS. THIS. POSSIBLE. (Bubby is gnawing on my slipper about this to contemplate.)







2207 EST: MOAR!!!

2314 EST: Keep em coming guys. Thanks for the interest. Very humbling!

2231 EST: Say when.

ZERO DARK 34: Still here guys. I told you I wouldn't give up on you. I am here as long as you need me.

0132 EST: 11 hours in folks. Thinking about a nap on the couch and then right back to it. Let's go ten more mins. If I hit homepage, I wont sleep. If I hover 27 me go night night a bit.


Fri, 08 Apr 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryI'm a 94 year old former OSS Staff Sargent in World War II - Part 2 - AMA! I was sworn to secrecy for 65 years and can finally talk about my life as an OSS agent. I've seen it all from behind the enemy line.

This is my second AMA. I did one 6 months ago, but I had no idea so many questions would come in and I didn't dedicate time to it. So many questions went unanswered. I'm honored to see so many questions and interest.

I will be here for the next 2 hours to answer your questions. I'll do the best to answer as many as I can. I'll do my best to check-in over the next few days and answer anymore questions that come in.

Proof: Proof (album):

NOTE: I am not savvy enough on the computer, so my grandson is typing as I answer your questions. He also is taking care of posting the pictures.

Grandson here - the last AMA was under "ossjohncardinalli". We didn't write the password down and there wasn't an email on file to reset it. So, I had to create a new account. We had to do the same for imgur. I have reused some of the pictures in the previous AMA and posted a new "proof" photo taken today. Anything that isn't spoken or answered by my grandfather, I will always put "Grandson here" before I write it, so you know the source.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 0:00:00 EDT
MilitaryWe Are Leif Babin and Jocko Willink, Authors of EXTREME OWNERSHIP: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Ask Us Anything! Hi Reddit!

We're Leif and Jocko - former Navy SEALs, and co-founders of Echelon Front, where we serve as leadership instructors, speakers, and executive coaches.

Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries and fields.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL platoon commander in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's 1st Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. Leif returned from combat as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline. There, he reshaped SEAL leadership training to better prepare SEAL officers for the immense challenges of combat. During his last tour, Leif served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at a SEAL Team where he again deployed to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. In 2011, Leif left active duty and co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership consulting company that helps others build their own high-performance winning teams. Clients include individuals, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries. Leif speaks on leadership, U.S. military strategy, and foreign policy matters. His editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on a variety of national television news and radio programs.

We're here to talk about our experiences, our book, and anything else you want to know! You can get our book here on Amazon, and follow us on Twitter, too!

Leif - @LeifBabin

Jocko - @JockoWillink

So, Reddit, Ask Us Anything!

Proof for Jocko

Proof for Leif

Volunteer moderator u/courtiebabe420 is here with Leif in person and with Jocko over the phone to assist with this AMA.

Jocko will be up this net until 3:30pm Eastern. Back to answer questions later. Leif signing off for a few. Will be back online to answers later.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 0:00:00 EDT