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26Aug
26Aug

        

        On August 28th 2015 I will set out on a 14-day outdoors adventure at the Still Water Resevoir in Northern New York. This resevoir is located in a very rural area that's buried deep in the Adirondack Mountain range. Since I haven't experienced any serious field duty since I was in the Army back in 1992, this will be a huge challenge. Currently I am 51 years old, and I'm 50 pounds heavier than I was back in the day. Nonetheless, I'm currently packing my ruck sack and bugout bag. I'm preparing to take videos, photos and create a setting so I can make a documentary called "Military Survivorman." I will use this opportunity to showcase Bradley's product lines and demonstrate some Military survival tactics. The only concerns I have at the present moment is that I pack my bags well, I don't forget anything I need, and I make it back in one piece. To achieve this objective I have formed this packing list.

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17Mar
17Mar

Military Enlistment Tips

0 Comments| Posted in h By Kelly Mason

Military Enlistment Tips

- Enlisting in the military is a huge commitment. It’s a major life-altering decision.

- Perform extensive research BEFORE speaking with a recruiter.

- Speak with your family first. - Speak with former soldiers for advice.

- Familiarize yourself with commonly used military acronyms, jargon and slang before enlisting.

- Start with the end in mind.

- Concentrate on education, technology and secondary languages.

- Seek a MOS or work profession that will transfer well into the civilian sector.

- Understand many military jobs, training, equipment and technology often does not transfer well into the civilian sector.

- Fully understand what you want and set specific goals before you speak to a recruiter.

- You should go to college first.

- You should enlist for the shortest period possible.

- Understand that recruiters are highly trained salespeople.

- Only speak with a recruiter in the presence of friends and family.

- Give your ASVAB and Physical Fitness testing your best effort.

- Don’t assume anything will take place after you enlist.

- Get all promises and negotiated issues in writing.

- Delay the process, and don’t allow yourself to be pressured.

- Read all paperwork at home before signing anything. Allow yourself a cool down period.

- After signing any paperwork keep and safeguard all copies.

       Enlisting in the military is a huge commitment. If you want to excel as a professional soldier it will require commitment and sacrifice. Therefore, you need to understand what you are sacrificing before you enlist, and you need to understand you are preparing to make a huge commitment.

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05Feb
05Feb

Welcome to Fort Drum

0 Comments| Posted in h By Kelly Mason

Welcome to Ft. Drum


From the Locals of the North Country



            So you are coming to Ft. Drum in the near future? Well welcome to Northern New York! I have more good news, there’s a good chance you’re going to love it! The greater Ft. Drum region has much to offer you. Allow me to list some of the attractions you will enjoy:

  • Major Tourist Attractions
  • City Attractions
  • Night Life
  • Fine Dining
  • Unique Cultural Experiences
  • Education Opportunities
  • Rural Attractions
  • Seasonal Fun
  • Outdoorsman Activities
  • Sports Activities
  • Wholesome Local Traditions
  • Modern Military Facilities



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26Nov
26Nov

Take Care of Our Soldiers: Part II

0 Comments| Posted in h By Kelly Mason

“Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, this Nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely.”

-Lane Evans

 

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”

 

-Clara Barton

“Every American soldier wants as much public support as he can possibly have. We fight better knowing that our people back home support us, back us, and understand what we're doing. It's hugely important.”

-John Abizaid

 

Take Care of Soldiers Part II

           In my last article I expressed there is a very real need to protect our soldiers from any source that seeks to exploit our sons and daughters for economic gain. I pointed out examples of how our government can erode a soldier’s personal income by allowing underfunded mandates and inflation to take place. I provided one example of how local law enforcement has targeted soldiers in the past using ticketing as a source of revenue. I provided several examples of how predatory companies target soldiers using unscrupulous business practices, and how parasitic individuals often look at soldiers as an easy mark.

          As I brought up this disturbing information I also went on to state there’s no need to become overly cynical. Although there are dark forces that try to prey on our soldiers, there are significantly more people and organizations that are looking out for the troops. I suggested that AUSA (Association of the United States Army) and the private companies that support this noble cause is a good example that demonstrates how much people care. Allow me to expand my thoughts about AUSA and how it benefits the average soldier.

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29Jul
29Jul

 

Financial Tips for Soldiers


Part IV

Financial Tips for Soliders

 In my past articles I have advocated that soldiers should start a savings plan that focuses on index funds, and they should work towards a long range goal of purchasing rental properties.  I’m sure many people may think this sounds too simple to be true, and in some respects they’re right.  To reach your long term goals you will need a well-defined strategy.  Allow me to elaborate on this subject.


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02May
02May

Industry Expert Thoughts

 

John, Bradley’s is striving to give our audience inside information about the military retail industry.  We want to help our readers become informed customers.  Before we begin discussing issues surrounding our industry, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is John Ottaviano, and I’m the Director of Sales & Marketing at Rothco.  I’ve been at Rothco for 25 years as of last month, supplying retailers around the globe with military and outdoor clothing and accessories.  Previous to working at Rothco, I spent a number of years as a district manager for a regional discount chain, so I know retail by both sides of the fence, and I have a pretty good understanding of the challenges today’s retailers face.

What are the biggest changes you have witnessed in the military retail industry?  Tell me about the opportunities that exist in the military retail industry.

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23Apr
23Apr

A Must for Motorcycles

0 Comments| Posted in h By Kelly Mason

WHY DO YOU ENJOY MOTORCYCLING? 

 


The Motorcycle Safety Foundation states that one of the things that motorcyclists enjoy most is the freedom of riding in the open air.  Everyone who has ever done so would agree: there is absolutely nothing like it. 

 

However, there are several possible drawbacks to riding in the open air whether on a motorcycle, four wheeler, snowboard  or skis. 

Hot or cold weather, raining, insect, debris or dust pelting you in the face can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable.  Personally, when I am driving a four wheeler, I hate the amount of dust blowing in my face. 

One piece of clothing that was developed to help protect the face from all of the above is the Neoprene Face Masks.

Some important benefits include:

Great protection while riding motorcycles, four wheelers, etc

Covering your face and ears during cold weather

Water resistant qualities help keep you dry in wet weather/rain

The fact that the materials are stretchy and they use velcro fastening helps secure the mask to your face tightly.

The vent holes in the face mask enables you to breathe easily

The Neoprene material is thin enough to be comfortable, but thick enough to help prevent surface injuries

In order to help keep our riders safe, Bradleys stocks a wide variety of full and half face neoprene face masks.  Not only are they functional, but they're unique and fun as well.  Some of our most popular styles that we have to offer include various colors of skulls (including glow in the dark!), evil clown, vampire, crash test dummy and many, many more.


Visit our Facebook page or go to Youtube to see our video on our full face and half face masks HERE

You may browse our full selection or order these on line at our Web Store by clicking HERE or call 1-800-503-4954 to order or inquire about these or any of the other items we carry.









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14Apr
14Apr

 

Insider's Secrets  

About Military Surplus


Introduction:

 

                In the real estate industry many people promote the message; "Location, location, location!"  In the military surplus industry we focus on; "Condition, condition, condition." This a repetitive phrase that reinforces the message that condition is of the utmost importance for YOU as a customer.  The most educated customers will always want to buy the best quality surplus products that are reasonably priced.  To help you achieve this objective, I am prepared to provide you with my 22 years of military retailing experience and other insider's secrets.


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17Jun
17Jun

What's going on in the store this week? Are there any deals? Do androids dream of electric sheep? Most of these answers within, and more!

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29May
29May

Weekly Update - May 29th, 2013

0 Comments| Posted in h By Thomas Cain

Greetings!


If you’ve been with us over the years, then you know we are constantly looking for ways to improve your experience with our business. In the past four years, we’ve been through two different design changes. The first was a huge step forward from our beginning attempt at web commerce, intro...

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