46 episodes

The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

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The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    45. 'Figure It Out' with Tim Kirkpatrick

    45. 'Figure It Out' with Tim Kirkpatrick

    Tim Kirkpatrick is the cofounder of Condition One Media as well as the writer and director of the TV  show 'Figure It Out' which follows a recently discharged Marine's re-entry into civilian life. Tim is a former navy corpsman who, on deployment with Marines to Afghanistan, filmed his first video of dancing Marines which he used on his application to New York Film school (he got in). We talk about how the military influenced Tim's approach to film and why it's important to let your past military experience shine through your creative work even today. Tim shares on the fundamentals of filmmaking, the economics of the business, and what the future holds for the tv series.

    Resources:

    Condition One Media - 'Figure It Out'

    Show Notes:
    (02:57) - Early interest in film, but nowhere to practice
    (07:52) - The marine dancing video that got Tim into film school
    (11:45) - How the military influences the eye for film and inspiration for content
    (15:15) - Bringing the audience along in a story
    (18:27) - The pitch for ‘Figure It Out’
    (21:00) - When to be strict with goals when it comes to filming and everything else
    (26:10) - Film fundamentals and why tv’s and movies are the way they are
    (29:55) - The weight of the military on creative ability
    (34:53) - Economics of putting together a film on a budget
    (47:50) - What steps along the way of producing the film were positive signs of affirmation to continue
    (55:10) - Biggest learnings from producing a TV episode

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs      
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast    
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    44. Once Upon A Veteran in Hollywood with Mark Harper

    44. Once Upon A Veteran in Hollywood with Mark Harper

    Mark Harper is the former Optimus Prime Myspace page manager and the current CEO of We are the Mighty. Mark's early interest in film led him to pursuing a dual degree which landed him in the Combat Camera division of the US Air Force. Mark and his unit were in Iraq to film the 'purple fingers' which played a role in how he pitched himself to Hollywood. We discuss how media and content have evolved in the last two years and how that has influenced the type of content current and former service members are interested in. Lastly, we hear the founding story around We are the Mighty with cofounder David Gale of MTV. Mark cover's the business models the business has gone through, how he thinks about reaching millions of readers and watchers today, and how acquiring the Military Influencer Conference has set the stage for future growth. 

    You can reach out to and follow Mark on LinkedIn.

    Resources:

    We are the Mighty

    Military Influencer Conference

    Show Notes:

    (02:15) - What are you most proud of, but don't get to tell people about?
    (05:08) - Convincing the Air Force to allow majoring in film
    (10:37) - Role and responsibilities of Combat Camera
    (16:00) - Is physical harm a threat?
    (19:25) - The line between public affairs and everybody else
    (24:15) - How the Air Force gave a dream job and introduction to Hollywood
    (33:20) - Content and Hollywood changes in the last 20 years
    (41:05) - Paramount, a high end consumer electronics startup, and meeting David Gale starting We are the Mighty
    (47:06) - How veterans consume content and finding initial traction
    (55:00) - Business models WATM has grown through
    (01:05:10) - The one driving goal and what WATM does today in size and reach
    (01:15:10) - Acquiring the Military Influencer Conference
    (01:17:20) - What veterans today really need
    (01:19:55) - A closing story on Top Gun 2

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs      
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast    
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    43. How to Communicate Effectively with Chris Ingram

    43. How to Communicate Effectively with Chris Ingram

    Chris' background is in trade and foreign policy, but joined the Army infantry for a profession. We talk about how he has seen foreign policy develop in the last 20 years across a civilian job on Capitol Hill and then throughout his time deployed in the Middle East. Chris talks about his stint as a speechwriter for a senior officer and the things he'd learned about how to communicate more effectively. And last, we dive into the Military Writers Guild, of whom Chris is the President, and why writing is one of the best things you can do for yourself. 

    You can reach out to Chris on Twitter.

    Resources:

    Military Writers Guild Twitter

    Show Notes:

    • (01:05) - Capitol Hill and then the Army
    • (02:20) - What is foreign policy?
    • (05:46) - Major foreign policy changes over the last 20 years
    • (13:42) - Trade as a weapon
    • (19:10) - Why Join the infantry after a promising career in politics
    • (22:18) - How have economic views on Afghanistan changed after joining the Army
    • (28:07) - Joining the service later in life, pros and cons
    • (32:17) - Speech writing and effective communication
    • (39:17) - Best practices for speaking in a thoughtful and compelling way
    • (43:00) - Takeaways from Afghanistan
    • (47:04) - The power to change one regulation in the Army
    • (51:40) - The Military Writers Guild, what it is and what is offered
    • (01:00:40) - The future of the guild
    • (01:05:13) - Book recommendations



    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs      
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast    
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    42. Is 3D Printing Here for Good with Michael Pecota

    42. Is 3D Printing Here for Good with Michael Pecota

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    In this episode, Brock talks with Michael Pecota.

    Mike is former aviation at the squadron level and now works for NAVAIR doing additive manufacturing. We talk about how proximity to the mission impacts the lives of people in a unit. We compare and contrast sea duty and shore duty and how being more involved with the mission day to day tends to strip away a lot of the unnecessary actions have units with more time than duties. Mike gives a unique take on why the Navy has such a hard time promoting junior people that speak up. He has a drastic proposed solution that involves getting rid of the chiefs mess entirely. And lastly, we talk about Michael's area of expertise additive manufacturing. He talks through how 3d printing is playing out in today's military and what needs to happen to see wide scale adoption.

    You can reach out to Michael on LinkedIn.

    Resources:

    AMUG

    America Makes

    Topics:


    01:56 - Hearing about Michael’s date and talking breakfast rice on the ship
    04:51 - Joining the Navy as an ATO and an A school mishap
    10:29 - A changing navy starting at Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
    15:42 - How proximity to the mission alters a unit
    26:56 - Why nobody speaks up in the Navy and addressing ‘the frozen middle’
    37:31 - The nail in the coffin on getting out of the Navy
    43:41 - What has given Mike the confidence that getting out was the right decision
    50:10 - Joining the innovation team as a lead in to a job at NAVAIR
    59:15 - What is additive manufacturing?
    01:07:56 - What is holding 3D printing back from wide scale adoption
    01:12:22 - 3D printing in the Navy
    01:17:11 - How 3D printing impacts defense primes and OEMs
    01:27:25 - Who is hurt by 3D printing today
    01:31:04 - Places for further study

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs      
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast    
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 40 min
    41. How to use Chapter 31 Veterans Readiness and Employment benefits with Max

    41. How to use Chapter 31 Veterans Readiness and Employment benefits with Max

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    In this episode, Brock talks with Max.

    Max is a Veterans Readiness and Employment counselor with the VA. While in the Marine Corps, Max participated in two combat deployments which were formative in his desire to give back to the veteran community. We discuss his learnings about what veterans truly need after service, how to find and pursue what you're most passionate about in life, and a in depth discussion of how to use Chapter 31 Veterans Readiness and Employment benefits.

    Resources:

    Veterans Readiness and Employment

    Topics:

    (2:10) - Joining the Marine Corps and why it wasn't a career

    (06:20) - Takeaways from the corps and how to carry yourself now as a veteran

    (13:25) - Words of caution on veteran service organizations

    (25:35) - Finding a passion for veterans

    (29:19) - Transitioning out of service, working at the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and creating yourself a job

    (37:34) - Deductive reasoning to work yourself back into finding purpose

    (42:15) - Introduction to Chapter 31, Veterans Readiness and Employment

    (54:05) - Benefits offered on Chapter 31

    (01:20:05) - How to apply and expectations of enrolling in benefits

    (01:33:15) - The right way to approach chapter 31 benefits from service member's perspective

    (01:40:45) - Veterans need accountability

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs      
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast    
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 47 min
    40. How to Become a Third Shift Entrepeneur with Todd Connor

    40. How to Become a Third Shift Entrepeneur with Todd Connor

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    In this episode, Brock talks with Todd Connor.

    Todd is the author of third shift entrepreneur, founder of Bunker Labs, and CEO of Veterans for Political Innovation. In this conversation we talk about startups, a topic Todd is an expert on. We discuss some of the programming Bunker Labs offers to veteran entrepreneurs as well as the origin story of the company. We also dive into Todd's time and passion for the political world. He talks about ranked-choice voting and why it's not only a better system psychologically from the voter perspective but can lead to higher voter turnout. 

    Reach out to and follow along with Todd on LinkedIn.

    Resources:

    Veterans for Political Innovation

    Bunker Labs

    Topics:

    (01:45) - What is the most important thing to accomplish in life?

    (09:00) - Inspiration for seeing veterans 'fulfill their full potential'

    (16:00) - What do veterans actually want?

    (19:55) - Origin story of Bunker Labs

    (29:15) - Getting started as an entrepreneur by launching your first idea

    (39:40) - Validating ideas and ability to pivot

    (45:50) - Third Shift Entrepreneur - Realistic stories on entrepreneurship

    (58:10) - Todd's current ideas in the hopper

    (01:04:25) - The longevity of our political system

    (01:09:20) - Veterans for Political Innovation and ranked choice voting

    (01:20:00) - How to implement ranked choice voting over the next 5 years



    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:  
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs    
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast  
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

RyanjLaw ,

Can’t wait for more!

Not a typical duo of ex-military guys. It seems like everywhere you look now there is some kind of media about military life. However, most are centered around guys who did multiple tours as Navy Seals or Army Rangers, at a minimum some type of boots on ground job. Unfortunately, that leaves the rest of us only being able to relate on certain levels. Most of the military is made up of supporting type positions with our own sets of struggles and experiences. To have a podcast where both hosts are former service members from that side is very refreshing. We all love a good love war story, but some of us fought a very different war than others. For everyone who isn’t going to have a movie made about your time in the service, this podcast is for you.

kris10bran ,

Awesome!

I enjoyed everything about this! Such a great listen! I could relate to so much of this. I look forward to hearing more

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