The Half Percent Podcast is a show that delves into the lives of the men and women who choose a career in the armed forces. Each show is an interview with a member of the military, whether active duty, reserve or veteran. We dig into the background, motivation, personality, and job (and some crazy stories along the way) of an individual who has chosen to serve in one of the branches of the armed forces.
A US Marine in the Ukrainian Foreign Legion-James Karp
James Karp was a US Marine (1st Battalion, 3rd Marines) and fought at the 2nd Battle of Fallujah. After leaving the Corps, James joined the French Foreign Legion and went on to be an archaeological technician, working throughout North and Central America. Most recently, James volunteered for the Ukraine Foreign Legion and was in country for 6 months. James also started SV Chasing Horizon a group of veterans who help other veterans reconnect and regain a sense of purpose by organizing short and long-term sailing excursions, dive training and other ocean related activities. Follow James on Instagram @julesduiberg
Determined to Fly, Life in Soviet Russia and The Shadow Game-Rodger Carlyle
Rodger Carlyle was part of the US Navy-AVROC (Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate) program and on track to become a Naval Aviator when a medical issue caused his Naval career to be cut short. Rodger then embarked on a civilian career that took him around the globe, including extensive time in Russia just as the Soviet empire was crumbling. Rodger's career path saw him start and run multiple businesses, writing for political campaigns and getting his pilot's license. Rodger is an author of multiple books, including his latest, The Shadow Game, available on all bookselling platforms. Learn more @ https://www.rodgercarlyle.com
A Career in 2 Branches, Throwing Underwear on Jessica Simpson's Face and Helping Veterans Get into the Film Business
DeAnna Charett served 10 years in the US Air Force and 10 years in the US Army Reserve. She is the founder of Bad Habitz Productions https://www.badhabitzproductions.com, a Louisiana-based production company that provides quality filmmaking with a specialization in working with military veterans.
A Green Beret on Dreams Deferred, Mentorship, TBI and Finding a Way Forward
Nick Allen served 8 years in the US Army, earning his Green Beret. Nick's career in special operations was cut short in his first training mission where he sustained multiple concussions. Nick continued to provide value to his team for the remainder of his Army career but like so many in the military, separation and civilian life proved difficult and Nick has gone thorough many extreme ups and downs. Nick has continued to stay engaged with fellow vets through the Green Beret Foundation and through physical fitness. Check out Nick's TED Talk.
30 Years in the US Army-Special Operations and Writing the Warlock Series-Col.Mike Bennett
Col. Mike Bennett (US Army-Retired) spent 30 years in the US Army and is a graduate of Ranger School and the Special Operations Qualification Course. Mike deployed 7 times around the globe during his career and is the author of the Warlock Series, including the latest in the series, Moths to the Flame-Origin of Warlock. Mike describes his career and writing thusly,
"I plan to write a little different take on the traditional 'spy' novel. Oftentimes, the journey to 'actionable intelligence' is a long, patient slog. Sometimes, there is an elegant solution that is the culmination of rigorous engineering, other times, well, not so elegant! I see this journey through the lens of Special Forces 'By, With and Through' doctrine-- a path that may require a recruited indigenous support asset to emplace the collection device selected for a specific job. Sometimes the entire process takes years; there is no shortcut."
Learn more about Mike and the Warlock Series:
Follow Mike on Twitter @COLMikeBennett
A Marine's Story-Afghanistan, Coming Home From War, Rucking and The Eye of The Tiger
Mario Morales spent 7 years in the US Marine Corps (2005-2012) with deployments to Africa and Afghanistan. Mario is a board member for Ruck For Veterans, a veteran service organization that organizes bi-annual rucks every Veterans Day and Memorial Day to bring awareness to veterans' issues and aims to bridge the gap between the community and the military with various events throughout the year.
Learn more at https://www.ruckforveterans.com
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Thank you for bringing us these historically significant actions of American Military Warriors. Great job. Keep it up.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Following and unfollowing as my taste changes. I found this podcast because someone I am familiar with went on it. I have it a listen. As a veteran myself, it was great to listen. No spin or agenda. Just veterans telling their stories. You can tell Mr. Plosser has a deep respect for the military and his guests. The stories are unfiltered and true. Such a great place for vets to tell there story. Thank you for doing this podcast.
Listening to some of these heroes restores your faith in this country. If these are the folks who will lead the future we will be ok.
Nick was kind enough to include me on this podcast though I don’t come close to belonging in the same conversation with many he has interviewed.
Retired from active duty a really long time ago but Nick’s easy interview style helped me remember so much. Loved sharing my story but more importantly love hearing from some true warriors and patriots.