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About George H. Bristol

George H. Bristol, Colonel USMC (Retired) enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975 and served for 38 years. He retired in 2013 after a career in Reconnaissance, Infantry, Intelligence, and Special Operations. His combat tours include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans, Somalia and Northwest and West Africa.

HARD TO KILL

Apex Predator animals eat, rest, and move.  They grow to maturity, defend their turf, kill to survive.  They don’t train… they live.  They are – in every sense of the […]

THE MOMENT

Professionals train for one thing:  the moment. Hardship.  Physical discipline.  Steadfast perseverance.  Unquestioned loyalty and adherence to a standard.  All are aspects of training and why it occurs.  The young […]

BODY TRAINING

Physical training offers many goals:  Run a 10k race.  Increase the bench press.  Be the top performer in your Crossfit gym.  These are all worthy, all hard, all good. The […]

ACTION IS THE MESSAGE

In the context of Character-Consciousness-Capability, one clear axiom comes to light. Action is the Message. The world we live in today is dynamic, turbulent, and it can offer diversions that […]

Comments on Preparation for Combat

With regard to the training aspect, I subscribe to the following: 1) Simple is what killing is, whether with a spear or a JDAM. The act itself is simple. 2) […]

EXEMPLAR HABITS OF THOUGHT: THE AES TRIPLEX OF THE EXEMPLAR

  “Oak and triple bronze encompassed the breast of him whose frail craft he entrusted to the wild sea for the first time…” HORACE – the Third Ode Some years […]

BIAS FOR ACTION

The Exemplar is a doer.  An active participant who seeks to enter the arena and take decisive steps to solve a problem or improve the situation.  Trains to be ready; […]

Exemplar Habits of Thought

The Exemplar Path is not for everyone. However, those seeking the path – and perhaps more importantly, those wanting to follow the path – must find some habits of thought […]

THE BREED APART

I have come to believe that in every age there must be a kinesthetic gravitation toward the fad of the day; the mainstream “this is what everyone is doing,” and […]

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