Zero Blog Thirty
Summary: Zero Blog Thirty is a military podcast presented by Barstool Sports that's listenable for the most crusty of veterans, the bootest of boots, or people who have never touched a weapon in their life. Through the eyes of enlisted Marines and a West Point trained officer, Zero Blog Thirty is like sitting at the online-bar of the VFW and having a virtual cold one with your buddies.
ROUND 1: It looks like a lot of military personnel are not puff-puff-passing their piss tests & studies are showing a big increase in marijuana use among troops in states where it's legal.ROUND 2: Russians take over a hastily abandoned US military base in Syria and find our secret cache of dick drawings.ROUND 3: The Chaps family took in a kitten we found in our back yard this week, so we're gonna talk about the pets our listener's units took in on deployments. ROUND 4: Our pal Kyle Carpenter came to Barstool HQ to chat with us about his new book, doing a pizza review with Dave Portnoy, and more.ROUND 5: What's Your Warrior?ROUND 6: Many military members & veterans participated in the Chicago Marathon last week, but only one ran the marathon….… in Afghanistan???
Round 1: The Barstool Sports Office is in a state of disarray. A gigantic mess left behind by Yankees fans has thrown PFC Bren onto the Battle Commander's radar (Erika Nardini) and that's not somewhere you want to be. What does Staff Sgt. Chaps have to say to him?Round 2: The Army is working on a combat robot working dog. This is betrayal the likes have never been seen. Round 3: MSG Mark Allen, 46, was shot in the head on 9 July 2009 while on a mission to search for Bowe Bergdahl. Unfortunately, he passed away last week. Seeing his pictures and what he went through after that mission was gutting. It's important to remember what Mark's mission was like. We talked to someone in Bowe's platoon to drive that point home. Round 4: Fortnite went down on Sunday in the middle of a long weekend. Is the Army ESports team going to be okay? Yes, the Army has an Esports team.
ROUND 1: Now that the UFO/Area 51 drama has subsided, we need to alert you to a much more pressing matter…. Torpedo Eating Sea Monsters. Yarghhh with eyes black… like a doll's eyes...ROUND 2: We've got an unreal story of bravery, selflessness & resilience from a soldier who stepped up to save lives during horrible training accident. ROUND 3: Holy micromanagement, Batman. This is a hot story about a coolin' problem as our forces in Europe are given new guidance on air conditioning units. ROUND 4: An Airman smashed a world record by bench pressing 551 got-damn pounds at a powerlifting competition and we're not that impressed because we're all pretty fit here at ZBT and could, like probably do that too. ROUND 5: The Marine Corps is getting SOFT as BABY SHIT because they want Marines to carry umbrellas. UMBRELLAS!Round 6: A vigilante Marine tried to take down a cartel all by his lonesome. He didn't succeed but he did get taken into custody by NCIS.
Round 1: It's time for ALLL Navy folks to take advantage of our ad deals with Dollar Shave Club because you nasty little squids will no longer be able to get a permanent no-shave chit. Round 2: Any time we can take a dump on O-6s and above, we will. The towel policy at an Air Force Base is outrageous. We shame those senior leaders who allow it. Round 3: Kate sat down with the viral philly hero…. // Yep, an Army veteran saved people from a burning building, but he went viral for reasons involvin' the Eagles, yo go BirdsRound 4: October 7th was the 18th birthday for the war in Afghanistan. Now the war can vote, buy cigarettes and porn, and even enlist to fight itself WITHOUT its parent's permission. A lot has changed in the world in 18 years so we take a trip back in time.Round 5: President Trump announced that the US will be leaving the Kurdish and Turkey border. Folks from both sides of the aisle are poo-pooing the decision. We try to wrap our brains around what's happening. Round 6: Our deepest concern goes out to the host or hostess at the Longhorn Steakhouse who had to inform guests that the longstanding military discount is no longer offered.
ROUND 1: Military Ball SZN is fast approaching and with that - comes the dreaded fundraisers to lower the ticket prices. We asked YOU what YOUR units volun-told you to do, and the answers did not disappoint. ROUND 2: After 11 years with one of the worst looks in the military, Sailors are not feeling blue about a big uniform change that went into effect this week. ROUND 3: Cool? Ah-slappin' da bass. Not cool? Ah-slappin' da face! We take you down to Coronado, California where one Navy SEAL slapped another so hard he put him in a mother-fucking coma. ROUND 4: Chaps interviews Brian Wood, a recipient of the Military Cross, one of Britain's highest awards for military combat. Brian tells Chaps about the legendary Battle Of Danny Boy in a must-listen interview. ROUND 5: A retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent of West Point is now the president at known party school, The University Of South Carolina… and this time... he's ready to PARTY. Just kidding, he wants you to get up and PT with him.
Round 1: A woman who unwittingly helped assassinate Kim Jong Un's half-brother said she did it to be a YouTube star… and there but for the grace of god go I. Round 2: A study by Duke University found that employers think veterans lack social-emotional abilities and are less likely to hire them for certain jobs. Whatever, nerds.Round 3: Senior Army Leaders are triggered that soldiers are violating the Phantom Warrior Standard Handbook, whatever that is. We'll walk you through their concerns.Round 4: Interview with former Army Ranger and world-class motivator J.B. Spisso
ROUND 1: A walrus defending her cubs sank a Russian Navy boat in the Arctic Ocean. Will Putin declare war on all sea mammals?ROUND 2: A soldier planned to bomb a major American news network, and it turns out... that's frowned upon. The FBI has scooped him up & we're thinking it'll be worse than a simple counseling. ROUND 3: Chaps traveled out to interview Robert Sweatt, a 97-year-old WWII veteran who was an Aerial Gunner in the Air Force. He survived THREE plane crashes. He tells Chaps a ton of incredible stories in a must-listen interview.ROUND 4: Uncle Sam wants YOU... to donate your body parts (once again, RIP Doris)ROUND 5: People are chugging canteens full of hater-ade after a military spouse's Tik Tok post rustles feathers
Round 1: The Area 51 Raid is over and the Air Force Defenders won the day but the DoD still had to apologize for a now-deleted Tweet involving a B-2 bomber and a gaggle of Airmen.Round 2: Army Captain gets the biggest boner for himself and creates the biggest closed door open door policy we've ever seen. Round 3: Private Portnoy, better known as Cousin Mike and Dave Portnoy's father, joins the show to talk about his time in the ArmyRound 4: Jaguars star Cornerback Jalen Ramsey demanded a trade last week. He wasnt traded. This week, he called and said that he was sick and wouldnt be showing up to practice. Who the fuck is his squad leader and I expect to see them both with a chit from medical by 0900.Round 5: Cadets at the Citadel, perhaps the most prestigious military academy in the entire world, are going on a hunger strike over the food conditions at their dining hall. Glad to see these future officers exercising their rights to complain about everything.
ROUND 1: Hey there Red, White & Beautiful --- we found some of the WORST military dating profiles around and we're gonna break ‘em down for ya. Listen in & who knows… maybe you'll find your soul mate ROUND 2: A veteran from PA went to D.C. thinking he was just there to tour the WWII memorial, but he ended up getting the surprise of a lifetime, and a medal that was a long time comingROUND 3: Pull back your recliner and light a cig. John Boehner has a lengthy chat with us and tells us some of his best stories.ROUND 4: Maybe we really should be storming Area 51 because a member of Blink 182 got the Navy to confirm their existence. Say it ain't so, there's UFOs, take your pants off, they'll give butt probes.
Wow we made it to 200 episodes! Or something. We've probably done more but this is the 200th OFFICIAL one. Thanks for listening. Today's rounds:Round 1: Boot Marine tackles the ever-loving-dog shit out of two teens who were fist-fighting. The Marine Corps' statement on the fight is a wild ride.Round 2: City Chickens were taking over a hanger. An Army CWO authorized the use of airsoft guns via an official memo. This is the type of unit people think they are joining when they sign up. We'll tell you why. Round 3: The DoD issued strong warnings for military members, their spouses, and all dependents. STOP FUCKING VAPING. We have one message for you, DoD. Come and Take it. Round 4: We've got a long way to go with VA care. A veteran was covered in ant bites while getting treatment for cancer. It's an awful story but one that needs to be heard so it doesn't happen againRound 5: The reserve and guard components of the military has a manning problem and the Rand Corporation is suggesting allowing some members to work from home. We have questions. Follow us on all Twitter and Instagram: @ZeroBlog30 and subscribe to our Youtube Channel. Just search for Zero Blog Thirty in the search bar.
On this very special edition of ZBT we are joined by Brigadier General Don Bolduc. Bolduc led the first units into Afghanistan in the months after 9/11, and did so on horseback. He's also running for Senate in the state of New Hampshire. In the interview we touch on the Afghanistan War, leadership principles, defeating the mental health stigma, and so much more.
ROUND 1: The news that the Taliban were going to meet with Trump at Camp David the day before 9/11 caused a firestorm, but now the talks have stalled & they're not meeting at allROUND 2: The Army has launched an inquiry into how a teen with autism and arm disorders was recruitedROUND 3: General McCraven's Lessons In LeadershipROUND 4: ISIS is using cows as suicide bombers but I hate that term because these beautiful beautiful cows dont have a choice in the matter. They are murder bombers.ROUND 5: Does the term “If it ain't rainin', we ain't trainin'” make you roll your eyes a little? We get into a little PT talk with a poll from the ZBT twitterverse. ROUND 6: With the 18th anniversary of September 11th this week we'll be closing out the show by re-playing an interview we recorded last year with our co-worker Large. He lost his father-in-law in the attacks, and we're so grateful he shared his story with us.
ROUND 1: Scientists want to inject night vision straight into troops' eyeballs. Should every troop be a bionic robot hero? Many are saying yes. ROUND 2: The Battle Against Fake News has officially been waged by the DoD. The mission? To repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks”. Looking at you Russia…ROUND 3: The US State Department went full Nigerian Prince mode on the captain of an Iranian vessel. See how this strange Phishing trip turned out… ROUND 4: The Marine, the myth, the literary legend, we have author Dathan Beach on the show to talk about his book The EnlistmentROUND 5: In a shocking report, 22% of one of our military's branches is OBESE. We would never shame, and we won't say which branch. But also, it's the NAVY and oh my God, can't wait to talk about how fat the Navy is. ROUND 6: The Trump administration is moving ahead with a plan to divert $3.6 billion in military funds to the border wall, and certain funds gonna get cut so bad they're gonna wish they weren't cut so bad
Round 1: The chief negotiator for the Taliban reported that a “deal is done” involving the closure of 5 US bases in Afghanistan. Is the war over? Did we win? Well, it's hard to say. Round 2: A historic class graduated from Ranger school last week. It included the first ever Air Force woman to complete the course and former NBA player Marshall Plumlee who is 7 feet tall and you can't teach that. Round 3: I sat down with former Army infantry officer and Captain Will Bardenwerper and talked about his journey from Princeton to Wall Street to Iraq and everywhere in between. Round 4: We are going to be working our way through the greatest book I've ever read. The book is called The Enlistment. It's a self-published, completely unedited-masterpiece that I cannot wait to reveal to the world.
Round 1: Were Airmen denied hot meals, indoor toilets & other luxuries as they prepare for the fog of war?! An article floating around says so, and the Army & Marine Corps are collectively vomiting & rolling their eyes at it. Round 2: General Mattis dropped an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. I havent read it yet but Id imagine it's about the benefits of the Thrift Savings Plan and the benefits of using a quality credit union like Ft Sill National Bank. Round 3: The Marine Corps is FUCKIN LIT. Find out how a color sergeant used the element of fire to discipline his unit. Round 4: We interviewed Stephen Machuga, CEO of Stack Up, things get nerdy in the best possible wayRound 5: Just when you thought challenge coins couldn't get any worse…. An Army Major has sparked controversy across the interwebs by using one to endorse Joe Biden in while she was wearing her uniform.