As a recent Rutgers grad and newly hired Intern for US Family Health Plan, I felt compelled to act like a sponge when learning about TRICARE and the ins and outs of the military. As I scrolled endlessly through files and folders to catch up as quickly as I could, I found myself slacking a bit to check in with Instagram and Facebook (sorry boss!). Amidst the posts of my friend’s birthday parties and opinions on gold/white or blue/black dresses, I always look for my favorite hashtag; Throwback Thursday.
I really can’t say what exactly about #TBT’s I love so much. It feels like sharing photos and stories give us a sense of nostalgia and connectedness. These posts frame a moment in time and create the opportunity to share and reflect on the past, which is exactly what I need in order to learn about the military in a visceral way.
So here we are -- the first official Throwback Thursday for Military History. As I learn about and recount specific awards, battles, and events, I hope you all will join me in reveling in the past and maybe see yourselves in a few stories.