Mark served honorably for four years on active duty in the Marine Corps. He specialized in counter-terrorism (i.e. MOS of 0311/infantry). He went up for a board which required having to answer several questions about Marine Corps knowledge and received a meritorious promotion while in the Marine Corps. He received the Good Conduct Medal on his three year mark. Corporal's Course was his favorite school. It was about his last year in the Marine Corps he figured out he was anticipating recoil on the rifle range which diminished his scores and if he had it to do over again, he would score much higher. (Pro tip: pretend like you aren't even firing a weapon so that when the round goes off is a surprise.) On a peripheral note, when terrorists in government tell you that you need not any guns, then buy 4 or 5 of them and plenty of ammunition. He's 2 for 2 on 25 mile humps (i.e. hikes) while in the Marine Corps. He was dually endorsed by the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party when he ran for a municipal office in 2002. He re-enlisted in the ARNG in 2006 because he missed the military and was honorably discharged. He would have liked to have stayed in the ARNG longer and deployed, but the VA's faux medical charting made that nearly impossible. (Try explaining to any employer that you can't get your, say, eczema all over your body treated because the VA diagnosed it as psychosis.) He is far from alone in having received that kind of treatment. Having a collegiate GPA of 4.0 so far, he stood on principle refusing to take anything from the taxpayer to go to school. He started Veterans for Ron Paul in 2007 (contrary to the claims somebody else started it, which he can prove), which had several hundred members, and then a separate Veterans for Ron Paul was created later by somebody else. He has held the NFA Series 3 license (futures and futures options broker) which he did a voluntary withdrawal on because he couldn't in good conscience sell managed futures, which are designed for institutional clients, since firms would do better to hire an in-house trader to trade a proprietary account with a discount broker rather than allocating assets into a managed futures account, which he outlined in his well-written withdrawal request. He's proud to say that he never bagged a single client for MF Global because if he had bagged a client it would have been for MF Global, since he was hired by MF Global. He can assist your company in developing a hedging strategy. His commentaries have been carried by sites like Antiwar.com. He believes as an NCO, he has a duty to lead. Today, he works independently in counter-terrorism by exposing how the real terrorists run the government in Washington. He also works two other jobs - one full time and the other part time - which take up 6 to 7 days per week. Since the year 2000, he has spent much of his free time reading the great minds of the Austrian School of economics, such as Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, et al.