Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
Embedded journalists play a critical role in relaying the experience of a combat soldier to the American public. Most soldiers do not have the maturity or the writing proficiency to tell their own stories. Embedded journalists have both the maturity and the training to tell these stories. This paper reviews war narratives written by a soldier and an embedded journalist and finds that embedded journalists have similar experiences in combat to soldiers, and these experiences lead to comparable reactions to combat.