our tribe

We are the 2.1 million active duty and reserve personnel who serve globally in the Department of Defense. Nearly half (50.7%) of active duty personnel are 25 years old or younger and are married (45.7%). More than one-third (38.3%) of reservists are 25 years old or younger and less than half are married (43.7%)

This powerful, yet minute demographic constitutes to only 1% of the U.S. population.

These numbers do not include the 18 million veterans who served in our ranks before us.

We come from every corner of the country, even different parts of the world and are joined by a common goal – to serve our country.

what is a liborisk

LiboRisk is a military colloquialism derived from the phrase “Liberty Risk.” Used prevalently in the Marine Corps, troops who were coined as “LiboRisks” had to be watched more carefully and were punished more often for mishaps during liberty and leave. Because “LiboRisk” is used irreverently and is associated to a troops “free-time,” we believe this would be the best name for our community.

We welcome any active duty or reserve personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces.

And veterans from any branch of service, any era and any stature. Meaning, we do not discriminate based on discharge or disability.

The boot print is symbolic to all service members and veterans because boots are an issued item of clothing for all troops. Every single one of us has worn a pair of combat boots and they have carried us, literally and figuratively, through the trials and tribulations of military service. Boots are also a common footwear for hikers, explorers, travelers, etc. The boot print is an interchangeable icon for travel and the military.

The founder

Hi, my name is Jess and I am the founder of LiboRisk.

Inspired by my grandmother’s adventures, I embarked on my first solo-backpacking trip to Thailand in 2016 and have been traveling ever since. 

I served 8 years as a an active duty photojournalist and marketing director in the Marine Corps.

Traveling as a troop is not easy and we have to endure many restraints and prerequisites in order to travel. I wanted to ease that process by fostering a community that educates and inspires members to see every corner of the world. 

I built a school bus into a tiny home so I could live as frugally and nomadically as possible. I embody a life of freedom, curiosity and risk, so I can ultimately empower other veterans to take charge of their life and experience life beyond the military. 

My time, focus and money is is on LiboRisk. This is my life’s testimony – to help others tap into the unknown, grow as individuals and leave a better footprint. 

I am a LiboRisk.