I've been reading a book in which a US-like military and its organization are frequently discussed, and I'm curious about informal traditions and unspoken rules within the military, like how commissioned and non-commissioned officers feel about each other, how certain ranks defer to one another in certain circumstances, why sergeants are (apparently) hated by privates, and all that. Any good FAQs, guides, blogs, that sort of thing?
Partner on military deployment overseas. What do I do about my feelings on war? [more inside]
In episode 1 of Season 2 of Serial, it is noted that Bowe Bergdahl left behind all his "sensitive items." Someone clarifies that sensitive items are "serial numbered gear that would be a problem. Like his weapon, the laser for his weapon, the optic, his night optics..." I understand why the Army would not want this technology to be in the hands of the enemy. But what do the serial numbers have to do with it? [more inside]
This is a quickie. I am working on an audio piece about Salvation Army bell ringers and I make reference to "It's a Wonderful Life." I know there is a bell at the end when Clarence the Angel gets his wings. But is there a bell ringer on the streets of Bedford Falls (or Pottersville) elsewhere in the move?
In the Band of Brothers episode "Crossroads", there's a pivotal scene in which the platoon prepares to assault a German position. Winters instructs his men, "Go on the red smoke," then hurls a canister of red smoke as far as he can, before taking off in the same direction at a sprint. Once the canister begins expelling the smoke, the rest of the platoon take off after him, running through the red smoke. Please break down this scene for me. [more inside]
I wish to suggest other paths to him. Help me be a good aunt to him! [more inside]
So I'm looking for examples of specific evenly matched battles (with armies) where the two sides were stalemated for an extended period until something broke and tipped the battle. Any era (Civil War, WW1, Revolutionary War) is fine but not looking for wars or general movements or campaigns but specific battles. Hill 35. The Battle of Verdun. Etc. Do you have any examples? Is there a kind of name for this kind of battle so I can search for them? And where would I look?
What tools/gadgets for self defense would you recommend for a small to medium sized woman? [more inside]
I am a journalist, and I am interested in speaking to someone who spent some time as a recruiter for the Army, but since the military is not my beat, I don't really have any connections within the veteran community. Any ideas about who I might contact to put me in touch with one?
I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
Will the government shutdown affect a military dity move for ETS? [more inside]
My dad paid for 200k worth of schooling for me, i got a BA in Economics from a good school, went on to do some independent film production, quit my job with my boss 6 months ago, finally saw the last film I helped produce premiere at TIFF, and I've been re-evaluating what I want to do with my life. (Currently 24.5 years old.) I want to join the Army and become a Ranger, like my uncle (who my dad despises) but I don't know how to go about telling my dad. [more inside]
My brother in law is deployed in Afghanistan for the next 7 months or so. He's in a relatively safe post on base. He has access to a commissary, internet, and PS3. While he doesn't really need things, he needs cheering up. What should my husband and I send him? [more inside]
Just over three years ago, I was discharged from the US Air Force during basic (a month in). It was classed as an ELS, but my code was 2c. I've since worked through the issues that caused said separation, but I have absolutely no idea what I should do. I guess my question is, should I appeal my discharge? If so, how would I do that? (the AF Board of Records says to file paperwork with them only when all other avenues have been exhausted) If I were to look at another branch (say, US Army) would I even have to appeal? (Info I found says that you can potentially get a waiver, but I don't know how to approach this with a recruiter, especially now with looming defense cuts.) I'm honestly not sure what I should be doing. Any help is appreciated.
I think my husband's PTSD is triggered. He's kicked me out and is talking about divorce. Help? [more inside]
I'm curious about the physical requirements of different occupations, especially very difficult ones. [more inside]
YANAL/YANML Has anyone had any experience with people who are AWOL from the British army turning themselves in? [more inside]
Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
Where can I buy those huge American Army duffel bags in the UK? [more inside]
Need suggestions for adding wireless monitors to my rock band set up. I ask the question here because the PA forums I've looked are overwhelming. [more inside]
How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [more inside]
How can I stand out in an interview among tens of other equally-qualified candidates? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for Everyday Carry (EDC) items. [more inside]
In almost every military video game that I've played, you are allowed to exchange your current weapon for a dead enemy's. Is it legal to do this in real life? More questions inside. [more inside]
Where can I find declassified interview transcripts of US Army investigation interviews? [more inside]
Gift(s) for a wife and husband who are both being promoted to Major in the Army? [more inside]
Would the Army have kept my father in Germany if he was supposed to go to Korea? The whole story is inside... [more inside]
As a Canadian, is it possible for me to join something like the Army where I can learn and do all kinds of cool stuff (like what you see in all the commercials) without having to do the unpleasant business of killing people and whatnot? [more inside]
Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend? [more inside]
Will a stay in the psychiatric ward of a hospital for depression and a following dual diagnosis treatment program turn up on an army Top Secret security clearance background check, or is that information still private under HIPAA?
What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
What sort of combat training do US Army soldiers in non-combat MOSs (women in particular) get after boot camp? [more inside]
In the late 1970s the Australian Army made a recruiting film called "The Green Machine". I remember it having some fairly spectacular flying footage by the Army Aviation Corps as well as the usual other stuff. For reasons I'd probably not want to examine too closely I'd like to see it again. Does anyone know of an on-line source? It's not on Youtube as far as I can tell.
I want to write a short, not-very-detailed fictional anecdote about a soldier who gets separated from his unit during a (short) firefight and winds up lost for a few minutes in a Middle-Eastern city, before his fellows find him. This will be just a few paragraphs in a larger story. [more inside]
The US Army has about 560,000 active duty soldiers, plus 550,000 Reserve and National Guard. Why is the Army under such a strain to keep 100,000 troops in Iraq and 100,000 in Afghanistan? [more inside]
I overheard someone describing how he was trained to use his peripheral vision in the army. What's the purpose of that? [more inside]
How did the Vietnam draft work prior to the first lottery in December 1969? [more inside]
Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering? [more inside]
If I joined the military as a potential 68W (Healthcare Specialist), what would the next few years of my life look like? [more inside]
Looking for good thrift (e.g. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) stores in Toronto. [more inside]
What sorts of small talismans or good luck charms might be carried by a modern day American soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq? [more inside]
How can I determine when and where my father served in Vietnam? [more inside]
Are there any institutions that, like the military, CIA, Foreign Service, and Peace Corps (and, I'm sure, parallel organizations in many countries, though I'm a US citizen myself) will give promising candidates terrific training in a language? [more inside]
During the assessment training programme for the Army, there's one specific puzzle that keeps tripping me up; and I have to be prepared for. Any ideas? [more inside]
A friend of mine found an old military medal in New Hampshire. It appears to be made of tin or some other light metal and handmade. The first part is a twig attached to a decoration, and the second part is arrows in a pouch. I put video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlPqFhq6xdY . The audio is from Lost, which was playing when I did the video. Does anyone know what these medals are?
How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside. [more inside]
Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
How much does it cost for a letter and/or a package to be sent from Canada to a US soldier deployed in Afghanistan? [more inside]
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