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Self defense tool

What tools/gadgets for self defense would you recommend for a small to medium sized woman? [more inside]
posted by jbean on Apr 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Trying to get in touch with a former army recruiter

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?
posted by Alex Goldman on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

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]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Money confusion.

Will the government shutdown affect a military dity move for ETS? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Not sure how to tell my dad I want to join the army.

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]
posted by sawyerrrr on Sep 18, 2013 - 48 answers

Deployment Care Package Ideas

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]
posted by fontophilic on May 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Appealing ELS discharge with the USAF?

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.
posted by FriscoBowie on Mar 4, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I rehabilitate my marriage?

I think my husband's PTSD is triggered. He's kicked me out and is talking about divorce. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2013 - 44 answers

Physical requirements of various occupations

I'm curious about the physical requirements of different occupations, especially very difficult ones. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Jan 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How long is the sentence for AWOL soldiers?

YANAL/YANML Has anyone had any experience with people who are AWOL from the British army turning themselves in? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Bipolar civilian on a military base overseas?

Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I buy those huge American Army duffel bags in the UK?

Where can I buy those huge American Army duffel bags in the UK? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you identify the origin of this beret flash?

Help me identify this beret flash. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

My rock Band needs wireless monitors.

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]
posted by Davaal on May 19, 2012 - 3 answers

How to best support a long-distance not-boyfriend who is dealing with PTSD?

How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 answers

How to stand out in an interview?

How can I stand out in an interview among tens of other equally-qualified candidates? [more inside]
posted by alona on Mar 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for EDC suggestions...

Looking for suggestions for Everyday Carry (EDC) items. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 1, 2012 - 37 answers

Press F to pick up your favourite weapon

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]
posted by Senza Volto on Jan 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Where can I find a transcript of an Army investigation interview?

Where can I find declassified interview transcripts of US Army investigation interviews? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Major gift for a new Major!

Gift(s) for a wife and husband who are both being promoted to Major in the Army? [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Jan 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Join the Army! See Korea...I Mean See Germany!!!

Would the Army have kept my father in Germany if he was supposed to go to Korea? The whole story is inside... [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Adventurous and skill building career aside from the Military?

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]
posted by dino terror on Oct 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend?

Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by audio on Sep 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Will my psychiatric health history show up in a background check?

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?
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet?

What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on May 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How trained for combat are the "non-combatant" combatants?

What sort of combat training do US Army soldiers in non-combat MOSs (women in particular) get after boot camp? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Mar 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Trying to find the Green Machine

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.
posted by Logophiliac on Feb 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me add truthiness to this fictional anecdote involving the military.

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]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Why is it hard for the US Army to keep 200,000 troops in the MidEast?

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]
posted by musofire on Jan 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can I see this show?

Where can I get hold of torrents/youtube of the Pakistani Army show described here? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Jan 23, 2011 - 1 answer

What is the purpose of training peripheral vision?

I overheard someone describing how he was trained to use his peripheral vision in the army. What's the purpose of that? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 on Dec 1, 2010 - 19 answers

How did the Vietnam draft work pre-1970?

How did the Vietnam draft work prior to the first lottery in December 1969? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering?

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering? [more inside]
posted by spmcbride1201 on Nov 11, 2010 - 16 answers

What's life like in the military?

If I joined the military as a potential 68W (Healthcare Specialist), what would the next few years of my life look like? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Nov 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for good thrift stores in Toronto

Looking for good thrift (e.g. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc) stores in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by jb on Oct 19, 2010 - 2 answers

The Things They Carry

What sorts of small talismans or good luck charms might be carried by a modern day American soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Some folks are born to wave the flag

How can I determine when and where my father served in Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Aug 13, 2010 - 13 answers

I love it when you speak in Language X to me

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]
posted by threeants on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

What's the quickest way to solve this teamwork puzzle?

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]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Jun 17, 2010 - 23 answers

Does anyone know what this medal is?

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?
posted by nathanrudy on May 27, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside.

How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 - 34 answers

Military Bratology

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]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 20 answers

How much does it cost a Canadian to send mail to a US soldier in Afghanistan?

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]
posted by perpetualstroll on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

What is the military's stance on Celiacs disease in the service?

I'm considering enlisting but was unsure how a gluten intolerance would play into it all. I'm interested in the navy but any info would be great.
posted by isopropyl on Jun 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Medieval flash game

Looking for a flash game from a few years ago that was a kind of top-down view of battles, where you set your army up in formation at one side of a grid, and command them to do different tasks. The enemy is at the other side of the grid. IIRC it was medieval-esque, but possibly as you progressed through the game, you might have traveled forward through time as well. [more inside]
posted by Petrot on May 20, 2009 - 12 answers

When were women Colonels first upgraded in rank upon retirement?

Military retirement policy: When did the US Army reverse it's policy of not upgrading women who served actively as Colonels to Brigadier Generals upon retirement? (They have always have done so for men). [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Apr 28, 2009 - 4 answers

historic moment ?

has scotland finally featured as a country in drop down menus ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Getting set for military fitness test

Army entrance fitness test on Monday. What should I do between now and then? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry on Feb 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Legal Harassment Filter: I'm being harassed by a soldier.

Who can I contact if I'm being harassed by a U.S. army soldier. [more inside]
posted by charles_farley on Jan 15, 2009 - 23 answers

Books about the IRA and the "Troubles"

What are the best -- in terms of compelling writing and in terms of comprehensiveness -- books about the "Troubles" between Ireland and the UK over the past 50 or so years? Bonus points if available on Kindle. [more inside]
posted by proj on Dec 14, 2008 - 10 answers

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