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Should I join the reserves?

I already have a career, but I want to "serve my country" (USA). Should I join the reserves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2015 - 18 answers

How Long Has This Been A Thing?

In the last year, I've noticed more people flying American flags from the beds of pickup trucks. I did some travelling earlier this month and also saw this in Arizona and Utah, but not in Washington DC. The reason for that geographic distinction might be obvious; a different demographic lives and works in the DC Metro area than Salt Lake, Tucson or Portland. But it reminds me of the couple of years right after 9-1-1, when people were flying little flags from their driver's windows. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 7, 2015 - 30 answers

Must see lesser known WWII films

I'm embarking on a project to watch 50-100 WWII movies over the next year or so. There are an overwhelming number of movies to choose from, and I'm endeavoring to cull the list to the best/most thought provoking/most significant (whatever these things mean to you). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 16, 2015 - 61 answers

I got my head checked | By a jumbo jet

Are there any easy to read and easy to navigate online resources for leaning about different types of active military aircraft? I live near an air force base so I see a lot of interesting airplanes and helicopters, but since they are for military use, have not been able to find much information. I have no interest in aircraft that is no longer in active usage. I interested in all types, including transport and experimental, in addition to fighter jets and bombers. My interest is primarily with US but am interested in other countries as well. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Jul 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help identify this mystery button!

What is this mystery, military-esque metal button I found in Southport, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Why is Severnaya Zemlya censored on Google Maps?

Severnaya Zemlya, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia is censored on Google Maps. Anybody know why? Here it is: link
posted by tellUwut on Apr 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Does the Coast Guard get respect?

Does the Coast Guard get respect from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines? Or do Navy guys say it's for people too chicken to join the Navy? I don't know what the Marines or Air Force might say. Something equally contemptuous. Can a Coast Guard veteran call himself or herself a 'veteran' in the way that we think of Veteran's Day and sacrifice and national pride. [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Apr 13, 2015 - 27 answers

Can I shirk my duty?

I have to mail a large number of packages containing electronic devices, say printers, to a few dozen military sites overseas. If I am shipping to a foreign Air/Army Post Office (APO) or a Fleet Post Office (FPO) on a US Military Base, do I have to pay customs duties and taxes on those goods? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Mar 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Is the buyer of my sofa scamming me or just crazy/rude?

I am selling a sofa on Craigslist. Someone claiming to be military has contacted me via email and wants to buy it but they are on assignment. This is where it gets weird and a little scammy and I am not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Mar 4, 2015 - 29 answers

Where would I buy an old military submarine? And are there guys who do?

I need information on - forgive me - the subculture of private submarine enthusiasts. Specifically guys who own old military ones. Who buys and own old U571s and such? Where do they get them? Auctions? Is it legal to own one? What are the parameters on this sort of thing?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Find this movie, please.

80's movie, comedy, possibly staring a standup, all about military/arms shows and sales, like buying and selling missiles at the army version of CES. It's faint but I know I saw it.
posted by Cosine on Jan 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Why was the US Army base Fort Worden named after a Navy Rear Admiral?

Fort Worden is apparently the only US Army base to ever be named after a Navy officer, one John Lorimer Worden, commander of the Monitor in the US Civil War. The reasons why are possibly lost to history. Any military history buffs out there who might possibly know why? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Nov 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Military Tactics in Afghanistan/Iraq

Several years ago, in the vicinity of 2004-2006, I spoke with a former classmate of mine who was just returning from a deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq. He described a technique his unit would employ on foot patrols to disable (he said blow up) cars or trucks. [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Do professional "military ethicists" exist?

Does the military have institutionalized roles in its bureaucracy for ethicists analogous to the role of 'bioethicists' in the life sciences? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Oct 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Poor third amendment

Has there ever been an American case in which a claim of proscribed use of the military (third amendment, posse comitatus, etc) was pressed in response to an action not carried out by one of the branches answerable to DoD/the National Guard? If so, was the military status of the alleged bad actor treated as a question of law or a question of fact?
posted by PMdixon on Aug 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Amazing Men's Leather Bags?

This is my current bag, a military surplus canvas haversack. I love it. This is the bag I'm coveting. I would love to love it but it is Way To Much Money. Where is the bag that meets these two in the middle? Where are the Excellent Leather Men's Bags on sale? I am looking for something I can carry without comment (and will last) for the next 20 years.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 24, 2014 - 48 answers

How can I check an employee's military record?

Thinking of hiring someone. His resume says he's been a Navy SEAL. Is there any way to check whether this is true?
posted by htid on Jun 13, 2014 - 9 answers

When should you inquire about the academic rigor of research?

A few weeks ago I saw this FPP and found it to be very enlightening. Since then I was exposed to some similar but much lesser academic work and found questionable references in it. My issue - should I just drop it or do something more substantial? [more inside]
posted by vonstadler on May 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Do Army trauma surgeons get "recalled" for a third tour of duty in Iraq?

How common / realistic is it for an Army trauma surgeon to be "recalled" to be deployed for a third tour of duty in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Identify a drawing of a fort

My late father was interested in military history and history in general. He would sometimes draw the layout of forts, and I'm wondering if anyone can identify this one. Here is a photo, as well as a close up of the key at the bottom right.
posted by ridogi on Mar 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Day-to-day of a tanker in WWII?

I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 14, 2014 - 8 answers

I have a service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury from hazing. Now what?

Other than filing for disability with the VA, what are my options for restitution or proceeding forward with therapy or other medical options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 answers

What's the best history/non-fiction book on the bombing of Dresden?

I'm trying to learn more about the history of the bombing of Dresden, and am looking for the most reliable (yet accessible) source. [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

What kind of military uniform is this?

I have this photo from (roughly) 1915. It's of my great aunt and great uncle as children and a man identified as "Uncle Vahan". I'm trying to figure out who this guy is, but first, I need to figure out what type of military uniform he's wearing. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Jan 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...

Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Need recommendations to make/buy custom military-style campaign ribbons

I help run an annual game convention in DC and I am looking for advice on acquiring some awards for people who participate in one of our tournaments. The event has a wargamming theme and I would like to give people a custom, military-style campaign ribbon for participating. I see lots of websites for ordering actual U.S. service ribbons, but does anyone know of a place that might make custom ribbons? Or suggestions for making about 30-60 of them by hand? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on Oct 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I make it as a freelance mechanical engineering consultant?

I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform. If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm. My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there. I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton on Oct 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Selective Service Indeed

Guys singled out to the exclusion of girls. Why? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Just how selective was Selective Service, anyway?

Question for gay men who are about my age (40 years, give or take). Were you still required to sign up for Selective Service when you were in high school? They've always made a big deal about how you (meaning college age males) have to be signed up to get student loans and such. But of course, up until "Don't ask, don't tell" got the ball slowly rolling for gays to openly serve, you'd have been required to sign up to be potentially drafted into an army you couldn't serve in, right?
posted by themanwho on Sep 24, 2013 - 14 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

Which Two Things Are Not Like The Other?

I have a serious question about how war will be fought in this future age. Please explain how technology effects the business of military conflict. I'm very very interested if any news outlets or American Politicians are discussing this perspective currently. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbenben on Sep 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Required Reading about the Armed Forces

I've started to become more and more interested in parts of military operations and I can use some help finding the hopefully all encompassing resources available. Specifically how certain characteristics are developed and decisions are made. [more inside]
posted by ACEness on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

So my son wants to enlist...

So my bright, handsome hs senior son wants to enlist in the Marines. I am wrestling with a few things. He has always wanted to join the military so this was not unexpected. What is unexpected is 1) he always wanted to join the Army 2) he always wanted to do ROTC. Now he has been online with some military forums and he has decided he really wants to be on the ground doing engineering stuff (he’s thinking electrical engineering). He’s met with the recruiter, we’ve met with the recruiter and all sounds good. But I am having a hard time as a mom getting over the change of plan, enlisted vs officer, also the Marines vs any other military branch. I think of Marines as the branch that takes the biggest brunt of foreign involvement - as in really dangerous. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Aug 2, 2013 - 48 answers

Historical -- Modern Military Deployment Figures for the US

Where/how can I find comprehensive military deployment statistics going back to the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Whats the best Headphones for my son who just joined the Marines?

My son is in Camp Pendleton in Boot Camp right now for the Marines. I'm thinking I want to buy him some awesome high quality over the ear headphones that sound great and can take a beating(because they will). A warranty would be great. What are some good sounding Marine proof Headphones. These will take lots of Abuse. He's not too picky, but I want something that will last him the next 4 years, and he can use for his music, videos, and Skypeing back home. I'm looking to spend under $200.00, that is my budget..(He graduates Sept 6th, so any advice would be awesome)
posted by highgene on Jun 23, 2013 - 21 answers

Moving to Denver, know nothing west of the Mississippi. Help!

I'm moving to Denver... soon! Aside from one awesome week in San Francisco, I've never even been west of the Mississippi. Help this Georgia girl find a place to love. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 15, 2013 - 11 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

Question for Military men, and spouses/girlfriends

I am dating a special ops military man and am new to this military lifestyle... My father was in the Army so I do know the difficulties and strength it requires to be involving in this lifestyle but there are some things that I want to understand more. Instead of bombarding him with questions and adding to his stress, I thought I could find some answers and support on here from those men that have been in this situation, and the women who have supported these men. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Apr 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Must have been one helluva loan

In a nutshell; how much does the USA owe for "debt incurred in past wars", are there easy to understand figures for which wars specifically, and who does it owe it to? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Does anyone have this car radio, and know how to set it to 24-hour time?

I figured out years ago how to change my Jeep's clock to 24-hour/military time. Recently the battery was disconnected and the clock reverted back to regular time, and I cannot figure out how to switch it back to 24-hour time. Does anyone know how to do this? [more inside]
posted by herzogbr on Mar 6, 2013 - 5 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

Any good depictions of Women in the military/police service?

Just wondering if anyone knew of some depictions of women (either TV or film) in uniformed roles that pass the Bechdel test. Bechdel test being where two named women have a conversation about something other than a man. I'm racking my brain but can't think of any.
posted by Saebrial on Feb 24, 2013 - 47 answers

Should I join the Air Force if I want to break into Diplomacy/Intel?

I am 27 years old, and now considering whether I should join the Air Force on an intelligence track in order to improve my chances of getting a job at State, or just improving my career options in general. Is this a wise decision? [more inside]
posted by masterisosceles on Feb 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Possible long distance relationship with military man....advice

Hoping for advice, encouragement, discouragement, honesty, etc. I just ended a marriage (shy of one year) last year and am newly single as of four months, I was in a 6 year relationship which ended because I realized my ex was not faithful and continued to question our marriage. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Can't find pictures of army that reveal progressively more information

I want to use this image for a critical thinking exercise in my classroom. I once saw a series of images that depict, what I remember to be a series of images that reveal more information as the frame pans backwards. But I can no longer find it. [more inside]
posted by swimbikerun on Jan 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Military Ball

In a couple months I have to attend my first ever military ball. I do not know much in the way of social expectations of such an event, I guess I'm just supposed to go and look pretty.. which leads to the real question, What do I wear!!!? . Or how I should dress exactly, what are the "norms"...
posted by misformiche on Jan 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find this officer's uniform from the 1955 movie "French Cancan"?

There's a character in the 1955 movie "French Cancan" who wears a very fancy uniform. He wears a light blue double-breasted jacket with white braid and bright red pants with stripes on the sides. I think it is some kind of old fashioned military dress uniform. You can see the outfit 0.26 seconds into the trailer (warning:there are 26 seconds of cancan dancing first). My question is: (1) What sort of uniform was this? Or is it just a costume they made up for the movie? (2) Where/how could a modern person most affordably get a similar outfit of sufficiently good quality to wear around town at fancy occasions that are not Halloween?
posted by steinwald on Jan 13, 2013 - 9 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

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