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 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]
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]
Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [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]
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]
What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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.
Who can I contact if I'm being harassed by a U.S. army soldier. [more inside]
PseudoMilitaryFilter: Looking for a pdf of a range card, the kind you used to fill out while sitting in your trench, OP or whatever. [more inside]
Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
A friend of mine's boyfriend left for Iraq a month ago, and there has been no contact since he arrived in Iraq. Is this normal? And is there any way to get any more information on him?
Besides the glaringly obvious, what might a soldier home on leave like to do? [more inside]
How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1? [more inside]
Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?
Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife. Ridiculous amounts [more inside]
What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
Please help me find a foster home in the Twin Cities for my very nice lovable cat. [more inside]
I would like to know about the rationale behind the splitting of the US Armed Forces into its four major branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. [more inside, soldier] [more inside]