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?
My son ships out for Navy boot camp later this month and I'm looking for online support resources and organizations to join. [more inside]
My early high school age cousin has been expressing interest in joining the military (specifically the US Navy) over the past year and a half. It's not something I'm super excited about, but it seems likely she'll follow through. Does there exist a book that gives really good, honest information about how the different branches of the US military work, how to approach it if you want it to be your career, not just a short term thing, etc? The kind of information she wouldn't necessarily find in a recruiter's office. [more inside]
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?
Thinking of hiring someone. His resume says he's been a Navy SEAL. Is there any way to check whether this is true?
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]
Why do US Navy submarines operate on 18-hour schedules, with 6 hours on watch and 12 hours off? How did this start? Is there independent justification, or is this some hold-over from old traditions? Why did someone think this was a good idea?
What is the first year or two of Navy service generally like? I am such a planner and right now, I know nothing... [more inside]
What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
NAVY TERMINOLOGY HELP! I'm reading through my grandpa's old flight logs (he was on the crew of a PBY during WWII), and just need help deciphering a couple of terms I see again and again. Both are located in the "Remarks" column of the logbook: FAMILIAR & BOUNCE. Other terms like Ferry, Scouting, Patrol, and Photography are pretty self explanatory, but I have no idea what these two mean. Any help?
How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
What do military people do when they need to store their various items "somewhere" while they are stationed on a ship, sometimes for years at a time? [more inside]
Navy Reservists filter: How often and how long do you deploy? Have the reserves "interfered" in your formerly civilian lives? [more inside]
Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [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]
What can I buy for Christmas for my best friend who will soon be in her third week of Navy OCS? [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.
The son of a dear friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday, from complications following minor surgery. This young man was serving in the US Navy on a sub, and now we are looking for a Navy-related charity we could make a donation to in memory of this young man. Suggestions?
What are the military-specific rights and benefits granted to married couples in the United States? I'm interested in legal and cultural rights/benefits. Bonus personal story inside. [more inside]
Would the Navy stop to pickup a sailor who fell overboard? [more inside]
My googlefu has failed me. How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO AP address? [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]