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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

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

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

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

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

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

Help ID uniforms in an old drawing

Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Why 18-hour schedule on submarines?

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?
posted by cthuljew on Dec 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me remember the title of this pulpy novel about a military nurse named Honor?

Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Oct 7, 2012 - 1 answer

Pop the question please?

I want to be engaged, but I want him to propose. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Sep 15, 2012 - 44 answers

Star Trek Combat... not in space.

Star Trek: Where do I find sources about the military ground forces of Starfleet? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Sep 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

How has the culture of the US military changed, post DADT repeal?

How has the culture of the US military changed, post DADT repeal? [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius on May 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Do They Have Queen Victoria as a Pekingese?

Where can I purchase faux Victorian Aristocratic-Military Dog portraits such as those that were featured in last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Apr 27, 2012 - 5 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

Need help finding info on Army training accident

Army training accident referred to by Bear Grylls [more inside]
posted by iz0rz on Mar 2, 2012 - 19 answers

No Free Fries With My Medal, Right?

Can soldiers in US accept awards/rewards beyond those within the military structure, such as cash rewards and such, for actions pursuant to their military duties? (I'd be interested in other Anglophile or closely-allied nations, too.) [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Feb 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Valentine's day surprise for military boyfriend, no deliveries involved?

Please help me plan a valentine's day surprise for my military fiance :) [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Feb 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I leave the National Guard after 18 years, or should I finish up the last two so that I can retire at 20? [more inside]
posted by KillaSeal on Jan 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Respecting elders who are acting Unrespectable (Bar Etiquette)

An older gentleman who comes to our local often enjoys singling me out for loud and overbearing criticism, even when he isn't part of the ongoing conversation. I need a good turn-off phrase to de-fuse his little bombs. [more inside]
posted by halfbuckaroo on Dec 14, 2011 - 24 answers

Texting the boyfriend while he serves

What should I expect in terms of opportunities to communicate from a boyfriend looking to enter the medical side of the U.S army in the next few months? [more inside]
posted by crackerz on Nov 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Is he Bond, James Bond?

One of my relatives has a secret military and/or intelligence job. Help me deduce what he does? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Oct 7, 2011 - 20 answers

ROTC and graduate school at the same time?

Is it reasonable to join ROTC while getting an MPP? [more inside]
posted by mewohu on Jul 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Seeking Interesting Military Stories

Looking for military stories, but that do not center solely around combat. These can be from any military excursion (humanitarian aid, covert ops, etc....) from WWII until today. [more inside]
posted by JonesVery on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

What do BOUNCE and FAMILIAR mean in a WWII airman's logbook?

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?
posted by rawredmeat on Apr 7, 2011 - 16 answers

So what's like in an area of Germany with large American military bases?

How are the relationships between the American military personnel and the local population in Germany? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jan 25, 2011 - 17 answers

I'm a Navy Jack n' I'm okay; I work all night....and I work all day!

How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 17, 2011 - 5 answers

How long did it take to implement DADT?

I'm curious: how long did it take to implement DADT? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jan 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I take the camera out of an iphone?

Quick and simple. Will my iPhone still work when I take the camera out? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Dec 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Mystery object in military photo?

Mystery object in military photo? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Nov 28, 2010 - 19 answers

War Film + Broken Telephone

I'm looking for examples of scenes in war films where soldiers are lost or isolated and a faulty field phone (or other non-dependable instrument of communication) gives them their hope of being rescued or relieved. I am especially interested in films that were shot before WW2, if at all possible.... but later examples are also welcome. Anything come to mind? [more inside]
posted by rottytooth on Nov 24, 2010 - 11 answers

"Vomitin' when runnin' means yer winnin'!!"

Better late than never? I just finished my bi-annual Personal Fitness Assessment for the military and really need a "game plan" for getting a better passing score next spring. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 21, 2010 - 17 answers

What Are Some Great Movies About War?

We're watching Gettysburg, which is a great education in the Civil War for our 15-year-old son. What are other great movies about battles and war?
posted by musofire on Oct 6, 2010 - 48 answers

"Civilian Contractors 2: World in Flames" just isn't as catchy

What is the difference between a civilian contractor and a mercenary? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Aug 19, 2010 - 13 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

Narrative histories of war

I enjoyed Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy on WWII (so far) and Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative. What are similar narrative retellings for other wars? I'm particularly interested in something like this for the Napoleonic wars.
posted by event on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Well, this sucks a bit, but I'm wondering what it really means...

When you were involuntarily recalled, what was the process? Did they tell you right away, or did they call you in from the IRR (individual ready reserve) for 'annual training' and then break it to you there? Marine Corps, if it helps.
posted by _cave on May 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Please don't let me ask something inane...

Please help me formulate a great question (or two) for a panel on Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iraq! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on May 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Asperger Syndrome and a Military Career

Have any of you had experience of being in the military with Asperger Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by jpcooper on Mar 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Oh, North Carolina, How I did Love Thee...

I can't renew my Drivers License here in California because I've been flagged by the North Carolina DMV for traffic citations dating from 1991. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 29, 2010 - 8 answers

What do I call this guy?

Army filter: How do I refer to a recruit in basic training in the army? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Jan 29, 2010 - 10 answers

What to get for a future Naval officer for Xmas?

What can I buy for Christmas for my best friend who will soon be in her third week of Navy OCS? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Dec 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking for books on building military castles (ca. Middle Ages-era)

I am looking for resources (preferably books) on how castles were built, say, why stairs are spiralled in one direction and not the other, or what are the pros&cons of circular towers vs. octagonal ones, or the considerations for putting internal and external defence rings, the height and thickness of walls, or the differences between how the castles were built in different countries, etc. Thanks in advance!
posted by noztran on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Who tells the spouse a soldier has died?

Writing filter: In the USA, who tells the spouse that a member of the military has died, and what is that job or role called?
posted by joannemerriam on Sep 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Sergeant Pay Grade

What would a Staff Sergeant (E-6) for the Minnesota Army National Guard doing convoy security in Iraq make per month? He's married with two kids doing combat duty. That's what my cousin's husband is doing right now. Some of the family were trying to guess how much she gets kicked back to her.
posted by shortbooks on Jul 7, 2009 - 8 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

How do I deal with a death threat I received in error?

I received a FB message from someone I don't know who is a member of the US military. The message contained a death threat he wanted me to pass on to someone else, also unknown to me. Who, besides Facebook, should I contact about this?
posted by ausernamenooneelsehas on Apr 17, 2009 - 21 answers

Stiff Lower Lip

I've occasionally seen police (or military personnel) wearing hats in such a way that the chin strap is hooked under the lower lip rather than the chin. Why? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Mar 19, 2009 - 10 answers

The Few. The Proud. The... Students?

Help me write a realistic transition to civilian life for my US Marine. (longer, clearer explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Help with the text of a poem about the disparity between funding for education and the military?

I'm looking for the text of a poem/ statement that was printed on tea towels (where I saw it but could very well also be elsewhere) about how governments are willing to spend millions on armies and navies but schools have to hold cake stalls to provide basic services. The tea towels were popular among my friends' hippy parents in Canberra, Australia in the early- to mid-80s and were possibly printed by the Nuclear Disarmament Party, but just as likely found elsewhere. I've searched with all the terms I can think of but can't find the text. Can you help? Thanks.
posted by goo on Aug 14, 2008 - 6 answers

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