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How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases?

How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

The other perspective

Can you recommend a book which gives a perspective of the occupying military force in a conflict zone? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 answers

How to celebrate a major promotion?

How to celebrate an Air Force promotion from afar? [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble on Jun 18, 2012 - 8 answers

rank & file

I am looking for a chart/infographic illustrating both the hierarchy, in the entire defense department (that is, throughout all wings of the military) of the different NCO/CO ranks as well as the warrant officer ranks. Has anyone seen anything like this? My Google-fu is weak.
posted by luriete on Jun 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Military term for deferring decision to a superior?

In the military science of Command and Control (C2), is there an official term for deferring a command decision to a superior ranking officer (i.e. non slang for 'passing the buck' or 'kicking it upstairs'). Likewise, is there a term for delegating a duty or responsibility to someone of lower rank?
posted by maya on Jun 12, 2012 - 11 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

How do soldiers in wartime talk about death?

I'm looking for quantitative studies or other accounts of how often, and in what ways, soldiers in dangerous wartime situations discuss the possibility of death. [more inside]
posted by inkfish on May 11, 2012 - 1 answer

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

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps?

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Apr 25, 2012 - 32 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

Help my family stay in touch with a deployed dad

I need updated info on the best way for a deployed solider in Afghanistan to send and receive calls from the US. He is taking a macbook. Do we buy a GSM cell phone, use Google voice, skype or something else? I am willing to spend $50-100 per month for options. He is starting at Bagram AFB but will move around some. He will be deployed for 6 months starting in May. There will be a period in the summer where the kids will be at camp and will only have access to a phone. Thanks.
posted by MimiC on Apr 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Two Careers & Retirement

Three questions: (1) How many current civil service employees are also reserve/national guard members, (2) How many current civil service employees were also active duty military service members, and (3) How many of both groups retired from the military? I've been to DOD, the Census, OPM ... I'm not having much luck.
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 16, 2012 - 5 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

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Feb 19, 2012 - 16 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

What do I wear???

What should I wear to a business meeting on a military base? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 - 13 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

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

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

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

Did you finish your homework? SIR YES SIR!

What should I do about an aspiring Marine in my class who keeps encouraging others to join the service? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 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

Military attitudes toward decision-making

How do military attitudes about decision-making differ from civilian ones? [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Sep 19, 2011 - 13 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

Staying friends with an ex who may be in denial about his sexuality?

A guy I was seeing abruptly decided he was not gay and cut off contact with me. How can I help him through what he's going through and preserve our friendship, or at least make sense of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Soldier who commited suicide because of DADT?

Looking for the name of a soldier that commited suicide because of homophobia. [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

U.S. military service casualties?

Is there a site that lists ALL of the names of U.S. military service personal casualties from all wars/conflicts/etc? [more inside]
posted by jca on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 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

Shred it!

Computer and/or military history nerds -- please lend your speculations. Was Joe doing mundane data entry or something secret and spy-like? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Why do military personnel salute the First Lady?

Why do military personnel salute the First Lady if she's not a higher-ranking officer? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jun 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Can we keep it, Sarge?

When a weapons cache is seized by the U.S. military, does the military destroy the weapons or absorb them into its own arsenal? Does the same apply to fissile material? When drug money is seized or found by local law enforcement, does that local jurisdiction get to keep the money if all requisite investigations do not lead to the money being returned to a legitimate owner?
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 6, 2011 - 17 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

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

Organizational Skills like the Military - Without the Military.

Military envy: How to get that military focus, time & project management skills, excellent organization and self-discipline without the actual military experience? (From a book or a simple way of thinking about it?) Advice from military men and women much appreciated, as well as any self-discipline guru. [more inside]
posted by Dukat on May 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Dear new friend.

I would like to be a Mid-East soldier's internet pen pal. [more inside]
posted by hubble on Apr 25, 2011 - 11 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

Military Learning

Finding a military-friendly college? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Wants to join the military but not physically capable

I want to join the military but am not physically capable. I want to help out, but since strength and fitness are not my strong points, I am thinking of contributing other services that won't require those. But I heard that everyone, even the people not in physically demanding jobs like medical and intelligence force, must pass physical tests and training. I am willing to train myself beforehand if it's required, but I need to know what I must do and how everything works. Thanks.
posted by kopi on Feb 10, 2011 - 12 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

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

Segregated troops at Ft. Gordon, Georgia in 1950s

My father-in-law, who is 81, was stationed at Ft. Gordon in Georgia in 1951, as part of the signal corps. He has charged me with finding out anything I can about the segregated troops during the period. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 31, 2010 - 4 answers

Captain America could be an army captain. What about all the other Captain (Adjective)s?

Naming any person or character not obviously in the armed forces "Captain (Adjective)" automatically signifies Superhero. Where did this trope originate? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Dec 20, 2010 - 11 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

Does intelligence work impact international travel?

Does working in US intelligence or for private firms closely integrated with US intelligence impact future international employment or citizenship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 8 answers

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