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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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"...
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?
I think my husband's PTSD is triggered. He's kicked me out and is talking about divorce. Help? [more inside]
Help me identify this item: backpack, military, olive drab. Bonus points for finding one in the wild that I can buy. [more inside]
Issues with supporting a friend in court for divorce [more inside]
Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [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?
Enlisted Soldier has stopped all financial support, including mortgage payments, utilities and even school lunches for his 2 children. [more inside]
Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
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]
Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?
Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
I want to be engaged, but I want him to propose. [more inside]
Star Trek: Where do I find sources about the military ground forces of Starfleet? [more inside]
Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
Kind of a two-part question: 1) Looking for affordable, secure, climate controlled storage units north of Kansas City, and 2) dealing with the illogical sense of feeling abandoned by my parents as they talk about being unable to store my stuff in the future. (Sorry, a bit long inside) [more inside]
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]
How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases? [more inside]
Can you recommend a book which gives a perspective of the occupying military force in a conflict zone? [more inside]
How to celebrate an Air Force promotion from afar? [more inside]
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.
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?
How has the culture of the US military changed, post DADT repeal? [more inside]
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]
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]
What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [more inside]
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.
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.
Army training accident referred to by Bear Grylls [more inside]
Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
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]
What should I wear to a business meeting on a military base? [more inside]
Please help me plan a valentine's day surprise for my military fiance :) [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What should I do about an aspiring Marine in my class who keeps encouraging others to join the service? [more inside]
One of my relatives has a secret military and/or intelligence job. Help me deduce what he does? [more inside]
How do military attitudes about decision-making differ from civilian ones? [more inside]
Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend? [more inside]
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]