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Appealing ELS discharge with the USAF?

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.
posted by FriscoBowie on Mar 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Any good depictions of Women in the military/police service?

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.
posted by Saebrial on Feb 24, 2013 - 47 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

Possible long distance relationship with military man....advice

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]
posted by love2much on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Can't find pictures of army that reveal progressively more information

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]
posted by swimbikerun on Jan 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Military Ball

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"...
posted by misformiche on Jan 23, 2013 - 14 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

How can I rehabilitate my marriage?

I think my husband's PTSD is triggered. He's kicked me out and is talking about divorce. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2013 - 44 answers

Bag baggage

Help me identify this item: backpack, military, olive drab. Bonus points for finding one in the wild that I can buy. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

henceforth he's to be referred to as dungbeetle

Issues with supporting a friend in court for divorce [more inside]
posted by anon4now on Dec 15, 2012 - 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

Military Divorce Filter

Enlisted Soldier has stopped all financial support, including mortgage payments, utilities and even school lunches for his 2 children. [more inside]
posted by anon4now on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Bipolar civilian on a military base overseas?

Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I expect in the first nine months of Navy Enlistment?

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]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 11, 2012 - 14 answers

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 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

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Can you identify the origin of this beret flash?

Help me identify this beret flash. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Parents Won't Store My Stuff Any More

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]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 12, 2012 - 20 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 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

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