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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

Does the military put off swearing in recruits

My son-in-law is supposedly going in the military. This is a big deal because he has not kept a job to provide for my daughter and grandson and so this seems like a sign of responsibility. But when my daughter announces that he is finally going to be sworn in on _insert date_, when the date comes, he hasn't left to be sworn in and she always says they keep putting it off. Is this how the military operates? Or are they lying to us?
posted by frodoxiii on Nov 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering?

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering? [more inside]
posted by spmcbride1201 on Nov 11, 2010 - 16 answers

What should I read about Just War?

Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 answers

What's life like in the military?

If I joined the military as a potential 68W (Healthcare Specialist), what would the next few years of my life look like? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Nov 3, 2010 - 12 answers

High School transcripts from an out-of-business private school?

How do you go about requesting high school transcripts from a private school that no longer exists? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Oct 25, 2010 - 7 answers

“Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”

What inspirational or instructive inscription should I have engraved on a (new) military officer's sword? [more inside]
posted by emtanner on Oct 22, 2010 - 30 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

Books for Someone in Basic Training?

My brother is in Army Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood. He is unable to receive any care packages at this time, only Military-related books. I believe it's not limited to non-fiction. What are some entertaining and educational books for someone in Basic Training? Fiction and non-fiction welcome. Thanks!
posted by santaliqueur on Oct 11, 2010 - 20 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

Chilean miners evacuation priority

Why would they evacuate the able before the weak? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Oct 5, 2010 - 5 answers

The Things They Carry

What sorts of small talismans or good luck charms might be carried by a modern day American soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Who tries the military?

[lawfilter] What happens in your country to a soldier that kills a citizen? [more inside]
posted by edmz on Sep 6, 2010 - 21 answers

If You Pop That One More Time.....

The speakers are popping and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

The Art of War

If you knew someone who had an instinctive grasp for tactics and strategy--a person who could, given a specific scenario, immediately determine the most effective course of action for winning a battle or a series of engagements--but who could not serve in the military due to specific physical limitations, what would you advise him to pursue as far as education and career choices, to make the most of this ability? [more inside]
posted by misha on Sep 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Military Baggage

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]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Life stinks, I'd like to change it.

I should probably talk to a therapist, but what can I do ON MY OWN regarding general distaste for my life complicated by apathetic depression? Wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 - 19 answers

You know how some southern gentlemen kept wearing their Confederate uniforms? not like that.

Help me make my science-fiction story more realistic: what kind of mistakes might give away a bunch of born-and-bred military types trying to go undercover as civilians? Or, if you had military experience, what habits did you have to unlearn/relearn after discharge, that might be confusing or difficult if you hadn't had a civilian life previously and your off-duty time was much more regimented? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 19, 2010 - 62 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

Reservations about reserves

Navy Reservists filter: How often and how long do you deploy? Have the reserves "interfered" in your formerly civilian lives? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Aug 17, 2010 - 5 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

Do background checks corroborate other background checks?

[Military Filter]: Do military background checks check information given for prior background checks? Specifically drug related. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Does an expunged arrest prevent me from entering the Air Force?

Will I be rejected by the Air Force due to a charge that was "expunged"? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory on Jul 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Does anyone know what this medal is?

A friend of mine found an old military medal in New Hampshire. It appears to be made of tin or some other light metal and handmade. The first part is a twig attached to a decoration, and the second part is arrows in a pouch. I put video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlPqFhq6xdY . The audio is from Lost, which was playing when I did the video. Does anyone know what these medals are?
posted by nathanrudy on May 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Do military training tv shows need recruits' permission?

Do reality tv shows about military training etc. needs the trainees' permission? [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 on May 19, 2010 - 5 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

Attention Fox News: don't fuck with Canada

I'm having trouble tracking down Troy Hurtubise's "Don't fuck with Canada" YouTube response to Fox News host Greg Gutfeld's inflammatory commentary about the Canadian military on Red Eye. I'm sure the numerous violent threats that pepper the video might have something to do with why I can't find it anywhere, but I've never had this much trouble tracking down something that got a fair bit of press when it first aired... Can you help me out, hivemind?
posted by avocet on May 13, 2010 - 2 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

Enlistees in uniform, photographed

Where can I find photos (portraits) of veterans in uniform, taken during their enlistment? Is this the kind of thing that's kept on file in military records? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Please recommend some books about incompetent military leaders.

Please recommend some books that deal with incompetent military commanders and, ideally, the competent ones who replaced them. [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 18, 2010 - 18 answers

I'm in the military. Can I use ADD medication?

I would like to try ADD medication. I'm in the National Guard. What ramifications would this have for my Guard career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Good songs about men and war?

What are some popular World War II-era songs about masculinity, the military, and/or war? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Apr 6, 2010 - 21 answers

Frame my ethical dilemma.

Responsible science filter: Social sciences + military = bad? [more inside]
posted by _cave on Mar 29, 2010 - 15 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

Should I join the military to work in intelligence after college?

I'm considering joining the military after graduating college. Any suggestions as to what branch I should look at or just suggestions in general as to what to do/what to expect/should I even be pursuing this path??? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Torture doesn't work, does it?

I am looking for respected papers and books by psychologists and/or psychiatrists on the effectiveness of torture as a means to extract truthful confessions, especially in a military setting. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Really plausible space marines

What are some details of military life that authors writing for generic military settings often get wrong? What details, if I got them right, would convince you that I had really done my homework? Note that I'm not looking for punctilio like the particular way somebody carries his hat indoors but rather broader things that would be ring true for servicemen of any tradition (e.g., strict rules about exactly how to carry a hat). [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 7, 2010 - 21 answers

Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)?

One of my roommates is in the military, he just got noticed that he is going to be redeployed in May/June. Our other roommate recently moved out and we are subletting her room for her. The lease doesn't technically end until October 2010, but I would prefer to go earlier. Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

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