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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

Scholarly military history introduction/books/journals

Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Jan 31, 2010 - 19 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

How to dress when visiting a military college?

What is the dress code for civilian faculty at military institutions (like West Point, USAFA, etc)? To what extent does this apply to visitors? [more inside]
posted by xoran99 on Jan 19, 2010 - 7 answers

How do the SCRA apply to deployment of active duty miltary?

Help me understand how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) applies to active duty military being deployed specific to installment loans. [more inside]
posted by Zophi on Jan 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Military Bratology

Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 20 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

How many will be killed / wounded?

Of the 30,000 additional troops President Obama has now committed to sending to Afghanistan, how many will be killed or wounded? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 5, 2009 - 24 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

A musician for Uncle Sam?

My nephew, who definitely needs structure and self-discipline, is considering joining the military. He would like to become part of a military band, as he is a trained and talented musician and performer. What should he ask for and look for and how can he get an assignment he wants? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown on Dec 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Good guys get blue, bad guys get red.

How close are we to handheld laser weapons? I read an article about a laser on a C-130 burning a hole through a car, a 747 that can shoot down an ICBM, and now a truck-mounted laser that can bring down a plane or UAV. What kind of science challenges do we need to meet before these weapons are issued to soldiers, etc.? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Nov 19, 2009 - 23 answers

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