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]
Looking for the name of a soldier that commited suicide because of homophobia. [more inside]
Is there a site that lists ALL of the names of U.S. military service personal casualties from all wars/conflicts/etc? [more inside]
Is it reasonable to join ROTC while getting an MPP? [more inside]
Computer and/or military history nerds -- please lend your speculations. Was Joe doing mundane data entry or something secret and spy-like? [more inside]
Why do military personnel salute the First Lady if she's not a higher-ranking officer? [more inside]
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?
What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
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]
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]
I would like to be a Mid-East soldier's internet pen pal. [more inside]
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?
Finding a military-friendly college? [more inside]
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.
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]
How are the relationships between the American military personnel and the local population in Germany? [more inside]
How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
I'm curious: how long did it take to implement DADT? [more inside]
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]
Naming any person or character not obviously in the armed forces "Captain (Adjective)" automatically signifies Superhero. Where did this trope originate? [more inside]
Quick and simple. Will my iPhone still work when I take the camera out? [more inside]
Mystery object in military photo? [more inside]
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]
Does working in US intelligence or for private firms closely integrated with US intelligence impact future international employment or citizenship? [more inside]
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?
Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering? [more inside]
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!!
If I joined the military as a potential 68W (Healthcare Specialist), what would the next few years of my life look like? [more inside]
How do you go about requesting high school transcripts from a private school that no longer exists? [more inside]
What inspirational or instructive inscription should I have engraved on a (new) military officer's sword? [more inside]
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]
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!
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?
Why would they evacuate the able before the weak? [more inside]
What sorts of small talismans or good luck charms might be carried by a modern day American soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq? [more inside]
[lawfilter] What happens in your country to a soldier that kills a citizen? [more inside]
The speakers are popping and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]