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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

Coast Guard Reserves?

What are the Reserves (specifically, the Coast Guard) really like? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Nov 15, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get my brother out of the Marines?

How do I help my little brother get out of the Marines? My little brother (well, not so little anymore) recently graduated from Marines' boot camp and is now in infantry training (I think, I'm woefully ignorant of military terminology). He recently expressed to me online that he's basically had enough with the Marines and wants to go home. Is there any way he can do that simply and legally? Would he have to get a dishonorable discharge. Seriously, I know nothing about the military having come from a long line of cowards. Can he just leave or is there some special process? Is there some kind of hotline or something he can call to be counseled on this stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 29 answers

I'm looking for a website that can help me track/graph the movement of "defense forces" around the world.

I'm looking for a website that can help me track/graph the movement of "defense forces" around the world. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Nov 6, 2009 - 2 answers

Is a BS a BS? Or just BS?

Is a BS degree a BS degree, or are there "lesser" degrees - I don't even know how to ask this. I'll try, though. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Oct 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Does bf qualify for military benefits?

Does my boyfriend qualify for veterans benefits? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 on Oct 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries?

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 21, 2009 - 20 answers

Costuming for the Overly Ethical?

Prison party fashion...without the prison? [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Sep 29, 2009 - 24 answers

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Goosey Goosey Gander, why do you march like that?

When you see military parades of countries that we would consider to be either potential or old enemies (Iran, North Korea, China, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union, etc.), the troops march using the “goose step”, but you never see that style of marching used by NATO or other friendly nation armies. I understand that western countries would probably not want to be seen goose-stepping due to the whole WW2 Germany connection, but why is it so popular with communist and other regimes? Just because it looks so bad-ass scary or because it gives an impression of complete discipline?
posted by 543DoublePlay on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

You pay for our safety, so we don't have to.

Do the U.S. military bases in foreign countries, esp. Western Europe and Japan, help those countries keep their military budgets low so that they can afford things like, I dunno, universal health care? [more inside]
posted by nax on Sep 21, 2009 - 52 answers

Who tells the spouse a soldier has died?

Writing filter: In the USA, who tells the spouse that a member of the military has died, and what is that job or role called?
posted by joannemerriam on Sep 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Am I smart to buy this dumbphone... or not?

I'm thinking about buying the Sonim XP3. Does anyone here own one or know someone that does? Asking primarily because I'll have to order it online; the only store carrying it is on back order and I can't futz with it before buying. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Sep 17, 2009 - 0 answers

Not so fast.

Everybody who knows the origin of this gag, take one step forward... Not so fast, internet. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Aug 17, 2009 - 16 answers

One-stop shop for information on joining the US Military

Is there a central source that will clearly, objectively explain all the different paths through the US military? Enlisting versus ROTC versus other routes to entry, different ways of becoming an officer, different ways to get an education/get your education paid for, the different schools offered within the different branches, what jobs tend to be combat-related and which ones don't, how choosing a career path works, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Will taking medicine for ADHD prevent me from joining the Air Force?

Will my short history of taking medication for ADHD prevent me from entering the military? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Aug 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Sergeant Pay Grade

What would a Staff Sergeant (E-6) for the Minnesota Army National Guard doing convoy security in Iraq make per month? He's married with two kids doing combat duty. That's what my cousin's husband is doing right now. Some of the family were trying to guess how much she gets kicked back to her.
posted by shortbooks on Jul 7, 2009 - 8 answers

In the Navy, the Royal Navy...

What can I expect as the partner of a British Royal Navy officer? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Jul 6, 2009 - 4 answers

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