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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Will my short history of taking medication for ADHD prevent me from entering the military? [more inside]
posted by pyrom
on Aug 12, 2009 -
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 -
If a military veteran chooses not to actively remember or discuss their military service (probably due to painful memories) in life, is it appropriate to go the extra mile to recognize their service in death? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips
on Jun 29, 2009 -
militaryfilter: I'm a 22 year old female with an art history BA, should I join? and which branch? [more inside]
posted by emmatwofour
on Jun 21, 2009 -
Since one of my favourite shows, The Unit, is now canceled, please recommend some books with similar themes. [more inside]
posted by sideshow
on Jun 9, 2009 -
I'm considering enlisting but was unsure how a gluten intolerance would play into it all. I'm interested in the navy but any info would be great.
posted by isopropyl
on Jun 2, 2009 -
Looking for science fiction movies/TV shows in which a military force (consisting of aliens or humans, good or evil) has tactically used time travel as a means to win a war. [more inside]
posted by np312
on Apr 18, 2009 -
I received a FB message from someone I don't know who is a member of the US military. The message contained a death threat he wanted me to pass on to someone else, also unknown to me. Who, besides Facebook, should I contact about this?
posted by ausernamenooneelsehas
on Apr 17, 2009 -
If a country in the European Union becomes involved in a major military conflict (politi-speak for big war), would it drag the other nations into it like other binding agreements in European past? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback
on Apr 15, 2009 -
I'm trying to locate the origin of the phrase "The righteous man champions the lost cause, knowing that all other causes are just merely events." [more inside]
posted by victoriab
on Apr 15, 2009 -
I've occasionally seen police (or military personnel) wearing hats in such a way that the chin strap is hooked under the lower lip rather than the chin. Why? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur
on Mar 19, 2009 -
Anyone recall reading about a novel way they ascertained the prevalence of drug use among soldiers in Vietnam? I just can't recall where I saw it but I think it was probabilistic in nature.
posted by ottlite
on Mar 17, 2009 -
This is purely theoretical--it's not about me or anyone I know. It's for a project I'm working on.
Let's say you enlist in the military but back out before basic training. I've found some information that says nothing will happen to you. So first, is that true?
And second, does anyone have any experience with this they can share?
posted by world b free
on Mar 12, 2009 -
Help me write a realistic transition to civilian life for my US Marine. (longer, clearer explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna
on Feb 10, 2009 -
My boyfriend is deployed, which is stressful. What are good ways to deal with this stress? And what, if anything, can I do to be a better, more supportive girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues
on Feb 2, 2009 -
What's up with the "weather station" in Tecopa, CA? And why did it threaten to shoot me? [more inside]
posted by abirae
on Dec 12, 2008 -
PseudoMilitaryFilter: Looking for a pdf of a range card
, the kind you used to fill out while sitting in your trench, OP or whatever. [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Nov 29, 2008 -
A couple years ago, there was this website that was made up to look like a military, high-tech tracking system of some kind. It was bogus, but looked really cool.
Not long after it came out, Still President Bush or Donald Rumsfeld was at the Pentagon or similar location in a photo-op in which someone had that screen up for the cameras. Do you know what the site was?
If not, I'm looking for a bogus, high-tech, military looking website. Doesn't need to be functional, just look like something the military or Nasa might use with dials, grids, radar kinda looking things.
posted by GernBlandston
on Nov 7, 2008 -
How is paying attention to detail an extremely important skill in the military? I know "why", not doing so can get you or somone else killed, but I don't know "what" people are referring to. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors
on Oct 23, 2008 -
I'm putting together a large care package box for my boyfriend, located at an FPO AP address. My plan is to fill it a ton of random stuff to keep him surprised and delighted, from funny shirts to little plastic toys to letters and pictures to CDs. It's been ages since I sent anything that required a customs form, and I definitely want this package to survive all scrutiny - how specific do I need to get when I'm listing the box contents, especially if I'm sending such a variety of items? [more inside]
posted by Bakuun
on Oct 22, 2008 -
Are female officers and soldiers materially affected because they are not allowed to serve in certain combat roles? Concrete data appreciated. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl
on Oct 16, 2008 -
I'm liberal, non-religious, college-educated, and I think I want to join the Coast Guard through the "Blue 21" direct-to-aviation officer's program. Am I crazy? Is this a viable option? Who can I talk to, other than recruiters? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 9, 2008 -
How do you handle names of military technology in writing according to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style
? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Sep 15, 2008 -
The son of a dear friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday, from complications following minor surgery. This young man was serving in the US Navy on a sub, and now we are looking for a Navy-related charity we could make a donation to in memory of this young man. Suggestions?
posted by anastasiav
on Aug 29, 2008 -
I'm looking for the text of a poem/ statement that was printed on tea towels (where I saw it but could very well also be elsewhere) about how governments are willing to spend millions on armies and navies but schools have to hold cake stalls to provide basic services. The tea towels were popular among my friends' hippy parents in Canberra, Australia in the early- to mid-80s and were possibly printed by the Nuclear Disarmament Party
, but just as likely found elsewhere. I've searched with all the terms I can think of but can't find the text. Can you help? Thanks.
posted by goo
on Aug 14, 2008 -
There seems to be an unusual amount of warplane-related activity in the skies over Chicago. Some sort of display-of-force? I've never seen anything like it. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Aug 14, 2008 -
Wondering if anyone on the threads has any experience with civilian medical jobs for the military or could point to a resource on the web where people might discuss this. [more inside]
posted by dougiedd
on Jun 8, 2008 -
This is a 3rd party question and as such I am looking more for general information than specific help. It has to do with the military's policy on being gay while serving. [more inside]
posted by edgeways
on Apr 26, 2008 -