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Uniformly unknown

I have a photo of an ancestor in what I think is a Great War Austrian (well, Austro-Hungarian) uniform. Can anyone identify the insignia? [more inside]
posted by Luddite on Apr 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Citations or reporting for psychaitric diagnosis in the military?

I'm looking for citations (including reporting) regarding psychiatric diagnosis in the military over the past several years. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 30, 2008 - 2 answers

How can a bartender verify a Military ID?

Where can I find a good 1-sheet FAQ for verifying various types of US Military ID, for use in a bar or restaurant? [more inside]
posted by SeanMac on Mar 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Current and former civilian DoD employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens?

Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2008 - 10 answers

USA vs UK 1914!

How did Britain and America compare militarily in 1914?
posted by greytape on Feb 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Sorry sir, this table is Reserved.

Canadian Military Reserve: Can any current or past reservists (Army, Navy, Air) give me a rundown of what it's like from joining, training, to practicing ? Is the reserve the place for me ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on Feb 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How do you measure progress in war?

What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jan 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Obligation to Reservists?

What are an employer's legal and ethical obligations to employees who are in the military reserves? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Dec 31, 2007 - 20 answers

More like St. Smellmo

Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 17, 2007 - 198 answers

How to properly display an Army uniform jacket?

How to properly display part of an Army uniform in a display case? A customer of ours has a 'by the book' army husband and wants to make sure she doesn't break any rules displaying it. [more inside]
posted by whoda on Dec 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Becoming a humanitarian de-miner

I am interested in becoming a humanitarian de-miner. This FPP reminded about my interest. A brief search has brought up a couple of organizations, but I was hoping some people here might be able to provide some practical insight. Is this foolish, feasable or just downright romantic thinking about making a real difference? [more inside]
posted by isopraxis on Dec 12, 2007 - 10 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

No contact with a friend in Iraq for a month, normal?

A friend of mine's boyfriend left for Iraq a month ago, and there has been no contact since he arrived in Iraq. Is this normal? And is there any way to get any more information on him?
posted by wukkuan on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

What to write to a military pen pal I don't know?

What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 18 answers

How important is college in the face of hands on experience?

Job applicant with no college degree filter: Exactly how important is it to have a degree? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Nov 4, 2007 - 25 answers

What's the difference between being a Navy wife and a Navy girlfriend?

What are the military-specific rights and benefits granted to married couples in the United States? I'm interested in legal and cultural rights/benefits. Bonus personal story inside. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Oct 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Is preventative asthma medication doom for potential military career?

I know a 17-year-old now applying to colleges who wants to get into a branch of the military (AF Academy) but had a bout of childhood asthma when she was very young (age 2) and has been on preventive medication for the lsat several years. Can she still become a pilot? [more inside]
posted by Malad on Oct 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Please help me find where this WW2 soldier is buried

Please help me find the grave of Private Thomas F. Maguire of Arlington, Massachusetts, who was killed in WW2. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 on Sep 23, 2007 - 15 answers

Should I buy fancy underwear? WHAT KIND?

Besides the glaringly obvious, what might a soldier home on leave like to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Stop the fleet to pickup one man?

Would the Navy stop to pickup a sailor who fell overboard? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Sep 2, 2007 - 16 answers

How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications?

How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications? [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Aug 30, 2007 - 2 answers

Legally finding someone's military history?

Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 29, 2007 - 13 answers

My friend was accused of a crime I don't think he committed. What does he do? What do I do?

My friend has been accused of rape, which I think is absurd. Need legal advice for him (especially from anyone familiar with the U.S. military court system) and emotional advice for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2007 - 30 answers

What's It like to fly above the world at mach?

Military/FictionFilter: I look at my western skyline at dusk and see lines of contrails everywhere. I've been in planes flying all over the world and seen all sorts of sights at dusk, but what's it like to see that from a military jet sending out those trails at whatever speed? Personal details would be nice, but suggestions from established fiction would be fine. Details aren't necessary - I dont want to plagarize anything, I just want an impression for a short piece of fiction.
posted by elendil71 on Jun 17, 2007 - 5 answers

National Service/Draft effect on society

DraftFilter: Help with debate over National Service/Draft and it's effects on society and unpopular wars [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Jun 12, 2007 - 20 answers

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1?

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain on May 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Name This Sporting Event: Cannon + Obstacle Course

What is this sporting event? Teams compete to move a functioning artillery cannon from one end of an obstacle course to another, requiring them to disassemble, move, and re-assemble the cannon. [more inside]
posted by frogan on May 29, 2007 - 6 answers

Civil War balloon photography.

Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?

Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
posted by barbelith on May 14, 2007 - 8 answers

What's the dealeo?

A military question about the laws of the battlefield. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Apr 24, 2007 - 21 answers

What's up with Pat Tillman's uniform?

Why is Pat Tillman's uniform censored? [more inside]
posted by missed on Apr 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Seabag a uniform?

Is the military seabag itself considered part of a uniform, such that a retiree is forbidden by the UCMJ to use it except for ceremonies and official functions? The one I was issued when I enlisted has tons more capacity than any other pack I currently possess, but I'd rather not break regulations even in such a way that is unlikely to be prosecuted. I'm several years out of the service, now, so I can't pose the question to my chain of command.
posted by The Confessor on Apr 2, 2007 - 9 answers

Developing Institutions

Organized religion, business, military. I am looking for info about the different phases these institutions went through and how their hierarchy developed as they grew. Anything from Antiquity to the Romantic Era. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Mar 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Wordplay with Marriage/Military

Going to a wedding where I will make a humorous speech. The groom just got out of basic training for the reserves, so I've been brainstorming a on the theme of "he used to say [civilian speak], now he says [military speak]." Below is what I have so far (just the shorthand.) Any contributions would be most appreciated! Wedding ring => Chain of Command Orgasm=>Honorable Discharge "That time of the month"=>Defcon 3 Blocked Shot (basketball)=>Court Martial Wedding Day=>D Day ?=>WMD Urination=>Operation Golden Flow ?=>Flak Jacket "Yes Dear"=>Roger ?=>AWOL ?=>Going Below Decks SEX=>Sierra Echo X-ray
posted by jbradley on Feb 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Truckers in Spaaaaaace - help me find realistic, grimy, near-future space stories

I'm reading Alastair Reynold's excellent Pushing Ice and I'd love to read more like it - help me Mefi! [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 27, 2007 - 24 answers

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs.

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs. (Yes, I know. You're laughing at me.) [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Jan 26, 2007 - 10 answers

JAG lawyer or law firm?

Should I become a JAG lawyer/officer now or work for a law firm for a year or two first? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Jan 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife.

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife. Ridiculous amounts [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2007 - 38 answers

Iraq troop prediction numbers

Anyone have predictions (with citations) offered on how many troops would be necessary in Iraq? I've heard that generals said up to 300,000 in the run-up, but I can't seem to find sources for these. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract."

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract." [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 on Jan 13, 2007 - 21 answers

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness?

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Joining the National Guard as a 91W?

What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
posted by mistermoore on Nov 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Illegal's kids serving in the US Military?

Are there legitimate statistics that can tell me how many or what percentage of US Armed Forces are children of illegal immigrants? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 13, 2006 - 8 answers

History geek activities and tours in San Francisco?

I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 2, 2006 - 19 answers

Peacenik gift for future soldiers

Help me to find a good going away gift for my cousin who's joining the army. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Oct 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Who ranked the ranks, and why?

In the US army, majors outrank lieutenants, but lieutenant generals outrank major generals. How did this happen?
posted by IndigoJones on Oct 23, 2006 - 5 answers

I want my habeas corpus

How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act be repealed? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Oct 1, 2006 - 25 answers

Names of Veterans of the Vietnam War?

For a scholarly research project, it would very helpful if I had the names of all veterans of the Vietnam War. Does anyone know if this data is publicly available? If so, where could I find it? Advice about specific offices or sources is especially appreciated.
posted by fdhidalgo on Sep 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Mohammed: Military Leader vs Peace Promoter

Genuine question: Given that Mohammed was a succesful military leader who led armies to kill many thousands, at what point did he switch approach and promote peace? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Sep 16, 2006 - 10 answers

strength for now...um....

As a 22 year old, concerned, liberal citizen, should I join the military? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 3, 2006 - 60 answers

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