How can I get to know U.S. military culture? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for citations (including reporting) regarding psychiatric diagnosis in the military over the past several years. [more inside]
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]
Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
How did Britain and America compare militarily in 1914?
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]
What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
What are an employer's legal and ethical obligations to employees who are in the military reserves? [more inside]
Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
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]
I am interested in becoming a humanitarian de-miner.
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]
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]
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?
What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
Job applicant with no college degree filter: Exactly how important is it to have a degree? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please help me find the grave of Private Thomas F. Maguire of Arlington, Massachusetts, who was killed in WW2. [more inside]
Besides the glaringly obvious, what might a soldier home on leave like to do? [more inside]
Would the Navy stop to pickup a sailor who fell overboard? [more inside]
How do hybrid EO/IR systems work in UAV applications? [more inside]
Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
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]
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.
DraftFilter: Help with debate over National Service/Draft and it's effects on society and unpopular wars [more inside]
How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1? [more inside]
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]
Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
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]
A military question about the laws of the battlefield. [more inside]
Why is Pat Tillman's uniform censored? [more inside]
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.
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]
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
"That time of the month"=>Defcon 3
Blocked Shot (basketball)=>Court Martial
Wedding Day=>D Day
Urination=>Operation Golden Flow
?=>Going Below Decks
SEX=>Sierra Echo X-ray
I'm reading Alastair Reynold's excellent Pushing Ice
and I'd love to read more like it - help me Mefi! [more inside]
I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs. (Yes, I know. You're laughing at me.) [more inside]
Should I become a JAG lawyer/officer now or work for a law firm for a year or two first? [more inside]
Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife. Ridiculous amounts [more inside]
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]
Is signing up for the military a legal "contract." [more inside]
Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness
? [more inside]
What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
Are there legitimate statistics that can tell me how many or what percentage of US Armed Forces are children of illegal immigrants? [more inside]
I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
Help me to find a good going away gift for my cousin who's joining the army. [more inside]
In the US army, majors outrank lieutenants, but lieutenant generals outrank major generals. How did this happen?
How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act
be repealed? [more inside]
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.
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]