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]
Are female officers and soldiers materially affected because they are not allowed to serve in certain combat roles? Concrete data appreciated. [more inside]
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]
How do you handle names of military technology in writing according to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style? [more inside]
Tell me about what it's like to be in a military family. [more inside]
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?
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.
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]
What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can one find military wives for a scientific study? [more inside]
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. 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]
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]
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]
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 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
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]