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Stiff Lower Lip

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 - 10 answers

Drug use in Vietnam

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 - 3 answers

Can you go AWOL before you're in uniform?

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 - 12 answers

The Few. The Proud. The... Students?

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 - 8 answers

How can I stop freaking out about my deployed boyfriend?

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 - 15 answers

Legal Harassment Filter: I'm being harassed by a soldier.

Who can I contact if I'm being harassed by a U.S. army soldier. [more inside]
posted by charles_farley on Jan 15, 2009 - 23 answers

When is a weather station not a weather station? (And why do they threaten to shoot me?)

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 - 21 answers

Military Range Card

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 - 7 answers

Where is the bogus military site used in Bush/Rumsfeld photo-op?

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. Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Nov 7, 2008 - 5 answers

What you don't know may KILL you.

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 - 20 answers

9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leapin', 11 pipers piping...

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 - 8 answers

Compensation for female soldiers serving in combat roles

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 - 13 answers

What's it like in the USCG?

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 - 14 answers

Proper way to write military technology terms

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 - 10 answers

The soldier's wife.

Tell me about what it's like to be in a military family. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 14 answers

US Navy related charities for a Memorial Gift

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 - 6 answers

Help with the text of a poem about the disparity between funding for education and the military?

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 - 6 answers

Is Chicago under attack?

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 - 22 answers

What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift?

What is a unique or more tangible Air Force or “Support our Troops”-related sympathy gift? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful on Jun 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Civilian Medical Work for the US Armed Forces?

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 - 2 answers

Council for soldiers?

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 - 13 answers

How can one find military wives?

How can one find military wives for a scientific study? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 16, 2008 - 10 answers

How can I get to know U.S. military culture? Details inside.

How can I get to know U.S. military culture? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2008 - 20 answers

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

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