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]
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?
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]
As a 22 year old, concerned, liberal citizen, should I join the military? (more inside) [more inside]
What symbol do military burial sites use for atheists? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me what this Arabic inscription says (if it is Arabic) and what the insignia represents? Photograph and a little [more inside]
Where can I find extra long twin size flat sheets? [more inside]
Fear Of A Brown Planet: I'm looking for songs with a Jingoistic bent, preferably in Country Music. [more inside]
I have a khaki bush jacket w/ regular buttons. I have a set of detachable brass buttons w/ "eyelets" - silver rings, almost like a key ring. Supposedly, I can attach these to the jacket. How do I do this? (picture inside) [more inside]
Where can I read some Vietnam tour of duty stories? [more inside]
College student in debt, looking for a way out. [more inside]
Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
Military briefings. A friend of a friend works as a consultant for the military. This person briefs soldiers before they go off on missions. What goes on in these briefings? [more inside]
ParanoiaFilter: Several years ago I was riding down a Southern interstate and I was passed by a convoy of five or so SUVs. Everything except the front windows on the bodies was covered with what appeared to be black padding. No license plates that I could see. They gave me the sense of being military, but what the heck was the padding all about?
What sort of actual skills does one learn in Army Ranger school, SERE school, or USMC Basic Recon school? I see and hear a lot about mental conditioning, but little about what else this sort of training covers. [more inside]
What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
Help me identify the very odd, large, possibly military plane that has been flying over Seattle for the past three days at around 6:30pm. [more inside]
is there a map or list of all the military bases the "west" (read USA/NATO) has ? [more inside]
U.S. Military Bases: I have several questions regarding the ins and outs of the vast U.S. military presence abroad. [more inside]
How do I find a long-lost friend who served in the military? Is this like looking for a needle in a haystack? [more inside]
Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
How can I find out if someone (living) received a Purple Heart award during the Korean War? [more inside]
I'm interested in writing a story set on a texas tower, an off-shore air defense platform used in the mid 50s to early 60s. However, I need an idea of how it was set up inside and I don't know how to get a map/plan/schematic of the tower. I don't every little detail about it, just how the space was set up and so forth.
How can I make it through Coast Guard Basic Training? [more inside]
I purchased a navy surplus coat, and it came with epaulets. I've been wearing them sometimes, and strangers jokingly call me "captain" on the street. I'd like to know what rank these epaulets truly are. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any interesting historical military simulation games for Windows? There's a ton of titles and reviews out there and I can't figure out where to start. I'm not looking for mindless shoot-em-up action but rather an engaging game that draws its substance from real battles or wars (esp. WWII, Vietnam, or Korea) and gets good marks for historical attention to detail. Ground, air, or both.
Has the Bush administration been cutting or curtailing benefits to active duty soldiers and veterans, and if so, can you point me to non-opinion sources that would back up such an assertion? [more inside]
Please help me find a foster home in the Twin Cities for my very nice lovable cat. [more inside]
I'm thinking of joining the Air Force with an eye towards a flight or airfield operations officer position, and I could use some advice on how to maintain control of my career so that I don't end up in a dead-end position in a place I don't want to be. [more inside]
At Dallas-Fort Worth airport the other day, I saw dozens and dozens of Army soldiers. Presumably, they were about to ship over to Iraq (everyone was in desert gear, families were there, etc.). Were these soldiers traveling via commercial airliners? Aren't there military transport aircraft for that?
My googlefu has failed me. How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO AP address? [more inside]
When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate?
When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate? [more inside]
I'm looking for the lyrics to the "Ballad of the MI Soldier." It was a joke military song about the stereotypical qualities of intelligence professionals. I had it a while back, but can't find the disc it was on. I tried googling, but it doesn't produce anything useful.
What is the name and method of the military theorist who had a 4-part(?) hueristic for fighter pilots?
Sometime in the last 2 years (I think!) there was a meme going around about a military theorist (from the 50's?) who came up with a rule set for fighter pilots. The idea was a fighter pilot was supposed to go around and around with these four(?) rules. Something like "assess / analyze / ?? / shoot" or something! Does anyone know who this is is, where I can get more info and the precise rule set?
Calling all historians: a question inspired by this photo, found through this FPP. What is the significance of the Napoleonic hand-inside-of-shirt pose? [more inside]
What's in Val Kilmer's "Go Bag" in the movie Spartan? [more inside]
What sort of guns (by model) were issued to United States soldiers in the first world war? Smaller guns in particular.
Depending on how my remaining job leads pan out, I'm considering joining the United States Coast Guard. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who has ever served in the Coast Guard. So I'm wondering if anyone has any personal experiences in the Coast Guard or advice on how to make the most of joining?
I'm a military member who's looking for a cheap way to vacation in Japan for about a week. [more inside]