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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How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act be repealed?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

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

atheist military burials

What symbol do military burial sites use for atheists? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit on Aug 18, 2006 - 23 answers

Arabic (?) translation and insignia

Can anyone tell me what this Arabic inscription says (if it is Arabic) and what the insignia represents? Photograph and a little [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Aug 12, 2006 - 4 answers

No sheets, Sherlock.

Where can I find extra long twin size flat sheets? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Aug 3, 2006 - 22 answers

"‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”

Fear Of A Brown Planet: I'm looking for songs with a Jingoistic bent, preferably in Country Music. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jun 13, 2006 - 28 answers

Attaching Brass Buttons

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]
posted by bobot on Jun 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Vietnam war stories

Where can I read some Vietnam tour of duty stories? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Jun 3, 2006 - 20 answers

Military, a way out of debt?

College student in debt, looking for a way out. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 3, 2006 - 14 answers

I feel lightheaded... maybe you should drive.

Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on May 23, 2006 - 29 answers

What do they tell soldiers leaving for war?

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]
posted by acoutu on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Or will you have to kill me if you tell me?

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?
posted by thebrokedown on Apr 17, 2006 - 14 answers

But Sarge, will this look good on my resume?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Apr 10, 2006 - 10 answers

I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General

What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

UFO over Seattle

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]
posted by donovan on Mar 17, 2006 - 15 answers


is there a map or list of all the military bases the "west" (read USA/NATO) has ? [more inside]
posted by Substrata on Feb 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Why do so many foreign nations host U.S. military bases?

U.S. Military Bases: I have several questions regarding the ins and outs of the vast U.S. military presence abroad. [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Feb 14, 2006 - 27 answers

Finding ex-military personnel

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]
posted by zooropa on Feb 8, 2006 - 3 answers

Practical military graduation gift

Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
posted by loosemouth on Jan 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Korean War Purple Heart

How can I find out if someone (living) received a Purple Heart award during the Korean War? [more inside]
posted by AmericnJewl on Jan 19, 2006 - 2 answers

Plans for an offshore air defense platform?

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.
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 18, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I survive Coast Guard boot camp?

How can I make it through Coast Guard Basic Training? [more inside]
posted by merlin17 on Jan 15, 2006 - 14 answers

What is this painting?

I am trying to find out information on this painting. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

What navy rank's epaulet is three bars, with a circle that has an X 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]
posted by Mozai on Dec 12, 2005 - 6 answers

Military gaming

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.
posted by rolypolyman on Nov 22, 2005 - 19 answers

Cutting military benefits?

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]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 18, 2005 - 6 answers

I need a foster home for my cat

Please help me find a foster home in the Twin Cities for my very nice lovable cat. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Oct 26, 2005 - 8 answers

Blue Angels

How elite are the Blue Angels? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Oct 10, 2005 - 19 answers

How do I cover my ass when joining the military?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Military personnel on civilian flights?

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?
posted by Chrysostom on Sep 1, 2005 - 13 answers

How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO address?

My googlefu has failed me. How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO AP address? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B on Jul 23, 2005 - 5 answers

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]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Searching for "Ballad of the MI Soldier."

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.
posted by mystyk on Jul 6, 2005 - 1 answer

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?
posted by wtfwjd? on Jul 6, 2005 - 4 answers

Is it just the nipples?

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]
posted by Cuke on May 20, 2005 - 15 answers

What's in a "Go Bag"?

What's in Val Kilmer's "Go Bag" in the movie Spartan? [more inside]
posted by asavage on May 15, 2005 - 5 answers

Guns for US Soldiers in WWI

What sort of guns (by model) were issued to United States soldiers in the first world war? Smaller guns in particular.
posted by dagnyscott on Apr 26, 2005 - 10 answers

The Coast Guard

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?
posted by drezdn on Apr 22, 2005 - 11 answers

I'm a military member who's looking for a cheap way to vacation in Japan for about a week.

I'm a military member who's looking for a cheap way to vacation in Japan for about a week. [more inside]
posted by mystyk on Apr 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Help finding photos of Royal Navy ships

When I was a kid, my dad had framed photos of the ships he'd served on during his time in the Royal Navy. Both he and the photos are long gone, but I've decided I'd like to put something similar together.

First problem is getting hold of his service history - I've only got a vague idea of the time he served (he was involved in Korea and Suez I think). Second is getting the photos.

Any ideas on either?
posted by monkey closet on Feb 16, 2005 - 3 answers

US Armed Forces

I would like to know about the rationale behind the splitting of the US Armed Forces into its four major branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. [more inside, soldier] [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Feb 4, 2005 - 28 answers

Help me find old military hardware on playgrounds

When I was a kid, my playground (Van Dyke Park in Northern, VA) had a decomissioned military jet (T-133) in the was a lot like the picture on this guy's site. Did anyone else have any old military hardware as part of the playground? Any pictures? I'm interested in researching this further....
posted by extrabox on Jan 21, 2005 - 33 answers

I'm trying to ID two very big airplanes I saw a few years ago.

VeryBigAirplaneFilter: I'm trying to ID two airplanes I saw a few years ago. (more) [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Jan 13, 2005 - 15 answers

Vital Statistics

I have worked with a few divers who have their blood type and sometimes other medical info tattooed on their forearm or elsewhere. Most were ex military. Can anyone think of any reasons, other than cosmetic, why this would not be a good idea?
posted by Yorrick on Jan 7, 2005 - 13 answers

Does anybody know of any expansive polling of Canadians with respect to their feelings on foreign military intervention, particularily in Afghanistan?

Does anybody know of any expansive polling of Canadians with respect to their feelings on foreign military intervention, particularily in Afghanistan? Of course, the more detailed the better. If that's too specific, can anyone point me to general repositories of Canadian polling data that allow free access (if such places exist)? Thanks as always! [more inside]
posted by loquax on Dec 5, 2004 - 2 answers

Compulsory Military Service

What countries have compulsory military service?
posted by malaprohibita on Dec 2, 2004 - 28 answers

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