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]
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.