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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
posted by loosemouth
on Jan 29, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
When I was a kid, my playground (Van Dyke Park in Northern, VA) had a decomissioned military jet (T-133) in the playground...it 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 -
VeryBigAirplaneFilter: I'm trying to ID two airplanes I saw a few years ago. (more) [more inside]
posted by cmyk
on Jan 13, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
Are there any queer mefites with military experience?
I'm thinking of enlisting in the U.S. army after I graduate from university this spring. As in, I really want to do this, depending on MOS restrictions my red/green colorblindness impose on me. One of the things I have to consider, though, is my penchant for sleeping with members of my own gender. I think I "pass" pretty well, but I'm curious if there's anyone out there with experience spending time in the military closet, or alternatively, you have associated with a soldier whom you knew was in the closet. If you have general military advice, feel free to lay it on me, but I have probably seen most of it one place or another. As in, some might be tempted to tell me to get a commission if I've got a bachelor's, something that doesn't interest me.
Thanks for your help!
posted by anonymous
on Nov 16, 2004 -
Military Historians or Resident Librarians: lend me your ear!! Actually, I'm just looking for some pointers on digging up information. [MI] [more inside]
posted by smcniven
on Nov 12, 2004 -
Does anyone have a source that lists the total number of US troops, the number currently deployed, where these troops are specifically deployed and the number of troops that are not on active duty.
posted by quadog
on Oct 19, 2004 -
Oaths and Non-Disclosure in the military: What legal and moral responsibility do soldiers or mercenaries have to keep quiet or speak up about events they witness during their tour of duty? [Swear something interesting on this big book, and I'll tell you more on the inside] [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t
on Sep 25, 2004 -
Has George W. Bush established a moral precedent for evading military service in the United States? How about a legal precedent?
posted by mischief
on Sep 10, 2004 -
How does a member of the US military get picked to carry the casket of a former president? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Jun 10, 2004 -
I'm looking for any informative preferably unbiased look at wether the US might set up a draft for the ongoing Iraqi war . I would also be interested in reading educated opinions on the probablility of this happening in the absence of real tangible information. I did find this: The Coming Draft
, but I don't know the slant on this news source. Many thanks!
posted by pissfactory
on Apr 15, 2004 -
Military question -- On a website I was reading recently, I came across this tidbit: "The military continues to experiment with command and control structures designed to delegate and drive decision making to the front lines." Can anyone tell me more about this? I'm interested in how the U.S. military (or any other) has overcome the problem of decision-makers being too far from the action. [more inside]
posted by oissubke
on Mar 24, 2004 -