I've been reading a book in which a US-like military and its organization are frequently discussed, and I'm curious about informal traditions and unspoken rules within the military, like how commissioned and non-commissioned officers feel about each other, how certain ranks defer to one another in certain circumstances, why sergeants are (apparently) hated by privates, and all that. Any good FAQs, guides, blogs, that sort of thing?
My son ships out for Navy boot camp later this month and I'm looking for online support resources and organizations to join. [more inside]
I would assume that WW2-era Japan would have over 220,000 individual rounds of ammunition, but is that true? How many bullets would there be per plane, ship, individual gun, plus in storage, and how many planes, ships, etc? [more inside]
I recently came upon my grandfather's WWII US Navy Canvas Dufflebag. It's gotten a little musty over years and years in the attic and needs to be cleaned. I'm concerned about washing his name off by just throwing it in a regular wash, but money's always a little tight and I try not to dry clean stuff unless it's absolutely necessary. Does anyone have any thoughts? Here's a couple pictures.
My early high school age cousin has been expressing interest in joining the military (specifically the US Navy) over the past year and a half. It's not something I'm super excited about, but it seems likely she'll follow through. Does there exist a book that gives really good, honest information about how the different branches of the US military work, how to approach it if you want it to be your career, not just a short term thing, etc? The kind of information she wouldn't necessarily find in a recruiter's office. [more inside]
I've been trying to buy a navy peacoat for 3 years. I'm a man. I have some requirements:
- At least 80% but preferably 100% wool.
- 6 or 8 showing oversized "fouled anchor" naval buttons.
- Big-ass lapels.
- Handwarmer pockets only - no hip pockets. No flap pockets.
- Navy blue, not black.
Like a lot of Californians, I saw this light in the sky last night. The Navy has revealed that it was testing a Trident-launched missile, so that part of the mystery is resolved. But why did it look like that? [more inside]
So I'm looking for examples of specific evenly matched battles (with armies) where the two sides were stalemated for an extended period until something broke and tipped the battle. Any era (Civil War, WW1, Revolutionary War) is fine but not looking for wars or general movements or campaigns but specific battles. Hill 35. The Battle of Verdun. Etc. Do you have any examples? Is there a kind of name for this kind of battle so I can search for them? And where would I look?
I need information on - forgive me - the subculture of private submarine enthusiasts. Specifically guys who own old military ones. Who buys and own old U571s and such? Where do they get them? Auctions? Is it legal to own one? What are the parameters on this sort of thing?
My friend's son is planning to join the Navy ROTC with the hope of becoming a pilot. What is the best computer (console?) flight simulator for the purpose of developing those skills? Are there any special peripherals to get? Is there a different answer for piloting drones than piloting traditional aircraft? Helicopters? Thanks.
Thinking of hiring someone. His resume says he's been a Navy SEAL. Is there any way to check whether this is true?
My great-grandfather was a medical photographer for the US Navy. While cleaning out his attic, I found a large, weathered portfolio with a great many black and white photographs--some of them very boring (buildings, laboratories) some of them very shocking (medical experiments, deformed humans, both alive and-probably-dead). What should I do with them? [more inside]
What color tights can I wear with a navy skirt? [more inside]
I'm 39. I'm thinking of joining the U.S. Navy Reserves. I'd like to go in as an officer if possible. The cut-off age is also 39, so I only have so much time to make this happen. What do I need to know before I sign on the line which is dotted? Are there any websites you'd recommend so I can go in forewarned with as much knowledge as possible? Any anecdotes anyone can share? Any information at all?
I had my heart set on this blazer, but it turned out to look different when I saw it in person. Any recommendations for places to get a similar-style blazer in the same price range? I'm a man in London.
I'm moving to Denver... soon! Aside from one awesome week in San Francisco, I've never even been west of the Mississippi. Help this Georgia girl find a place to love. [more inside]
I'm trying to find haricot/navy bean leaves, in Cambridge/Boston, MA. Can anyone suggest a source? [more inside]
Why do US Navy submarines operate on 18-hour schedules, with 6 hours on watch and 12 hours off? How did this start? Is there independent justification, or is this some hold-over from old traditions? Why did someone think this was a good idea?
What is the first year or two of Navy service generally like? I am such a planner and right now, I know nothing... [more inside]
Navy rack (bed, not ribbons) kit I saw a few years ago. Now I can't seem to find it. Also looking for other tips and tricks in regards to ship life. Help? [more inside]
I picked up 4 Emeco Navy chairs on Craigslist a while back, and I've been trying to find the perfect kitchen table for them. I've determined that said table is probably something along the lines of the tables at Chili's. Where can I get one? [more inside]
I want to read about Admiral Halsey. What's the best biography?
Picture it: Brock "The Python" McMacho, three-time MMA middle-weight champion, retired Navy SEAL and two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, blearily stumbles to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He stubs his toe. Does it hurt? Does it hurt as much as it would hurt me, a big softie? [more inside]
Big changes are coming and I'm not sure how to make the best of them. I am not enthralled in the least in my current career and would like to take a chance on something new, but should I go for something that is very risky that I love, something practical, or something that uses my mind, or is there some kind of career that embraces all of this that I am not aware of? Man this gets long! [more inside]
What's the best way to ease into unhealthy eating? My SO is joining the Navy. He is vegan and not just vegan, but a "I only eat whole foods" type and knows this just isn't going to happen once he goes in. [more inside]
Navy ROTC transfer from virginia to georgetown? Should I even try? [more inside]
My husband and I are going to Key West at the end of the month to watch a commissioning ceremony for a new Navy ship. It's outdoors at sunset, the invitation says "Business Dress". [more inside]
Anyone able to help with naval coordinates from WWII? I'm writing a play set in WWII and I want to make it more authentic by using the technical jargon of the time. It's set in the pacific and I'm coming up empty-handed with other searches on how they plotted courses and the coordinate systems used. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated!
My Mom and Dad served in the US Navy during WWII. What's the best way(s) to find their service records (and any other info/accounts on their service)? [more inside]
What's your experience with ROTC/Corps of Cadet? [more inside]
NAVY TERMINOLOGY HELP! I'm reading through my grandpa's old flight logs (he was on the crew of a PBY during WWII), and just need help deciphering a couple of terms I see again and again. Both are located in the "Remarks" column of the logbook: FAMILIAR & BOUNCE. Other terms like Ferry, Scouting, Patrol, and Photography are pretty self explanatory, but I have no idea what these two mean. Any help?
Armed Forces filter: What do you wish you had known before enlisting? Close family member considering joining the Navy, and I want to provide as much info as possible. [more inside]
How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
I am wanting to find an official Navy pea coat. I had recently seen a site that had the history of the pea coat with different time periods and button count. Unfortunately, I cannot find it. If anyone can recommend a place that I could order one of high quality online and/or miraculously knows the site (with the photos from past to present) I am talking about, let me know. I know there are plenty of Army/Navy websites but I don't know which are the better ones to purchase such a coat.
I'm gonna be a captain for Halloween, and I haven't decided which one yet. Convince me. [more inside]
Help me put together a royal navy costume I can play ultimate in. [more inside]
What do military people do when they need to store their various items "somewhere" while they are stationed on a ship, sometimes for years at a time? [more inside]
Navy Reservists filter: How often and how long do you deploy? Have the reserves "interfered" in your formerly civilian lives? [more inside]
Which Navy ratings would look best on a resume for a teaching job later on in the civilian life? [more inside]
Should I send this email to a potentially suicidal sibling? (posted for a friend) [more inside]
I don't have a political dog in this fight, but why, at this point, isn't President Obama sending the Navy to go down and stop the oil leak in the Gulf? certainly they could do it..right?
Is this crazy-seeming claim from "The Cracked Bell" even remotely accurate? [more inside]
How come the View's audience, which consisted of naval personnel, were not allowed to clap or cheer when Sarah Silverman suggested that DADT was about to be a relic of the equal rights movement?
This might be a bit of a long shot, but I have a question about a particular passage in Herman Melville's Billy Budd. [more inside]
Genealogy and local history filter: Canadian army circa 1943: Where can I find information about my Dad? The family story goes that in 1942/43 my Dad learned that he was about to be drafted (into the army). So he joined the navy. Then I was born (October 1944). Then he was sent to Montreal and my mother and I followed him. Then we returned to Toronto. Is there anywhere in Canadian army records that I can confirm this information? [more inside]
I have a friend in the U.S. Navy who mentioned something called VQ. I asked him what this stood for, and he said it was "fleet air reconnaissance." But neither of us are sure where the VQ bit came from. Can anyone explain this? Is it an acronym of some kind? How did that name (VQ) come about?
Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [more inside]
Can you explain that thing where sailors wear their dress uniforms and line a warship's decks as it comes in or out of port? Is it dangerous? Does anyone ever fall in? [more inside]
Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
Does anyone know what this acronym stands for, from a U.S. Navy training center in San Diego in 1952? I think it's BFGC or BTGC. [more inside]
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