US Military

An organization with sea, land, and air components authorized by the US to use force, in defending its country (or attacking other countries) by combating actual or potential threats.

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Risk is a function of the?

D. threat, vulnerability, and impact.

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WW2 Homefront
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Veterans Affairs and Issues

How can you find information on former service members who served in the US Armed Forces?

NPRC (National Personnel Records Center) website:


National Personnel Records Center

9700 Page Avenue

Saint Louis, Missouri 63132-5100

(M-F 7:30am - 3:45pm)

Telephone: 314-801-0800


Status Check:

Fax: 314 801-9195

*NOTE:* that a large fire at the center in July 1973 destroyed:

Army Personnel discharged November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960 (80% were destroyed)

Air Force Personnel discharged, September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964

(with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.) (75% were destroyed)

-> You will find alternative resources and methods for locating some copies of the destroyed records or sections of them explained on the website listed. <-

Records Prior to WWI (1917): These are held in Washington, DC so visit this link:


Requests for copies of military service records may only be honored for veterans of US military service or the surviving spouse who has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother of that service member. Requests may be made electronically or by mail to the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri. The Web site, eVetRecs, is listed in the link below. Federal law [5 USC 552a(b)] requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed (in cursive) and dated (within the last year). Certain basic information is needed to locate military service records. This information includes the veteran's complete name used while in service, service number, social security number, branch of service, date of birth, place of birth, and dates of service. You must use Standard Form (SF) 180 to request copies of military records. You may access a copy of SF180 electronically from the link below: Standard Form 180 The use of SF180 is not required for information requests, however it facilitates the location and recovery of requested information. Requests for information may be submitted in the form of a letter. Submit as much information as you have on the subject. For additional information, contact the National Personnel Records Center public affairs office at:

Tel: 314-801-0587

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US Military Ranks Pay Rates and Benefits

What was Mystikal's rank in the Army?

He was a Private first class, until he tested positive for marijuana then which he was reduced in rank and forced out of the military

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What navy uniform do you wear to a funeral?

Any dress uniform would be appropriate. Dress blues are the ones that would be the best. But dress whites are acceptable.

Music Genres
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Why does the army have marching bands?

All Military units have a band. It is a long standing tradition, using a theme song or a rallying song for war and for pride in the unit.

The military bands are called upon to play for dignitaries or many other events, where music is needed and appropriate.

Ceremonies would not be the same without the music. They would be very dry and have less meaning. Many pieces played by military bands bring tears to your eyes, because of the great meaning to the tunes and also for the "pageantry" and pride, we as the audience feels when they are played well.

The military bands work long hours to perform at a highly acceptable level of performance. Their individual careers and futures, depend on their abilities as a musician.

They do it because of pride in their ability and corps.

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Will a felony keep you out of the military?

It really depends on what the felony was, if it was murder or rape or something that serious, don't even hold your breath. The military will not let you in. If it was something less serious and petty, it may not be impossible. But truly depends on what you were convicted of. Speak to you local recruiter and see what they say.

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The name department refers to?

agencies of Cabinet rank only

Law & Legal Issues
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Uniform Code of Military Justice

What is the ucmj article 93?

Cruelty, maltreatment, and/or oppression of a subordinate by a higher ranking person, with a maximum penalty of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay & allowances, and confinement for 1 yr.

Airplanes and Aircraft
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Do fighter jets have window wipers?

no cause there is no use for them

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There's plenty of use for them--most planes have window wipers--but a fighter jet doesn't have them because the wind would tear them off, and because the wiper couldn't go around the curve on the canopy. The canopies have a coating that repels water, like RainX does for cars.


Actually, most planes do not have wipers. The larger commercial passenger jets that most people know DO have them, but they are only used during taxi.


Many turbine aircraft duct compressor bleed air to 'blow' off the windshield.

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What does dishonorable discharge mean?

It is dishonorable discharge, and it means a soldier did something bad according to military law. They are released from the armed services with a lifelong blemish on their work record.

an expulsion from the ranks of the military as the result of a general court-martial procedure

See related links for information about the reasons for a dishonorable discharge.

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How many rabbis are in the military?

There are currently 7 or 8 Rabbis in the US military. At this time, at least one Chassidic Rabbi is suing the military because the no beard policy prevents those Jews who wear beards for religious reasons from enlisting - this includes Rabbis who wish to serve as military clergy.

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What branch of military has the best combat medics?

This is an opinion but possibly Green Beret if I had the choice(just a guess).

Military Equipment
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US Army

Does the army make kabar knives?

The military did not (does not) make the knives; they are either contracted out (made by a company for the military), or are bought off the shelves by the military. Example: the US Navy bought "off the shelf" it's riverine boat, the PCF-Patrol Craft Fast (Swift Boat) in 1965 during the Vietnam War. The USN saw the boats being used in the Gulf of Mexico, decided they'd make good Riverine Boats for Vietnam, contacted the maker (Seward Seacraft in Louisiana), and requested about 200 of them. The former civilian boats were built from scratch (from aluminum) and were simply modified for war; gun turret, machine gun positions, etc.

The Kabar was famous for supplying "Fighting Knives" to US Marines in WWII. Only the Marines received as standard issue those knives; this was in addition to their bayonets. US Soldiers received only bayonets; specialized US Soldiers, US Airmen, or US Sailors might receive some sort of other blade.

The Vietnam War may have been the "last issue" (general issue) to the Marine Corps for Kabar fighting knives.

Although they are not standard issue, many soldiers purchase their own knives for combat and field use. KA-BAR does make an Army version of its famous USMC fighting knife. It's the same knife: 1095 Cro-Van steel 7" blade, leather handle, .7 lbs, 11 7/8" total length, but instead of the small USMC right where the blade protrudes from the handle, is says Army. KA-BAR is a knife manufacturer, so they are the ones that make all the KA-BAR knives. Since they are strong and durable and the clip point style is excellent for both combat and field use, it is still a popular knife.

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What are the age requirements for US military enlistment?

USC 10, Subtitle A, PART II, CHAPTER 31 § 505

Regular components: qualifications, term, grade

(a) The Secretary concerned may accept original enlistments in the Regular Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, Regular Marine Corps, or Regular Coast Guard, as the case may be, of qualified, effective, and able-bodied persons who are not less than seventeen years of age nor more than forty-two years of age. However, no person under eighteen years of age may be originally enlisted without the written consent of his parent or guardian, if he has a parent or guardian entitled to his custody and control. [emphasis added]

So, 17 with parental consent, or 18 without, and up to 42.

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US Military Law

What is the purpose of DD Form 2745?

To tag detainee.

Federal Laws
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If someone was dishonorably discharged from the military would they still qualify for assistance with college?

A soldier who has been dishonorably discharged from the military forfeits his right to any benefits he might have had access to upon his return to civilian life. This can include the loss of medical insurance, GI bills and college pay...

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What structure is the physical location at which coordination of information and resources to support incident management on-scene operations activities normally takes place?

It is called the Emergency Operations Center or Incident Command Post.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC): The physical location at which the coordination of information and resources to support incident management (on-scene operations) activities normally takes place. An EOC may be a temporary facility or may be located in a more central or permanently established facility, perhaps at a higher level of organization within a jurisdiction. EOCs may be organized by major functional disciplines (e.g., fire, law enforcement, medical services), by jurisdiction (e.g., Federal, State, regional, tribal, city, county), or by some combination thereof.

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How can you find out what units a World War 2 soldier served in?

Researching World War 2 UnitsYou might want to contact Richard V. Horrell at WW 2 He assists people in finding the numerical designation of their relative's units during WW 2.
Military Terminology
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US Army

What did RIF mean in the army?

RIF is short for Reduction in Force. When the military, Air Force or Army, decides they have too many people for the current defense requirements, they reduce the forces by offering early discharges or retirements. This usually occurs after a war has ended. There was a RIF after the end of the Viet Nam War.

Medical Insurance
Female Puberty
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At what age does dependent coverage end?

Dependent CoverageHere are opinions from Wiki s Contributors:
  • Dependent coverage lasts until age 22 on a family policy.
  • In most states, dependent coverage lasts until a child is 18. Although most insurance carriers will let you keep your child under the coverage with specific stipulations - in other words it will cost more. It really depends on the company and the circumstances such as student status, disabilities, etc.
AnotherI think the answer will depend on the type of insurance as well.

Medical is generally 18 unless the child is a full-time student. Do watch how they define an acceptable learning institution (for instance some may not accept trade schools etc). All will require the child drop off at some age even if they remain a full-time student, generally 22 to 24. IMPORTANT note here: If the parents policy is an individual plan and not a group plan check carefully to see if there is a conversion provision that allows the child to convert to the same plan the parents are on without proving medical eligibility. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes while an eligible student on my individual plan. She has a right to convert to her own policy on the same plan we are on within 30 days of a qualifying event (on our policy graduation from college or reaching age 24), guaranteed issue. The insurance company would otherwise never insure a Type 1 diabetic.

Auto is quite different. If the child lives at home and the parents have a legal interest in the car then they can remain on the policy almost indefinately.

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Can someone with ADHD join the military?

Yes, with conditions. The United States Military generally avoids recruiting people that require a daily medication for an illness (such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, and ADHD).

It is best if you take a daily medication to discontinue use for a year before you apply to join the army. If you do not require medication and can pass all the requirements elsewhere you can join the US army. However, those who currently take medication are not accepted.

US Presidents
Barack Obama
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Did Barack Obama dodge the Draft?

No, this is an internet myth, and it's not very logical. During the last war when there was a draft-- Vietnam-- in the 1960s, Barack Obama was a young child (he was born in 1961). By the time he was in his teens and old enough to join the military, the Vietnam War had been over for a while. There were no other wars at that time, and there was no draft either, since the US had gone to an all-volunteer force. Barack Obama went to college, and did not "dodge" anything.

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How do you tell a fake marine?

if he cant show a uniform to prove it. if hes a disrespectful slack-jaw. if he cant tell you were he went to boot camp. if he cant tell you were he was stationed at what time and what his dutys were when he was there. if hes a skinny boy or fat man.

marines usually have big muscles, short haircuts, they are respectful and lots of cursing comes from a marines mouth unless hes religous.

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Who do you report lying about military service to?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, although I would recommend you contact the POW Network (see related link at the bottom) first, let them determine if it's a prosecutable case under the Stolen Valour Act, and let them take it from there. In your e-mail to them, give a full account of who they are, and what their claims are. They will then file a Freedom of Information Act request for their military service records, to determine whether or not there is any truth to this person's claims.


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