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If you've ever talked on a call with bad reception or with someone in a loud place, you know how difficult it can be to communicate using regular English. Many words sound similar and can be easily misunderstood, and the same is true for a few letters if you attempt to spell something out. Clear, expedient communication is vital to any military operation, and the everyday method of conveying ideas isn't always suitable. Without a solid un... more
You probably won't be court-martialed in basic training. It's also unlikely that you'll be punished under the provisions of Article 15 while in basic training(unless you commit a serious crime, such as stealing). Because you're still learning in basic training, you're given a break. In most cases, documentation of any punishment is destroyed when you graduate, and nobody will even know it happened, unless you elect to tell them. Yelling ... more
Unlike the other U.S. military services, which organize servicemembers according to ranks, the Coast Guard, like the Navy, organizes its force according to rates and grades. Like the other branches the Coast Guard uses E-1 to E-9 pay grade structures. The rate and grade of an enlisted Coast Guardsman can be identified by rating badge (found on the left sleeve of the Coast Guard dress uniforms). The rating badge is a combination of an eagle, ra... more
In addition to judicial and nonjudicial actions, commanding officers can elect to choose among several administrative sanctions for those who break the rules. Counseling Commanders and supervisors have the authority to counsel subordinates. Counseling can be both positive (atta-boy) or negative (don't ever do that again). Counseling can be either verbal or written. Unfortunately, in the military, positive counseling is usually verbal (c... more
Evidence of the first use of military uniforms dates back to circa 200 BC and the Spanish warriors who faced Hannibal. Of course the first U.S. Military uniforms date back to 1779 when General George Washington chose to use the blue uniform coat with state facing colors, and white waistcoat and breeches. The U.S. blue uniform was in direct contrast to the red uniforms of the British Army. To this day the blue uniform is part of the Military b... more
One of the most important choices you will make when joining the military is what job you want to do. With hundreds of jobs to choose from, it can be very tough to narrow it down to just one. This section will give you some insight into many of the different jobs each service has to offer.