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Yes, when George H. W. Bush became a pilot, on June 9, 1943, 5 days before his 19th birthday, he was briefly the youngest pilot in the US Navy. However, a month later, Chuck Downey became a pilot on July 16, 1943, 17 days before his 19th birthday, taking over the record. On Friday, 89-year-old Chuck Downey sat down with President George H.W. Bush and his ...


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Our sister site, Law StackExchange, has this same question: Is it truly illegal for the US army to hire someone with IQ less than 83?, with a high-quality accepted answer. The answer is not a simple yes or no, but the claim is not too misleading: the assertion that the law prohibits people with an IQ score of 83 or less from serving in the U.S. military ...


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Yes, yes, and maybe. The island in question is Hans Island and is disputed territory between Canada and Denmark due to some historical quirks, According to World Atlas, Hans Island is located in the middle of the 22-mile wide Nares Strait, which separates Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, from Canada. Due to international law, all ...


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Mechanical Resonance Certain types of bridge are susceptible to mechanical resonance effects even when marching soldiers are not involved. Mechanical structures usually have one or more frequencies at which some part of the structure oscillates. A tuning fork has a well-defined natural frequency of oscillation. More complex structures may have a dominant ...


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By most standards, the answer is no. A navy, strictly defined, is an armed force for prosecuting warfare on bodies of water. The Walt Disney Company has no known ships that would meet this definition. For the sake of discussion, of course, we'll take navy as a jocular synonym for fleet, giving them a foot in the door. A second consideration is that a navy ...


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The original web-site provides references to both claims. From those references, we can see that the idea that the former claim is inaccurate, but the latter claims are accurate. It is not that the bibles themselves were too offensive (emphasis mine): volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally ...


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This graphic appears to be close to the source and lists items but not individual costs. I was able to find a breakdown from 2002 Here’s the breakdown: helmet, $322; uniform, $67.65; body armor, $1,620; nuclear, biological and chemical gear, $341.75, walkie-talkie, $578; boots, $105; M-16 rifle, $586; fully equipped rucksack, $1,031.15; This gives a total ...


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According to John McCain: A Biography (2009): His target that day was a solid one—the power plant in Hanoi, the heavily defended capital of North Vietnam John McCain (2001) has an aerial photograph of the target with the caption: The view from the air the day John McCain was shot down. His target, a power plant, lies on the right side of the lake, just ...


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This popular science article, generally backs up Peterson's claims. All military recruits must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to qualify for enlistment. The ASVAB is essentially an IQ test (correlation = 0.8). The ASVAB predicts SAT scores (correlation = .82). And it correlates with ACT scores (0.77). To qualify, recruits must ...


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The best I could confirm from official sources is this US CENTCOM tweet: Within 24 hours of the phone call between U.S. SECDEF and Turkish MINDEF to discuss security in northeast Syria, the SDF destroyed military fortifications, Aug 22. This demonstrates SDF's commitment to support implementation of the security mechanism framework.


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This story is sourced to Tyler Blake, professor CSU Northridge. The story is printed in Advances in Human-computer Interaction (1995) at page 94, and the reference for the story is given as Blake, T. (1985). Introduction to Principles and Techniques for Interface Design Tutorial Notes for CHI'85 tutorial. This corresponds to a tutorial by Tyler Blake ...


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There some additional photos of this round hole at this page (in russian): Good quality shoot from unknown source. Text in russian is: "А что значит это отверстие в правом боку подводной лодки" - "And what is meaning of this hole in right side of the submarine". It is clearly seen that hole has very sharp edges on its top and left sides. Also we can see ...


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While there's no proof, this seems like an incorrect assertion. Based on the wording, this most likely seems like either a typo (or simply a rather grammatically-challenged typist); or simply two independent targets to give certificate to (probably, the vendor and the asking unit). The latter appears to have evidence backing it up by a series of similar ...


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I started researching this out of interest and found essentially two stories. You'll have to decide on your own which you want to believe, because there's too little information to say conclusively either way. The Russian Story On the 21st Of April 2014, the Russian state-run Sputnik news agency reported that: Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest ...


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Update March 2020: It's five years later, and and eagle-eyed commenter pointed out that some documents on the matter have been declassified. Those seem to confirm my original conclusion: there were quite a few promises in oral discussions and meetings by Western foreign ministers, prime ministers and presidents. They were rarely stated precisely, but at the ...


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Unclear, but a still considered a serious problem. With the parameters of the statement provided, it is difficult to definitively confirm or refute it. In order to do so we would would need to know the time frames involved (e.g. one year versus the entire campaign) along with what "attacked by the enemy" means. The latter could be resolved through the use of ...


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King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle by forcing its front line, composed of criminals sentenced to death, to commit suicide by decapitating themselves. Unfortunately, Wikipedia did a poor job in translating Shiji. As pointed out by the OP and Wikipedia, the exact corresponding sentence in Chinese (second sentence of second ...


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There doesn't seem to be a set amount that is paid, but $1200 is approximately in the ballpark, if maybe a little low. Several sources online have given various different values for the amount paid out, and it seems to be determined on a number of factors. From an article from justsecurity.org In Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the U.S. military mistakenly ...


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See this article which includes pictures of the removal of fortifications. photo caption reads: A US service member observes as Syrian Democratic Forces remove military fortifications along the Turkey-Syria border, August 22, 2019. Image: US Army/Spc. Alec Dionne


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The Ming period Great Wall, which is the impressive one that tourists visit, generally has battlements on the north side, and parapets on the other so that the guards don't fall off. At Mutianyu, indeed, there are loopholes on both sides. However, even at Mutianyu, the crenels are often only on the north side, as you can see in this photo: Tourist websites ...


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Let's start by saying that all available evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) is not made (and not even modified) in a lab. There's a very good Bio SE question on this, which I see no point in rehashing here. So, that leaves us with a reduced theory that US has found a novel naturally occuring coronavirus and has weaponized it (to some ...


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The big complication here is that an individual soldier might have have a lot of equipment allocated to them which isn't necessarily in their possession or immediately available to them at any one time. One example is NBC protection equipment. For example a soldier may be issued with a respirator and a protective suit, respirator filters, decontamination ...


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Yes, at least sometimes. In the 2nd episode of the 2nd season of the British TV show Scrapheap Challenge the challenge was to build a cannon. They tested the cannons in a DERA facility where "real" cannons are tested, and the test was supervised and lead by DERA personal. When firing the second time, the host of the show asked the DERA person that was in ...


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Yes by some measure; no by others Operations Wikipedia maintains a list of U.S. military operations. Obviously not all "operations" are of equal size, but initiating fewer military actions is a reasonable interpretation of "using military force less." Counted by the date of their initiation: Jimmy Carter (1977-1980): 2 operations over 4 years Ronald ...


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There's a Scientific American article, Cost of Medical Care for Transgender Service Members Would Be Minimal, Studies Show, which cites two studies: One from the RAND Corporation: The study also estimated that the cost associated with medical care for gender transition would only increase military health care expenditures by between $2.4 million and $8.4 ...


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Does it work or not? So far Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corpy have not made public any clear evidence that "Quantum Stealth" material bends light or even exists. The product appears to be no more than a marketing concept. Unrelated researchers have been working on "invisibility cloaks" 1 2, but these seem to be far from practical. We can speculate that ...


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The most commonly known Kalashnikov weapon, so called because of the designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 is not used as a matter of course by US Special Forces. The M4 carbine or M16 rifle is currently the preferred choice, although it is on a long list of weapons. However, that is not to say that special forces are not trained in the use of the AK-47 ...


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The Swiss airforce monitors its airspace permanently, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. However, means to intervene in the form of airborne aircraft are usually available only during office hours. Exceptions to this rule include special security situations, such as during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. The last publicized case of a lack of ...


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The article in The Telegraph is dated August 10. This article from the US Air Force dated August 8 shows pictures of the pallets to be dropped over Sinjar, including this high-res photograph. In that photograph, the black bags on top look like parachutes. Figure 3-7 on page 3-8 of this document is an illustration of a folded parachute. Page 1-1 of ...


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Stealth is not invisibility. Rather, stealth gives the F-35 the ability to elude or greatly complicate an enemy’s ability to find and destroy an aircraft using a combination of design, tactics and technology. This website is maintained by Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35.


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