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Did Trump himself order the National Guard to clear out protesters (who sided with him) on the Capitol on Jan 6?

No, Trump did not order the National Guard to mobilize at that time. As The New York Times reported, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made the ultimate ...
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Was George H. W. Bush the "youngest pilot in the US Navy"?

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 ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

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 ...
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Are over 20 of the US Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden now dead?

This is not true. In August 2011, 38 people died in a single helicopter crash, including 15 members of NAVY SEALs' Team 6. The accident has been described as "the worst battlefield calamity in [the ...
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Do Danish and Canadian militaries exchange gifts on a disputed island?

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 ...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

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 ...
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What makes up $17,500 cost to outfit a U.S. Soldier mentioned in War Dogs?

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,...
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When John McCain was shot down was his mission to bomb a civilian light bulb factory?

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 ...
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Are over 20 of the US Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden now dead?

Like most conspiracy theories, this claim is unfalsifiable. The identities of the SEALs involved in the assault on Bin Laden's compound were not released to the press or the public -- in fact, the one ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

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 ...
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Has LSD 'been widely used in hospitals for the treatment of mental disorders'?

Yes, LSD has a history of psychiatric use In terms of the number of doses administered in an official clinical setting, it might not fit the definition of widely, but it has been tried out for wide ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

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 ...
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Did an experiment show none of 680 Air Force cadets were of "average" size?

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,...
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Were American female soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan more likely to be raped by their fellow soldiers than attacked by the enemy?

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 ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

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 ...
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Did NATO promise not to expand into Eastern and Central Europe?

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 ...
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Was Russian Su-24 fighter able to disable electronics aboard USS Donald Cook and thus lead to personnel aboard the ship to resign?

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 ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

No multi-megaton nuclear warhead ever has been exploded underwater, so the best we can hope for in the way of sources is "what is the research on this". Wikipedia: Underwater explosion -- ...
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Does the United States Army pay $1,200 per civilian killed to their family?

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 ...
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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?

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 ...
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Do loopholes in the Great Wall face the China side?

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, ...
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Is SARS-CoV-2 a biological weapon released by the US military?

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 ...
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Has there been a "buildup" of 175,000 Russian troops on the Ukraine border in January 2022?

The existence of the troop buildup is undisputed by everyone involved. All the major western powers agree, pretty much all news organizations agree. The Russians themselves do not deny it, even in the ...
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What makes up $17,500 cost to outfit a U.S. Soldier mentioned in War Dogs?

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 ...
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Is "five" removed from military countdowns because it sounds like "fire"?

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" ...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

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 ...
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Can Russia's Poseidon nuclear underwater drone create a 500 meter tidal wave?

Well, nobody has tested really, really big nuclear bombs underwater. But we do have some underwater tests we can look at. In 1946, the US tested a 21 kt bomb underwater in Operation Crossroads. You ...
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What is the economic burden of having transgender people in the US military?

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 ...
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Did a US Navy ship demand that a lighthouse get out of its path, thinking it was another ship?

It's fake. Until the last couple of lines, the script matches almost exactly the Snopes disproven internet joke: The Obstinate Lighthouse. That includes number of degrees, direction of suggested ...
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Is Switzerland vulnerable to aerial threats outside office hours?

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. ...
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