Depression\Suicide\Deployment Stress\PTSD is\are very serious topics. If you're feeling as if you need help we will listen and try to help you out! However, keep in mind that nobody on Penny Arcade is equipped to help you in the same way a Behavioral Health Specialist is. See below for resources for obtaining help
- Your Local Chaplain - We all give Chaplain's crap in the Military because they're weird, quirky, and generally don't fit in amongst the merry band of Caveman/Neanderthals that make up the Military. However, the Chaplains are the best equipped and immediately accessible person to help you with any issues while being in the service. Anything you tell your Chaplain is strictly confidential, this means your CoC will not know what you tell that Chaplain (Unless you're thinking about harming yourself or others) Additionally, Chaplains have immediate resources and material readily available to give to you in order to begin the healing process.
- Military One Source - This one is my favorite. Everything here is absolutely free to military members. You can request to see a Specialist for 10 consultations absolutely free and your Chain of Command will never know about it.
- VA Website - The VA Website Offers a plethora of help for current and post military members.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE RULES
Couple of new rules
1. No bigoted language. witch-hunting, and keep rivalries to a minimum.
2. Keep discussions civil. We are all on the same side.
3. Do not violate OPSEC
4. Asking for or providing the answers to online or in-class military courses or tests is not allowed. This also applies to discussing exploits in course software.
5. Suggestions to do anything fraudulent, immoral or illegal are not tolerated.
6. Overtly political posts are not allowed. Do not come here asking for, "What does the military think about current societal political issues." Keep those questions to Debate and Discourse Please.
Note: Under each branch I've listed a few member who have voluntered to answer personal questions though PM's. Any of these people will be more then happy to help you, but by all means don't be afraid to post your question in the thread. It's participation that keeps it alive. The only change I've made is that due to OPSEC and countless security briefs, I've removed what everyone's Rank/MOS/Jobs are. If you want to add what your rank/job is, just PM me and I will update the post.
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The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven uniformed services.
The primary mission of the Army is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities ... in support of the National Security and Defense Strategies"..
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for providing force projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. In the civilian leadership structure of the United States military, the Marine Corps is a component of the Department of the Navy, often working closely with U.S. naval forces for training, transportation and logistic purposes; however, in the military leadership structure the Marine Corps is a separate branch. It is the smallest of the United States' armed forces in the Department of Defense. The Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the entire armed forces of many significant military powers; for example, it is larger than the active duty Israel Defense Forces or the whole of the British Army.
The United States Navy (USN) is the sea branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S. Navy also has the world's largest carrier fleet, with 11 in service and one under construction. The 21st century United States Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in such areas as East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It is a blue water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward areas during peacetime, and rapidly respond to regional crises, making it an active player in American foreign and defense policy.
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare, space warfare, and cyberwarfare branch of the U.S. armed forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed. In its 2009 Posture Statement the USAF articulates its primary goals as "Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power".
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction both domestically and in international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during time of war.
PA Military Thread Book Club
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture
by David Zucchino
Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death
by Jim Frederick
Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
by Stephen E. Ambrose
One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
by Nathaniel Fick, CPT (ret) (Known as the LT in Generation Kill).
Helmet for my Pillow
by Robert Leckie
With the Old Breed
by Eugene Sledge
The Long Gray Line
by Rick Atkinson
by Evan Wright
This Kind of War : The Classic Korean War History
by T. R. Fehrenbach, Gordon Sullivan
America's First Battles, 1776-1965 (Modern War Studies)
by Charles E. Heller (Editor), William A. Stofft (Editor)
A concise History of the United States Army, 1775-2000: 225 Years of Service to the Nation
by David W. Hogan, Jr.
The Face of Battle
by John Keegan
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young : Ia Drang : The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
by Harold G. Moore, Joseph Galloway (Contributor)
Once an Eagle : A Novel
by Anton Myrer
Citizen Soldiers : The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945
by Stephen E. Ambrose
The War to End All Wars : The American Military Experience in World War I
by Edward M. Coffman
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant,
by Ulysses Simpson Grant
The Years of MacArthur 1941-1945
by Clayton James
The Quiet Warrior : A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance (Classics of Naval Literature)
by Thomas B. Buell
One Hundred Days : The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander
Follow Me I : The Human Element in Leadership
by Aubrey S. Newman
Follow Me II : More on the Human Element in Leadership
by Aubrey S. Newman
Soldier and the State : The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations.
by Samuel P. Huntington
The Passing of the Night: My Seven Years As a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese, by Robinson Risner
10 Propositions Regarding Air Power
by Philip Meilinger
Lincoln on Leadership
by Donald Phillips
They Also Flew
By Lee Arbon
by Michael Shaara
This Kind of War
by T. R. Fehrenbach
Makers of the United States Air Force
by John L. Frisbee
By Geoffrey Perret
Embattled Courage : The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War
by Gerald F. Linderman
The Caine Mutiny : A Novel of World War II
by Herman Wouk
Deming Management Method
by Mary Walton, W. Edwards Deming
At Dawn We Slept : The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
by Gordon William Prange, Donald M. Goldstein , Katherine V. Dillon
First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
by Victor Krulak
Flight of the Intruder
by Stephen Coonts, Paul McCarthy
Miracle at Midway
by Gordon William Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon
The Price of Admiralty : The Evolution of Naval Warfare
by John Keegan
by Charles Brown MacDonald
Men Against Fire : The Problem of Battle Command in Future War
by S.L. Marshall
For the Common Defense : A Military History of the United States of America
by Peter Maslowski, Allan Reed Millett
Certain Victory : The U.S. Army in the Gulf War.
by Robert H. Scales
George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century
by Mark A. Stoler
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