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U.S. Military 101
The basics of the United States Military, including the mission of the five military branches, organizational chain of command, and an overview of military ranks.
Surviving Military Boot Camp
Multi-part feature article about making it through military basic training.
DOD Inspector General
The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General was established by Congress in 1978 to serve as the principal adviser to the secretary of defense for matters relating to the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in the programs and operations of the Department.
Frequently Asked Questions
A list of questions and answers concerning questions about the United States Military that have been asked the most often in our message forum and via email.
Glossary of Military Terms
Over 6,800 military words and terms defined.
Origins of Hoorah in the U.S. Military
You can hear it echoing from the hallowed halls of Fort Benning, Ga.'s Infantry Center to the ranges at Fort Lewis, Wash. It is uttered at award ceremonies, bellowed from formations, and repeated before, during and after training missions. You can hear it shouted by Air Force Security Forces, Pararescue, and Combat Controllers. The word is thundered out by Navy SEALs, and by United States Marines (who pronounce it OohRah!). So, where did the term originate?
Many military members have the choice to live on-base or off-base. So, which is better? There is no clear answer. It depends on your branch of service, the base you're assigned to, the policies of your base/command, whether you are married or single, and whether you are a junior member or have a few years of service under your belt.
During my 23 years of active duty service, I've lived…
Readers Respond to DOD INSPECTOR GENERAL
Reader shares his experience with The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.
Readers Respond to HOORAH IN THE U.S. MILITARY
Reader sends out a Hoorah
U.S. Military Rank Insignia Charts
Rank insignia charts for the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as general information about military rank/rate and military rank history.