History UsefulNotes / YanksWithTanks

10th Mar '17 6:30:49 AM Taskmaster123
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In the Navy and Coast Guard, a Captain is the equivalent of an Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Colonel. They're often referred to as a "full-bird Captain", as well, to distinguish them from Army/Marine/Air Force Captains. This is also due to the fact that the commanding officer of a ship or installation is always addressed as "Captain," even if their ''actual'' rank is something else. (In the novel ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', a Mobile Infantry Captain is addressed by Naval personnel using the courtesy title of "Major" to avoid addressing him by "[[TheCaptain the title reserved for the one and only monarch]]." The [=MIs=] themselves regard this as somewhat silly, and only do it when they're "forward of [bulkhead] fifty" ... i.e. in the Navy part of the ship, as opposed to the aft section where the [=MIs=] are quartered.) Like in the Army, similar ranks tend to be conflated: USN/USCG Lieutenant Commanders and Commanders are both generally addressed as "Commander," and both Lieutenants junior grade and full-on Lieutenants are called "Lieutenant."

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In the Navy and Coast Guard, a Captain is the equivalent of an Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Colonel. They're often referred to as a "full-bird Captain", as well, to distinguish them from Army/Marine/Air Force Captains. Navy Captains who visit Army or Air Force bases are used to being addressed as "Colonel", usually by very junior enlisted personnel who see the Eagle denoting their rank and simply don't have the experience to know the difference. This is also due to the fact that the commanding officer of a ship or installation is always addressed as "Captain," even if their ''actual'' rank is something else. (In the novel ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', a Mobile Infantry Captain is addressed by Naval personnel using the courtesy title of "Major" to avoid addressing him by "[[TheCaptain the title reserved for the one and only monarch]]." The [=MIs=] themselves regard this as somewhat silly, and only do it when they're "forward of [bulkhead] fifty" ... i.e. in the Navy part of the ship, as opposed to the aft section where the [=MIs=] are quartered.) Like in the Army, similar ranks tend to be conflated: USN/USCG Lieutenant Commanders and Commanders are both generally addressed as "Commander," and both Lieutenants junior grade and full-on Lieutenants are called "Lieutenant."
8th Mar '17 10:38:17 AM nombretomado
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* The '''M1 Abrams'''' is America's main battle tank. It was born to defend bottlenecks in West Germany like the Fulda Gap and Hof Corridor during the Cold War from the relatively inexpensive and even more numerous Soviet tanks. That's why the first iteration of the Abrams, rolled out in 1981, had features like Chobham composite laminate armor[[note]]Disputed. Some say it's only the original M1 that uses it, while others claim it always has been using another type of Depleted Uranium based armor that is very similar to the English Chobham armor. Nevertheless, the way the armor works is supposed to be very similar to how Chobham is described to work[[/note]], a FLIR sensor suite (''very'' expensive for the time), laser rangefinder and ballistic computer. It got the last piece of its original wish list with the [=M1A1=], replacing the older 105mm/L52 M68 rifled main gun with the [[{{BFG}} German Rheinmetall 120mm/L44 smoothbore main gun]], licensed-made as the M256. The Abrams is also powered by a gas turbine. It's so fast that the Army puts a governor on the engine to keep them from speeding. With the governor removed, it can reach 70mph on a decent road--even though it weighs 68 tons. That's putting the "lightning" in LightningBruiser. Unfortunately, this means it's also a gas guzzler (roughly 1 gallon per mile, and it takes 10 gallons just to ''start'' the engine), and its speed leads to problems like having an entire Abrams unit run out of fuel and wait for five hours for fuel trucks to arrive. [[note]]Oops...:The unit happened to be in downtown Baghdad at the time surrounded by hostiles and with only a few Bradleys as back-ups.[[/note]] On the other hand, its engine can accept most any commonly available flammable or combustible liquids as a fuel, compared to a diesel engine needing well, diesel. In a nonfiction book of his (Armored Cav), Creator/TomClancy recounted a story of an Abrams tank in the Gulf War. Having been immobilized by an enemy shot while deep in hostile territory, the crew of the tank found themselves in what military experts would call "a crappy situation". In the space of thirty seconds or so the immobilized tank destroyed four enemy tanks, two of which got shots off, hitting the tank but completely bouncing off of its proprietary DU-laced armor. When reinforcements arrived they decided it was too much trouble to lug the tank back, and decided to destroy it on site. The American tanks took turns shooting another 8 or 9 times before the turret was penetrated, detonating the ammo stocks--which had little effect due to the blowout hatches installed. The tank's turret was taken back to the US for analysis while the chassis was refit with another turret and returned to action in a week. That's some serious armor. In another example contained in David Zucchino's book, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, one of the Abrams was disabled by enemy fire. Forces attempting to destroy it on-site set off thermite grenades in the main hatch, detonating both the explosives and the ammunition stored in the tank. This was followed by the tank receiving a HEAT round from another Abrams, and then an AGM-65 Maverick anti-armor missile, as well as two AGM Hellfire missiles were fired via gunship into the tank. The end result? The interior of the tank was demolished, but its armor and exterior appeared relatively unharmed. This tank's a God-damned "[[MechWarrior Battlemech]]".

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* The '''M1 Abrams'''' is America's main battle tank. It was born to defend bottlenecks in West Germany like the Fulda Gap and Hof Corridor during the Cold War from the relatively inexpensive and even more numerous Soviet tanks. That's why the first iteration of the Abrams, rolled out in 1981, had features like Chobham composite laminate armor[[note]]Disputed. Some say it's only the original M1 that uses it, while others claim it always has been using another type of Depleted Uranium based armor that is very similar to the English Chobham armor. Nevertheless, the way the armor works is supposed to be very similar to how Chobham is described to work[[/note]], a FLIR sensor suite (''very'' expensive for the time), laser rangefinder and ballistic computer. It got the last piece of its original wish list with the [=M1A1=], replacing the older 105mm/L52 M68 rifled main gun with the [[{{BFG}} German Rheinmetall 120mm/L44 smoothbore main gun]], licensed-made as the M256. The Abrams is also powered by a gas turbine. It's so fast that the Army puts a governor on the engine to keep them from speeding. With the governor removed, it can reach 70mph on a decent road--even though it weighs 68 tons. That's putting the "lightning" in LightningBruiser. Unfortunately, this means it's also a gas guzzler (roughly 1 gallon per mile, and it takes 10 gallons just to ''start'' the engine), and its speed leads to problems like having an entire Abrams unit run out of fuel and wait for five hours for fuel trucks to arrive. [[note]]Oops...:The unit happened to be in downtown Baghdad at the time surrounded by hostiles and with only a few Bradleys as back-ups.[[/note]] On the other hand, its engine can accept most any commonly available flammable or combustible liquids as a fuel, compared to a diesel engine needing well, diesel. In a nonfiction book of his (Armored Cav), Creator/TomClancy recounted a story of an Abrams tank in the Gulf War. Having been immobilized by an enemy shot while deep in hostile territory, the crew of the tank found themselves in what military experts would call "a crappy situation". In the space of thirty seconds or so the immobilized tank destroyed four enemy tanks, two of which got shots off, hitting the tank but completely bouncing off of its proprietary DU-laced armor. When reinforcements arrived they decided it was too much trouble to lug the tank back, and decided to destroy it on site. The American tanks took turns shooting another 8 or 9 times before the turret was penetrated, detonating the ammo stocks--which had little effect due to the blowout hatches installed. The tank's turret was taken back to the US for analysis while the chassis was refit with another turret and returned to action in a week. That's some serious armor. In another example contained in David Zucchino's book, Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, one of the Abrams was disabled by enemy fire. Forces attempting to destroy it on-site set off thermite grenades in the main hatch, detonating both the explosives and the ammunition stored in the tank. This was followed by the tank receiving a HEAT round from another Abrams, and then an AGM-65 Maverick anti-armor missile, as well as two AGM Hellfire missiles were fired via gunship into the tank. The end result? The interior of the tank was demolished, but its armor and exterior appeared relatively unharmed. This tank's a God-damned "[[MechWarrior "[[VideoGame/MechWarrior Battlemech]]".
23rd Feb '17 11:22:45 PM PsychWardWalker
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* Leave us not forget the Lockheed '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_Lightning P-38 Lightning]]'''. It was originally meant to be a short-range, heavily armed interceptor - a flying anti-aircraft gun, if you will. Lockheed was initially planning on a limited run of the planes (based on the initial proposal, they expected that they would be constructing a mere 50 Lightnings), but the Air Force was suitably impressed with the performance of the prototype XP- and YP-38s that they saw fit to expand both its role in the war and the number of Lightnings to be constructed. In addition to becoming one of the first truly multi-role fighter planes - while its primary role was escort and interception, it also took part in dive-bombing, level-bombing, ground-attack, and photo-reconnaissance missions - it was also the plane used to "get Yamamoto".

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* Leave us not forget the Lockheed '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_Lightning P-38 Lightning]]'''. It was originally meant to be a short-range, heavily armed interceptor - a flying anti-aircraft gun, if you will. Lockheed was initially planning on a limited run of the planes (based on the initial proposal, they expected that they would be constructing a mere 50 Lightnings), but the Air Force was suitably impressed with the performance of the prototype XP- and YP-38s that they saw fit to expand both its role in the war and the number of Lightnings to be constructed. In addition to becoming one of the first truly multi-role fighter planes - while its primary role was escort and interception, it also took part in dive-bombing, level-bombing, ground-attack, and photo-reconnaissance missions - it was also the plane used to "get Yamamoto". The Germans refered to it as the "Forked-tailed Devil".
5th Feb '17 6:30:12 PM alezfilm869
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The US military is so powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military[[labelnote:*]]4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies[[/labelnote]]. The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions[[labelnote:*]]the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83[[/labelnote]]. After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.

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The US military is so ''so'' powerful because theirs is the world's single-largest economy, and the equivalent value of 4% of everything bought and sold in the country is spent on the military[[labelnote:*]]4% of GDP, about twice the figure of similarly well-developed economies[[/labelnote]]. The USA's spending on its military has generally remained above this level since about 1940, when it first decided to field a military on the same level as the other Great Powers of the day, and the cumulative effect of this high spending has been an increase of its capabilities. The USA's WorldWarTwo and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold-War military budgets were much higher]] than today's, and when paired with US belligerency scared the Soviets so much it nearly resulted in WorldWarThree on two notable occasions[[labelnote:*]]the 'Cuban Crisis' of '62 and 'Able Archer Exercise' of '83[[/labelnote]]. After the conciliatory atttitude of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan laid Soviet fears of annihilation to rest, the USSR's long-term high military expenses (previously needed to keep up with the US) caught up with her and contributed to her relatively peaceful self-dismemberment and suicide.
14th Jan '17 6:07:44 PM ZoeticRoo
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* The '''Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II''', aka the Joint Strike Fighter. A new multirole fighter, [[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-35-int.htm co-produced with the UK, and several other nations]]. It's a return to [=McNamara's=] ideal of a single plane serving all branches of the armed forces, and has three different variants: a standard version for the Air Force, a carrier based version for the Navy, and a vertical take off/landing version for the Marine Corps. Like the F-22, it has stealth capability, though not to the Raptor's extent. The USAF intends for the F-35 to fill the "workhorse ground-attack machine" niche the F-16 filled in the Fourth Generation, with the F-22 replacing the F-15 the same way. Though initially billed as a bargain, recent developments suggests that due to delays (including some changes in weapon bay requirements), the plane won't be that much cheaper than the F-22. The estimated initial operating capability date is in the 2016-2017 timeframe.

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* The '''Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II''', aka the Joint Strike Fighter. A new multirole fighter, [[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-35-int.htm co-produced with the UK, and several other nations]]. It's a return to [=McNamara's=] ideal of a single plane serving all branches of the armed forces, and has three different variants: a standard version for the Air Force, a carrier based version for the Navy, and a vertical take off/landing version for the Marine Corps. Like the F-22, it has stealth capability, though not to the Raptor's extent. The USAF intends for the F-35 to fill the "workhorse ground-attack machine" niche the F-16 filled in the Fourth Generation, with the F-22 replacing the F-15 the same way. Though initially billed as a bargain, recent developments suggests that due to delays (including some changes in weapon bay requirements), the plane won't be that much cheaper than the F-22. The estimated initial operating capability date is in the 2016-2017 timeframe. By this time, F-35 unit costs have fallen dramatically, with all three variants expected to fall near or below $100 million a pop once they reach full production.
14th Jan '17 2:05:32 PM ZoeticRoo
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*Ballistic missile defenses. The lion's share of BMD technology is American in origin. The Navy's Standard Missile 3, on top of defending USN and Japanese cruisers and destroyers, is also based on land throughout Europe. The Army's THAAD system also protects American bases the world over. One of the only other significant BMD systems, that of Israel, is also heavily supported by the USA, monetarily and technologically. Suffice to say that US weaponry is the chief protection against the unlikely event of any sort of ballistic missile attack, regardless of source, for much of the globe.
14th Jan '17 1:33:57 PM ZoeticRoo
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*** The reasons for retiring the A-10 have grown steadily more rational over the years. The Warthog's fabled wing payloads are exceeded by newer fighters and planned attack aircraft. The GAU-8, while formidable against light armor and softer targets, has been imeffective against tanks from most angles for a long time; more importantly, flying low to use it exposes the A-10 to short range AA systems, which have gotten much, much more dangerous, as recent conflicts have delivered sophisticated man-portable systems to even relatively small rebel groups. A-10's fabled toughness serves it well, but other candidates for these missions are fully configured to avoid shots instead of withstanding them by striking from safer altitudesand distances; A-10 can do this as well, but has a huge amount of weight on board that is designed for a more primitive form of war. Features like a titanium bathtub and a 30mm cannon with seven barrels have been rendered obsolete by low-weight, high-accuracy smart bombs that can deal with armored and unarmed threats from a safe distance, with a low risk of colateral damage.
16th Nov '16 7:19:17 PM dlchen145
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* Special Operations units will usually be depicted as a separate breed compared to everyone else. They're either depicted as {{badass}}es, or they are [[WorfEffect handed a red shirt to demonstrate just how deadly the villain is]].

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* Special Operations units will usually be depicted as a separate breed compared to everyone else. They're either depicted as {{badass}}es, badasses, or they are [[WorfEffect handed a red shirt to demonstrate just how deadly the villain is]].



There are specific but very noteworthy pieces of culture within the services, too. For example, from 1989 to 2004, the F-14 Tomcat squadrons in the Navy Air Corps released an annual ''Fighter Fling,'' a sort of yearbook turned into one long FanVid celebrating all the Tomcat squadrons by setting clips of them being {{Badass}} or [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Eared]] to whatever music was popular at the time. Some of these videos show up on Website/YouTube occasionally, but as is the case with modern anime/movie/video game-based {{Fan Vid}}s, they are often taken down thanks to DMCA (due to the music—the visual elements are public domain from their creation as U.S. government works).

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There are specific but very noteworthy pieces of culture within the services, too. For example, from 1989 to 2004, the F-14 Tomcat squadrons in the Navy Air Corps released an annual ''Fighter Fling,'' a sort of yearbook turned into one long FanVid celebrating all the Tomcat squadrons by setting clips of them being {{Badass}} badass or [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Eared]] to whatever music was popular at the time. Some of these videos show up on Website/YouTube occasionally, but as is the case with modern anime/movie/video game-based {{Fan Vid}}s, they are often taken down thanks to DMCA (due to the music—the visual elements are public domain from their creation as U.S. government works).
24th Sep '16 8:33:25 PM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".

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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".
9th Sep '16 9:32:51 AM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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*** Players of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2]] will fondly remember this as the ''Warthog'' scorestreak. This thing well deserved the point requirement to call it in, as the enemy team will most likely die every pass. Fittingly, it's call sign is "Reaper".
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