A gay Vietnam veteran once said “I got a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one”.
The U.S. military originally planned to provide personnel, vehicles, and costumes for the film ‘Independence Day’, but backed out after producers refused to remove the script’s Area 51 references.
Henry Moseley, the scientist that pioneered the concept of the atomic number, volunteered for combat duty in World War I, and was killed by a Turkish sniper. As a result of his death, scientists were later prevented from enlisting in the military.
When worn on deployment, US Flag patches on uniforms are infrared so soldiers can be identified as friendly by others looking through night vision goggles.
U.S. Marine Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated servicemen in American history, was a staunch critic of U.S. military endeavors, including his his own participation, saying “In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
Former Navy Secretary John Lehman stated that the F-22 is “safe from Cyber attack” because “No one in China knows how to program the ’83 vintage IBM software that runs them.”
The first stealth technology test failed. They couldn’t understand why until they noticed a bird sitting on the test object. They blew a loud horn, the bird flew off, and the test object disappeared from the radar screen showing stealth technology was a success.
Not only is adultery illegal in the US Military, but it is punishable by Dishonorable Discharge, loss of pay, and confinement up to a year.
The British Army considered (and attempted) training seagulls to poo on enemy submarines periscopes before realizing that seagulls don’t fly that far out to sea.
The 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed of largely Japanese American unit that served during WWII, did so while their families were held in internment camps. Their motto was “Go for Broke” and they were the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.