Bob Ross was a Master Sergent in the US Airforce. He was required to be “mean and tough,” to be “the guy who scream at you for being late to work.” After 20 years he left the military and decided “he would never scream again.” 3 years later he started “The Joy of Painting”.
A decade before the SR-71 first flew, the Military had a Mach 4.3 capable Ramjet created to test its own air defenses. It was so effective, it was cancelled to avoid embarrassing the military’s own air defenses any further. The man who designed it went on to create the SR-71 spyplane.
This year, the U.S. government will allocate over 600 billion dollars to the Department of Defense. In contrast, NASA will receive just over 17 billion dollars in funding.
There are 8,400 attack helicopters in the world. The US owns 6,400 of them. Also, the US has 10 aircraft carriers. The rest of the world also has 10….combined.
A US Army Special Forces officer killed in 2006, unmarried, with financially independent family, had willed his Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance policy benefits to the men of his unit, so that they could throw a party in his honor in Vegas should he be killed in action.
Former US Secretary of State, political scientist and Nobel prize winner Henry Kissinger quoted saying “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” He never denied saying that.
Males in the United States are still legally required to register for the draft within 30 days of their 18th birthday and can be fined up to $250000 for non-compliance.
Swedish 20 year old once bought a military uniform with the sergeants grading still on. He managed to attend a live fire exercise for three days.
The U.S. military has banned the use of ‘toe shoes’ because of ‘image concerns’.