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.
Russia is opening a “Military Disneyland” that will allow guests to shoot military grade weapons and try out various military simulators.
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.