Watch the Hog in action. The 30mm rounds travel faster than the speed of sound so there is a distinct noise the enemy hears before the A-10 unleashes its fury below.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The only United States Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support of ground forces, the A-10 was built to attack tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses.
The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a 30 mm rotary cannon that is the airplane’s primary armament and the heaviest such automatic cannon mounted on an aircraft. The A-10’s airframe was designed for survivability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor for protection of the cockpit and aircraft systems that enables the aircraft to continue flying after taking significant damage. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to the A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration. Read more
I’ve had a few requests for more than once a week for the MILspeak list so I’ll throw one in mid-week in addition to Monday. I appreciate the feedback, Enjoy!
Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage. Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.
**NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.
- Brylcreem Boys (U.K). Royal Air Force pilots, who were renowned for wearing brylcreem on their hair \”A little dab’ll do ya!\”, originated during WW2.
- Bubblehead Any person serving on a submarine or in the Submarine Service a reference to decompression sickness. Read more
Hello. I changed the blogs appearance recently and I noticed that the TERMS on my MILspeak posts are not showing up. I originally bolded them in black but the background is now black. I went through most of them and fixed them, but there are some I missed. If you come across one that cannot be read, please let me know in the comment section. Thanks guys! Have a great Sunday 🙂
FORT KNOX, KY – In an effort to increase soldiers’ interchangeability and world-wide assignment eligibility, the Army has announced that married individuals will no longer be considered for enlistment, and all active-duty married soldiers must divorce their spouses within thirty days or be subject to administrative separation in accordance with AR 600-8-2.
Dependents must return to their home of record at their own expense.
“What we’re seeing is an awful lot of dependents in the Army community, who – let’s be honest – contribute nothing to military readiness,” said Army Secretary John McHugh to reporters. “They distract our married soldiers from putting the mission first, and they suck up a huge amount of resources.
”McHugh pointed to Army spouse and family wellness programs like the Family Readiness Group, the MyCAA spouse-education program, Army Community Services, and the Army Family Action Plan, which cost the Army roughly $475 million a year to maintain. “In addition, you have the DEERS system and the DoDDS school system, which cost a fortune, plus the massive costs involved in providing healthcare, exchange and commissary services to dependents. There’s also the higher cost-of-living allowances and all the other allotments to which married soldiers are entitled. Read more