September 7th, 2008

AFJROTC, 1980's/90's

I have a 17-year-old high school senior enrolled in JROTC courses focused on Air Force. I haven't decided on whether I want this to be in the 1980's or 1990's, or where in the US I want this to be.

Basically, I want to know the following:
1) Provided she's taken 3 years worth of JROTC and recieved few demerits, how likely would it be for her to be fairly high ranking in senior year?
2) What is the military ball like? From what I've found online, it seems to be mandatory. Also, how much suspicion would be placed on her for not being the least bit interested in the guys? (She's very career-minded, never considered dating and is so firmly in the closet that she hasn't a clue yet.)
3) What do JROTC activities entail, especially for the AF branch? I've read mention of military science and "leadership training," whatever that means (I had something called that in scouts, but it was extremely vague), and service learning projects, but not a lot of it is very clear. Is there more that isn't regularly mentioned?
4) Is there any training specific to the AF branch that wouldn't be in any of the other branches?
5) Anything else I should know about?

I've rummaged through Google and Wiki for info, and while I've found some really good info and interesting accounts, what I'm really looking for is to hear from people with personal experience, good and bad.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Russian pet names for siblings

Okay, I'm writing a story that involves two brothers. One's 15, the other's 12. Alexei is the older, Dima the younger. I need 3 things:

1: Something that a younger brother would call an older brother. A nickname or endearment. Dima looks up to his brother as his hero, and it'd be nice if the term could reflect that, but honestly, at this point I'll take anything

2: Something that an older brother would call a younger brother. Another term of endearment, if you will.The boys are very close, and the older is very protective of the younger. So far, the only term I know of is Zaika, and I'm not sure if Dima, being 12, is too old for that? You can call boys Zaika, right?

(I'm sorry for my absolute density. The only person I can ask about these things is a twelve year old girl from Belarus who is only in America for six weeks out of a year and doesn't speak enough english for me to really express to her what I'm trying to ask for. Good grief, I don't even speak enough english for me to express what I'm asking for! And it's my mother tongue!)

3: Correct me if I'm wrong: A tender, diminutive form of Dima would be somewhere along the lines of 'Dimichka, or Dimochka'? And a tender, diminutive form of Alexei is 'Alyoshka, or Alyeshen'ka'? Which is more commonly used? Or is there another that I don't know about?

Ok, so can anybody help me? I'm deperate. I've googled EVERYTHING I could think of, and I still can't find anything. If anyone could help me out, I'd be so so so thankful.

Spaciba, in advance!



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Military holds

If you're a soldier, and one of your teammates starts freaking out, what's the most efficient way to pin 'em so that they won't hurt themselves until they calm down?

Present day, or near enough.

Edited to add some specifics: The pinner is an adult, in good shape, and a very old time traveler, so he can be given any kind of combat training that works. The pinnee is a skinny teenager, with no training at all; he's just flailing at random. Still, it's a situation where the pinner's going to snap into military mode.

It's indoors. The pinnee will get pinned to the floor. He's already tripped and fallen when the pinner goes into action.

So you see this isn't a huge challenge on the pinner's part. I'm just bad with choreography, and could use some aid.

Any help is appreciated!

Achilles tendon injury in Viking

I have a big, tough, war hardened Viking around abouts in the 1100's.

He's been in a ton of battles before, and knows how to handle himself. He's a Viking "prince", if you will, and is probably one of the better warriors out on the battle field. One day, while he's happily slicing and dicing the enemy's army, he gets slashed across his right calf and ankle in a sort of diagonal way. It messes up his Achilles tendon, but doesn't completely tear it to shreds, as it's a rather superficial wound.

My questions: Is this possible, first of all? I want the tendon damaged, but I don't want the leg completely useless, either. Scarring, limping, and chronic pain are all spiffing! :D

Also, keeping in mind that medicine is pretty primitive at this point, and assuming my scenario is indeed possible, what would the wound look like when it's healed, aside from the scar from the actual wound? I had sort of pictured random little lumps of muscle not where they should be, and sort of hard to notice unless you happen to be studying both of his legs together. However, I'm not exactly a doctor, so I don't know! XD

Thanks in advance! :333