Saint Barbara is the patron saint of Marine artillerymen. She is also recognized by Marine Corps Aviation ordnancemen. Saint Michael is the patron saint of the armed forces.
The daughter of a wealthy pagan, Barbara was tortured and beheaded by her father after converting to Christianity around 300 A.D. Her father was struck dead by a bolt of lightning after he committed this crime. Saint Barbara was adopted by 17th century gunners and is today recognized as the patron saint of artillerymen. December 4th is recognized as Saint Barbara's Day; it is celebrated with a feast and the induction of new Marine artillerymen.Learn More
A second lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer in the United States Army, Marine Corp and Air Force. In the Army and Marine Corp, a second lieutenant is in command of a platoon of between 16 and 44 soldiers. In the Air Force, a second lieutenant supervises flights of varying sizes as the flight commander or assistant flight commander, or he works in an administrative position.Full Answer >
Marine basic training is the initial training new recruits are required to complete in the U.S. Marine Corps. Basic training lasts slightly longer than 12 weeks, and it is divided into three basic phases: basic learning, rifle training and field training.Full Answer >
The Army's phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in radio or telephone transmissions, beginning with Alfa for A, Bravo for B and ending with Yankee for Y and Zulu for Z. These words help to prevent similar-sounding letters from being mistaken for one another.Full Answer >
Overall, the United States has the most powerful military on Earth, according to an analysis of the strength of 35 nations by Global Firepower and an infographic produced by Business Insider. However, other nations lead in individual categories such as personnel, equipment and weaponry.Full Answer >