What is Military: Definition and 114 Discussions

A military, also known collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intended for warfare. It is typically officially authorized and maintained by a sovereign state, with its members identifiable by their distinct military uniform. It may consist of one or more military branches such as an army, navy, air force, space force, marines, or coast guard. The main task of the military is usually defined as defence of the state and its interests against external armed threats.
In broad usage, the terms armed forces and military are often treated as synonymous, although in technical usage a distinction is sometimes made in which a country's armed forces may include both its military and other paramilitary forces. There are various forms of irregular military forces, not belonging to a recognized state; though they share many attributes with regular military forces, they are less often referred to as simply military.

A nation's military may function as a discrete social subculture, with dedicated infrastructure such as military housing, schools, utilities, logistics, hospitals, legal services, food production, finance, and banking services. Beyond warfare, the military may be employed in additional sanctioned and non-sanctioned functions within the state, including internal security threats, population control, the promotion of a political agenda, emergency services and reconstruction, protecting corporate economic interests, social ceremonies and national honour guards.The profession of soldiering as part of a military is older than recorded history itself. Some of the most enduring images of classical antiquity portray the power and feats of its military leaders. The Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BC was one of the defining points of Pharaoh Ramses II's reign, and his monuments commemorate it in bas-relief. A thousand years later, the first emperor of unified China, Qin Shi Huang, was so determined to impress the gods with his military might that he had himself buried with an army of terracotta soldiers.
The Romans paid considerable attention to military matters, leaving to posterity many treatises and writings on the subject, as well as many lavishly carved triumphal arches and victory columns.

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  1. Strato Incendus

    Writing: Input Wanted Civilians in Space vs. Professionalism and Military Decorum

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  2. L

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  3. G

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  4. M

    Writing: Input Wanted Does this sound like a rip off of Halo?

    Does this sound too close to being a rip off of Halo. By the 23rd Century, a special component spread out over the Naval Defense Force, Ground Defense Forces, and United Space Force is SPARTAN or SPecial Assault opeRations TeAms Network. SPARTAN is broken up into 10 Units, the GDF has 5, the...
  5. fresh_42

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  6. Matsukaze

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  7. AJSayad

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  8. L

    Writing: Input Wanted Looking for Insight into an Obscure Type of Military Laser

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  9. Tjcarney

    Programs Applied Math or Electrical Engineering (Active Duty Military)

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  10. AirmanX

    Programs Returning to Physics After 4 Years: Should I Refresh or Push On?

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  11. Quentin_alex

    Engineering Materials engineer in the military as a civilian

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  12. S

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  13. D

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  14. Andrehm99

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  15. Zeppelin34

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  16. J

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  17. J

    Engineering US military career change to engineering and need advice

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  19. T

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  20. G

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  21. Borek

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  22. J

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  23. TNesher

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  24. L

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  26. Astronuc

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  27. S

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  32. A

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  33. A

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  34. J

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  35. Ivan Seeking

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  36. J

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  37. T

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  38. T

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  39. D

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  40. nismaratwork

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  41. J

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  42. F

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  43. Mech_Engineer

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  44. A

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  45. E

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  46. O

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  47. A

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  48. G

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  49. K

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