I know software professionals with Masters degrees who’ve deployed to Iraq, and that’s not unusual. Here’s a comment from a serving officer on a Michelle Malkin post:
…94.4% of military members have a high school education or better, compared to 89% of their civilian equivalents…
Generally, you must have a high school diploma to join the military as an enlisted man. You must have a college degree to become an officer.
In the Air Force, I met a fair number of sergeants with bachelor’s degrees, some master’s degrees, and even a couple PhDs. I don’t see the same in the civilian blue collar work force.
As an officer, you must earn a master’s degree to win promotion to major, which comes at the 13 year point. That means all the mid-level managers in the officer corps have graduate degrees…In the Air
Force, one out of eleven officers, have doctorates or professional degrees.
Here’s some of the complex-but-lethal equipment they use (my formating)
Several hundred hummers in Iraq and Afghanistan have a special gun turret. From a distance, the hummer looks like just another vehicle with a .50 caliber machine-gun mounted in a turret.
But those special turrets contain the M707 Knight Precision Targeting System. Added to the turret are:
– a laser designator (for laser guided bombs or missiles),
– a laser rangefinder,
– a thermal imager (for seeing at night or in bad weather),
– an inertial/GPS navigation system (which also supplies information for smart bombs),
– communications gear,
– and computers for quickly taking data from the laser range finder, and transmitting it to a bomber overhead, which then drops the smart bomb (GPS guided or laser homing) on the target.
Think of it as; point, calculate, transmit and shoot…The M707 system was introduced in 2005, and now, about 200 are in use, and hundreds more are on order.