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Ever wondered what it's like to be a soldier? This section defines the people, technology and science used to equip soldiers. Articles here range from the technology of war and military snipers to gas masks and body armor.

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How Military Snipers Work

There's more to being a sniper than lining up your target in the crosshairs and pulling the trigger -- try lying in the same position for days at a time.


Why are drone pilots leaving the military?

 Why are drone pilots leaving the military?

Nearly a quarter of the Air Force pilots trained and authorized to fly drones quit their jobs each year. Find out why drone pilots are leaving the military. See more »

Does the U.S. military have rules about tattoos?

 Does the U.S. military have rules about tattoos?

The U.S. military enforces many rules on appearance -- tattoos included. Find out why the Army's tattoo policy was so controversial at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Works

 How Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Works

Post-traumatic stress disorder was first described by a doctor treating patients during the Civil War. Learn about post-traumatic stress disorder. See more »

5 Technical Innovations in the War on Terrorism

 5 Technical Innovations in the War on Terrorism

Learn about new antiterror technologies developed to identify and diffuse potential terrorist threats. See more »

Quiz: How do bomb-sniffing dogs work?

 Quiz: How do bomb-sniffing dogs work?

Bomb-sniffing dogs risk life and paw each day to protect the public. Test your knowledge of bomb-sniffing dogs with this quiz. See more »

 How are conventional and unconventional warfare different?

The U.S. Navy SEALs exemplify unconventional warfare. Find out how conventional and unconventional warfare differ in this article. See more »

How War Dogs Work

 How War Dogs Work

War dogs are an important part of the military. Learn how war dogs work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Sit, Stay, Think: Sniff Out the Answers in Our War Dog Quiz

 Sit, Stay, Think: Sniff Out the Answers in Our War Dog Quiz

War dogs are an important component of military operations. Test your knowledge with this war dog quiz. See more »

Is war murder?

 Is war murder?

Is war murder, or are soldiers exempt because of certain rules? Find out if war is murder in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

When and why did we invent war?

 When and why did we invent war?

Did humans invent war out of necessity, or was it invented purely to take advantage of someone else? Find out why we invented war in this article. See more »