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.

What is water boarding?

In 2007, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey came under fire for refusing to classify water boarding as torture. What does water boarding entail? Does it work?

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  • Noncommissioned Officer

    Noncommissioned Officer

    Noncommissioned Officer, or NCO (also called Noncom), in military service, an enlisted man or woman holding a rank that gives him or her authority over other enlisted personnel. See more »

  • Privateer


    Privateer, a privately owned armed vessel commissioned in former times by a warring nation to seize enemy ships. See more »

  • Quartermaster


    Quartermaster, a term applied to certain officers in both the army and navy. See more »

  • Rank, Military or Naval

    Rank, Military or Naval

    Rank, Military or Naval, the grade held by members of the armed services, which indicates their official standing. See more »

  • Sergeant


    Sergeant, an army, air force, or marine noncommissioned officer ranking above a corporal; also a police officer ranking above a patrolman but below a lieutenant. See more »

  • Sergeant at Arms

    Sergeant at Arms

    Sergeant at Arms, the officer of an organization who preserves order during its meetings. See more »

  • Warrant Officer

    Warrant Officer

    Warrant Officer, a military and naval rank. In the United States armed forces, a warrant officer ranks between the lowest commissioned officer and the highest noncommissioned officer. See more »

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