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Postby evitherator » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:18 pm

Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good books that painted a good picture of life in the military. I am planning a book where the first half of the story takes place in a military base in peace time. I would have started writing this already but I am really not sure what day-to-day activities a person in the military would do. I have a general idea but I want to be specific when I put this down.

Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Military day-to-day life

Postby who me » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:35 am

That really depends on the persons MOS (Military Occupation Specialties).
Where and what the base installation is like, and if the person lives on base or off.
and what rank they have.

generally a military base is allot like living in a small town.

you have a PX Post exchange that is where you buy clothing and stuff.
the commissary where you bye food, think of any supermarket its like that.

and you always have to have your military ID with you. every one has one, wives and kids i have even seen a dog with his own ID card.

you need to show your card to go on to base and to go into most stores, and allot of the buildings.

if you give us some detail we can probably help you more.
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Re: Military day-to-day life

Postby evitherator » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:10 pm

first of all thank you for your help.
I wanted the main character to be a private in the army just starting out. He has no special skills and lives on base.
The base would have a helicopter pad. How small could I theoretically make the base if it would have room for a helicopter, or need one?
Thanks again for any input.
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Re: Military day-to-day life

Postby The Master » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:20 pm

I think most people that use military settings draw from their own real life experiences so you have set yourself a real challenge. If you know anyone that has served I would absolutely begin with interviewing them.

Amazon search is helpful, with this book sounding like just what you might be looking for as a reference.
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Re: Military day-to-day life

Postby who me » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:10 pm

evitherator wrote:first of all thank you for your help.
I wanted the main character to be a private in the army just starting out. He has no special skills and lives on base.
The base would have a helicopter pad. How small could I theoretically make the base if it would have room for a helicopter, or need one?
Thanks again for any input.


well the smallest out post I ever herd of was a 8 men. they were on a small pacific island in the signal core.
once a month a ship stopped by and brought supplies.
but they only stayed there six months.

only a officer can be a pilot.

then there is the question of is it a heliport, helistop, or helipad.

a heliport must have maintenance and refueling facility's.

the actual landing area is determined by the largest helicopter to land there OR number of helicopters landing and taking off at any time.
a Bell 222 helicopter with an overall length of 51 ft. is a example of a mid sized helicopter.

one base we were at the football field doubled as the helicopter landing zone.

as a private you can expect to live in the barracks.
most likely he would share a room with some body else, showers and bathroom would be at the end of the hall.
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Re: Military day-to-day life

Postby evitherator » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:44 pm

This is all helpful! Thank you both so much.

I do realize this is a challenge but I think that having the story take place on base with military persons is a lot better than civilians. The story is apocalyptic and the breakdown of the military system is (I think) an essential part to the story.

And thanks for the helicopter/small base info. I may have to change the setting to match a place where a small base would be.

Thanks again.
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