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15 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day, observed on the fourth day of July each year, is one of America’s most celebrated holidays. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), which established the United States of America as its own, new nation, apart from the British Empire. Each year people all over America celebrate this holiday by engaging in many festive activities. Below we have listed 15 activities that you and your family can participate in as a way to honor Independence Day.

  1. Attend a 4th of July parade

  2. Host a BBQ for friends and family

  3. Decorate your lawn/house with American flags and patriotic colors

  4. Make your own American flag

  5. Attend an outdoor carnival

  6. Host a patriotic picnic

  7. Visit a local American history museum

  8. Wear red, white and blue attire

  9. Learn about the history of the American flag and flag folding protocol

  10. Find holiday themed arts and crafts projects for the kids

  11. Perform you own fireworks show

  12. Host a neighborhood cookout

  13. Decorate with red, white and blue

  14. Teach kids about the history of Independence Day

  15. Attend a fireworks display/show

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14 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor individuals who have lost their lives while serving our nation. For many Americans, Memorial Day is a reminder that there is a cost for freedom and unfortunately sometimes that cost results in the loss of the courageous lives of men and women in the service. Because of this, although Memorial Day has become somewhat of a fun and festive holiday, it is important that we don’t lose sight of the true reason we celebrate it. Here are 15 ways to celebrate Memorial Day and everything the holiday stands for:

 

  1. Take a trip to the cemetery to visit the graves of fallen soldiers.
  2. Take part in the National Moment of Remembrance (3 pm local time).
  3. Collect money for a veterans’ charity.
  4. Attend a Memorial Day parade.
  5. Host a family bar-b-que.
  6. Show your patriotism by sporting red, white, and blue.
  7. Create a care package for an oversees soldier.
  8. Organize a family picnic.
  9. Display the U.S. flag in your front yard.
  10. Decorate your home and yard
  11. Teach your children about the history of Memorial Day.
  12. Volunteer at a veterans’ hospital.
  13. Visit a military history museum.
  14. Place U.S. flags near tombstones of fallen soldiers.
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5 Ways to Show Members of the Military Appreciation

Members of the military sacrifice so much that showing them how thankful we are is vital. They spend months away from their families and are always on call all day. Their services can be requested for at any time, they are made to stay for as long as their services are needed, and in most cases, miss important events (like schools dance and performance), that we sometimes don’t see as important.

Upon joining the military, life changes completely. This is because the military shape people by teaching them bravery, humility, discipline, and many other lessons of life. Being part of the military take you away from your family and your comfort zone. Whether you are part of the military in one way or another or not, there are meaningful and easy ways you can appreciate our brave military members. Words, acts, and gestures mean the world to service members. A lot of citizen wants to show appreciation to service members but don’t know how to go about it. Here are five simple and meaningful ways to show the members of the military your appreciation:

1. Send a Soldier a Care Package: Virtually everyone loves to get a care package, especially a military member that is away from home. Be it a military member on deployment or away from home, getting a bit of home in a package makes them feel special and loved. Your local ACS can be of help by finding a group that makes care packages. You can also look for organizations that can help you send approved packages.

 

2. Visit a Vet: You can call your local VA hospital to see if there are any special events for Veterans Day. You can also volunteer to be of help on Veterans Day or make an inquiry on what their policies are for visitors. While there, chat with a vet, ask about their service, and most importantly, tell them how much you appreciate their selfless contribution to the country. You can also consider visiting a retirement home that takes visitors in your vicinity. Stopping by to say “thank you for your service” to them might just make their day.

 

3. Send a Thank You Card: A beautiful way to show how much you appreciate members of the military’s courage, sacrifice, and selfless service is to write them letters. Service members prefer to receive handwritten notes and letters even in our digitalized world. Getting children involved in this letter writing is an extra motivation for service members. This will only cost you a little time and a stamp.

 

4. Say Thank You: One of the simple and meaningful ways to show appreciation to the members of the military as well as their family is to say “thank you”. It sounds obvious and straightforward but next time you see someone in uniform, or you’re with the family of a member of the military, just “thank you” or “thank you for your selfless service” tells a lot about how much you appreciate them and the service they render.

 

5. Donate to a Military Charity: We now have a lot of organizations that are dedicated to helping veterans. Yes, these organizations do phenomenal work. They have been able to be phenomenal so far because of the help and support they get. There are lots of good organization that caters for the illness and wounds of service members and their family, consider writing them a check. Some agencies also give you the opportunity to buy tickets for local events, like comedy shows, concerts, football games, etc. and deliver them directly to a veteran that wants a night out.

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The Big Debate: Should Women be Subject to the Draft?

The U.S. Department of Defense’s decision to let women serve in combat jobs has drawn attention to the selective service. This institution has, for many years, been forgotten because the U.S. hasn’t issued a military draft for so long. The 1973 military draft required that all men register within a period of 30 days once they’ve turned 18, with the selective service.

U.S leaders have repeatedly insisted that the nation won’t make use of the draft since the all-volunteer system is bearing fruits. However, increased rumblings in connection to women registry have been reported.

 

The Selective Service

This system maintains young Americans contact information that could be subjected to military conscription. The first U.S. conscription attempt occurred during the civil war in 1862. It proved to be unpopular in 1973 during the Vietnamese war.

 

Why Women Are Not Currently Required to Register

In 1981, the congress’ decision that attempted to excuse women from selective service registration was upheld by the Supreme Court. The court ruled that women wouldn’t be required during a draft since they were combat restricted.

The selective service website clearly shows that the law specifically refers to “males” when referring to the people to register and to be drafted. This therefore means that women are exempted from registration. The service goes a step further to state that the congress must first amend the law to allow women drafting into the military.

 

What the Military Says About Women Inclusion in the Draft

Military spokespersons say that it is important for the congress to consider reviewing its decision about women selective service registration since all combat positions have been made open to women. In February, Marine Corps Commanding Gen. Robert Neller voiced his opinion that women should be able to register and attain combat roles. However, the Marine Corps organization itself has some conflicting views.

Brooke Stedman, a member of a non-government organization known as “Women in International Security” said that she had positive feelings about the statement made by the Gen. She argued that, if the government wants to promote and uphold gender equality, it is important to allow women register with the selective service.

The selective service states that all male citizens in the U.S. with 18 years and above but not exceeding 26 years should register. Male citizens in the group and are immigrants must as well sign up. Those on visas however are exempted from registration.

 

Penalties for Failure to Register

Failure to register with the selective service could lead to serious repercussions. Most importantly, if someone is a man and has attained 18 years. One could lose their eligibility for government jobs, job training and student financial loan. For immigrant men, one could lose their U.S. citizenship eligibility.

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Life After the Military: Tips on Adjusting to Civilian Life

Being in the military is not just a job, it’s a way of life. This is why the transition to civilian life is a major challenge for most military personnel. The difficulty of this transition can best be described as taking a fish out of water. One has to sufficiently adjust from a life that demands discipline, structure, physical fitness, and mental hurdles to life as a civilian. This takes time and dedication.

In extreme cases, it may even take therapeutic or medical intervention. There is no one-fit-all solution for a smooth transition. Each individual will experience a varying set of challenges and milestones. For example, transition will not be the same for someone who has been in the military for 3 decades versus another who has served for 3 years. Additionally, a military member who has spent a lot of time in a particularly hostile location might face a harder time adjusting. Below are some tips applicable to almost every soldier transitioning or planning to transition to civilian life.

 

  1. Know what to expect. The initial shock of leaving the military is one of the obstacles that hit transitioning military members the hardest. It manifests as an inability to take in and accept the vast differences between military life and civilian life. To reduce its effect on you and how you relate to others, you can prepare yourself mentally by knowing what to expect. Ask former military members what their experience was like or read other people’s adjustment stories online. Expect that people will not be as disciplined as you were in the military. They may not be as punctual, respectful, or honest as you. There are many traits that members of the military learn and live by that civilians are not accustomed to, such as the ones mentioned previously. By anticipating and being understanding of the differences in your mind before you get out of the military, it becomes much easier when the time comes.

 

  1. Have a good support system. Too often, military members get into civilian life to find themselves all alone. No one really understands what they are going through and the struggles they faced in military and are facing during the transitioning stage. This can often lead to stress or even mental illnesses such as depression. It is important to have someone or a group of people who make up your support system outside the military. It can be family, friends or an online group. The most important thing is to find people who understand your situation and are willing to walk with you through it. It is also important to utilize military resources in order to get evaluated, and treated for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

 

  1. Think about your financial future. Financial problems are another major source of stress for former military members. This is especially true if they have a family that they need to provide for. Luckily, these days plenty of organizations are committed to helping transitioning soldiers in furthering their education or getting a job. Start your research early on so that when the time comes, you are well aware of your options.

 

Ultimately it is important to remember to take it a day at a time and do not get down on yourself if certain military habits keep creating uncomfortable situations at home or work. Transitioning into civilian life takes time and effort. Take it slowly, absorbing a little change at a time. Though inside you will always be a soldier, you can learn to live productively in the civilian world.

5 Key Tips for Maintaining your Nomex Flight Suit

Ok, so you’ve purchased a Nomex Flight Suit from Carter–that’s certainly a step in the right direction. However, properly maintaining your Nomex flight suit is a vital part of ensuring that the various features and properties of the suit remain in tact for years to come. Check out these tips that we have compiled below.  Click here to purchase a Nomex Flight Suit.

 

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How to Determine Which Branch of the Military is Best For You

Do your Research

The US military are continuing to attract large numbers of young men and woman each year. Because of the distinguished military history which this country has, thousands of young men and woman grew up in military homes and therefore the military has remained a part of their lives. Others have friends and family who has excelled in military service and therefore those individuals are themselves motivated to serve their country in one capacity or another.

Deciding which branch of the military is best for you, is very much like deciding on what to study in college. Such a decision could be life changing. Picking the wrong branch can result in you becoming stagnate and making very little progress. The right branch of the military can ultimately help you to excel in the military and make it a long-term career. The reality is that just because one of your parents or a family member has excelled in a specific military career is no guarantee that such a career is suitable for you. This is why it is extremely important to do your own research.

 

Speak to a Military Recruiter

The military personnel who are responsible for recruiting personnel for the Armed Forces are, in most cases, the perfect people to ask for excellent advice about how a person should proceed in choosing the correct military career. These people often have many years of experience in their specific department and they have gained a lot of insight relating to assigning specific people to a specific positions or within the US military.

It is important to research all of the different departments of the US military as comprehensively as possible as this will give you a better understanding of the duties and requirements associated with each specific branch. Few other national armies present their citizens with the staggering amount of diversity which is available to US citizens who have made the decision to join the US military.

Do not make the mistake, made by so many men and woman before, of joining a specific branch of the military based on the reports which they have heard from family or friends or even the television and media. Although some of these people will succeed, a substantial number could potentially realize that they were misinformed and this may require a change in branch which could substantially delay the progress of your career.

 

Define your Career Objectives

Where do you see yourself within the next 5 or 10 years? Staying one step ahead and thinking about your future is vital when considering a career in any branch of the military. Once you decide where you want to be 10 years from now, you should then come up with an action plan of sorts—think of it as a road map to achieving your goals.

Defining your career objectives is a major part of setting and achieving life goals. Do you want to make the military a long-term career, or do you have other plans? Answering that question, and similar questions, could help you decide which branch of the military may be best for you to join as some branches have more favorable long-term career options.

 

Carter Industries is the exclusive supplier of Nomex flight suits to the U.S. Defense force. For more information or to view our inventory, click HERE.

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Why Choose Nomex Flight Suits?

If you are looking for superior quality in terms of flight suits and other protective gear, Nomex trumps the competition. Nomex is a quality fabric best known for its protective features, specifically its flame-resistant technology. As if wearers aren’t already sold on that, Nomex is also both durable and comfortable. Read on to learn more about the various amenities that this material provides as it relates to flight suits:

  • Convenience. The original flight suit amounted to a bulky, overweight suit that lacked durability and made it hard for pilots to move in them. These days flight suits, specifically Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made with the Nomex material to ensure flexibility and allow wearers to move more easily. The Nomex flight suits are also conveniently equipped with six functional pockets and a two-way zipper which makes the process of taking the suit on and off, a simple task.

 

  • Safety. Because Nomex flight suits are most often used by military personnel, safety was a huge concern while it was in the design stages. One of the biggest safety features of this type of flight suits is its flame-resistant material. The interlock technology provided by the Nomex material, helps to keep users safe in case of a fire or minor explosion and greatly increases their chances of survival.

 

  • Comfort. As previously mentioned, outdated versions of flight suits were made of heavy materials that made the suits bulky and uncomfortable to wear. The purpose of the heavy material was to keep the suit wearers warm. However suits these days not only provide warmth, but comfort as well and without giving users the feeling of being weighed down. Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made to provide a glove-like fit and are equipped with an adjustable waist belt as a means to fit various body shapes and sizes. In addition the suit has a breathable design that allows air to escape when the body is overheated but also provides warmth through insulation properties for when the atmosphere is a little cooler.

 

  • Quality. Carter’s Nomex suits have superior quality in relation to virtually any other flight suit manufacturer. These suits are solution dyed which helps resists fading and discoloration. In addition the Nomex material is sturdy, secure, and constructed with a rip-top fabric that decreases the likelihood of tares and snags.

 

Carter Industries is the exclusive supplier of Nomex flight suits to the U.S. Defense force. For more information or to view our inventory, click HERE.

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The Future of Pilot Training

IMG_0613Since the Wright brothers first took to the air, millions of men of woman have desired to likewise equip themselves with necessary training so that they too can enjoy the privilege of soaring above the clouds. Unfortunately the rising cost of jet fuel as well as increasing maintenance cost is resulting in a situation where not everyone can afford to enter a quality pilot training program. There are also those who hold the opinion that pilot training in itself has stagnated and are still focused on things which were deemed necessary five decades ago and very little has been done to incorporate modern pilot training methods. There are many that feel that a change in pilot training programs, which takes into account all of the recent discoveries in the aviation industry, could make piloting safer. In addition, pilot training cost could possibly be reduced if redundant training elements could be discarded without impacting on the quality of modern pilot training.

 

Analyzing Modern Pilot Training Needs

Seasoned industry professionals to analyze the current pilot training curriculum with the objective of determining which parts of the training has become obsolete and what elements could be added in order to better prepare the modern pilot. There is no doubt that the quality of pilot training could be improved dramatically if redundant elements of pilot training are removed and if pilot training will incorporate some of the elements which has been observed over the last decade or two. Many experienced pilots are now saying that pilot training continues to focus on maneuvers and emergency situations, which are no longer the best training methods, in order to condition the modern pilot for situations of which they may be exposed. Some suggest that this kind of outdated pilot training is wasting a lot of time and fails to add any real value to the pilot training process.

 

Technology changes everything

Some of the elements that places pilot training beyond the reach of the man on the street is cost of jet fuel, maintenance cost, landing costs and exorbitant storage costs. In regards to the last two points, little could be done, but the first two may soon be addressed because of rapid technological advancements. It is not only the motor vehicle industry that is considering electric powered propulsion, but this technology is also researched in the aviation industry. The advantages probably won’t be as dramatic but will include more economic and less maintenance prone aircraft. Electric airplanes will drastically reduce the cost of operating an airplane, since according to well researched facts it will cost in excess of $70 to operate a Cessna 172 for an hour while it is expected that a similar electric airplane will fly at only $5 per hour. The addition of solar panels in the wings will mean that an airplane which has been parked in the sun will have its batteries fully recharged in a couple of days without the use of industrially generated power. There can be no doubt that this will be good news to all those men and women who are dreaming about a career in aviation and piloting.

 

Carter Industries is the exclusive supplier of Nomex flight suits to the U.S. Defense force. For more information or to view our inventory, click HERE.