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the armed forces of a STATE; pertaining to the armed forces or to WARFARE.

The Austrian sociologist Ludwig Gumplowitz (1838-1909) argued that military conquest was the origin both of the state and SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. Whether or not this view is accepted (and usually it is regarded as far too simple), it is clear the military play a crucial role in the maintenance of state power once this is established. Despite this, until recently sociological study of the military and of warfare has occupied only a relatively marginalized place within mainstream sociology. This neglect has been challenged recently by a number of theorists (e.g. MANN, 1983 and 1988). The argument is that in a world threatened with extinction by the military might of the two superpowers, and with MILITARISM today a more pervasive feature than in earlier societies, the study of warfare and the military ought to be more central. See also WARFARE, STRATEGIC THEORY.

What does it mean when you dream about the military?

To see people in military uniforms of specific branches of the armed forces may be identifying with actual life experiences and memories if one has been in the military. Otherwise, the military in a dream may indicate rigid authoritarian and disciplinary methods that are being brought to bear upon the dreamer, or upon others by the dreamer. It may also suggest extreme emotional repression. If the dreamer is in a ship on the high seas, the dream may suggest sailing through emotional issues of divorce or other personal loss, bravely and dutifully.

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The Self-Defense Forces have stepped up round-the-clock monitoring of North Korean moves.
The joint exercise came at a time when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing the country's parliament to pass unconstitutional security-related bills aiming at laying" legitimate ground"for the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to exercise right to collective self-defense.
This is the first time we've been able to work as a ground, maritime and air Self-Defense Force, so while the maritime Self-Defense Force thinks about maritime operations, as a Ground Self-Defense Force officer, I think about land operations," he said through a translator.
What would the Self-Defense Forces defend Japan against?
18-28, more than 20,000 visitors came through our gates at the North Dock port facility to tour the ships and observe maneuver rehearsals conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
The Self-Defense Forces (SDF) launched a two-day drill Friday in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture to practice the evacuation of overseas Japanese threatened by foreign conflict or political turmoil.
At the same time, more than 100 senior maritime Self-Defense Force officers paid a visit to the Yasukuni war shrine in May.
The policy will be formally endorsed during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, after which Ichikawa will issue an order to the Self-Defense Forces to prepare for the mission.
An Air Self-Defense Force F-4 fighter plane made an emergency landing Tuesday at Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture, but neither of the two crew members was hurt, airport officials said.
In the mid-1990s, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) began standard training operations with Boeing-built Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft -- better known as AWACS.
defense system from a Self-Defense Force facility to a US airbase this year.
Six Ground Self-Defense Force members left Japan on Friday for Nepal to replace an earlier contingent taking part in a U.