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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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As part of surveillance and control operations conducted in the Mount, military forces have spotted moving targets before launching a land and air attack," he noted, adding that the army continues to tighten the noose around individuals holed up in the mountain.
Illiterates have to serve one full year and those who finish their national military service duration successfully will have the right to apply to serve within the Iraqi military forces," the draft read.
Washington Center for the Study of American Government) provides an account of the historical development of force development policy, which refers to the size and shape of military forces necessary to undergird declaratory and employment policy (drawing a distinction between what the government says about military force and what it does).
As a result, his imperial overlords branded him a public enemy and dispatched military forces to his desert country to hunt him down.
The program is directly managed by the geographical CINCs and contributes to unit and individual readiness by providing unique in-country training opportunities for our military forces that cannot be duplicated in the United States.
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We see our military forces in Saudi Arabia under terrorist attack,'' Perry told a group of defense writers.

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