Only Someone Who Has Served In The Military Can Pass This Quiz

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Joining the United States military is no easy task. Soldiers must do a lot of training, build trust with their fellow troops, and put the safety of their country first. There are certain rules and terms that only someone in the military would know, so test your knowledge with this difficult quiz!

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What are Marines not allowed to do while in uniform?

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Retry Correct Incorrect United States Marines are not allowed to put their hands in their pockets while they are in uniform. Keeping hands out of their pockets is a sign of respect and dedication.
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What are Marines not allowed to do while in uniform?

  • Travel
  • Go out to eat
  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • Put their hands in their pockets
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What is the name of a place where an operation is set up?

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Retry Correct Incorrect A staging area is where United States military officers and troops will assemble, stash their supplies, and fulfill other duties for an operation. The term became so popular that it’s actually used by civilians.
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What is the name of a place where an operation is set up?

  • battle zone
  • central location
  • work space
  • staging area
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Where is the headquarters for the Department of National Defense located?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Department of National Defense, also known as the Pentagon, is headquartered in the state of Virginia. The name comes from the shape of the building, which is a five-sided structure.
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Where is the headquarters for the Department of National Defense located?

  • New York
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
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What term describes a specific assignment with a goal?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Those who are experts in military life know that a mission is a special assignment with a specific goal. When troops are finished, they will usually utter the terms “mission accomplished.”
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What term describes a specific assignment with a goal?

  • command
  • mission
  • duty
  • order
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Name the term for sinking a ship to prevent its capture.

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Retry Correct Incorrect The correct term for sinking a ship to prevent it from being captured by the enemy is scuttling. This can also be done to other military vehicles such as helicopters and planes.
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HBO

Name the term for sinking a ship to prevent its capture.

  • deflating
  • commo
  • scuttling
  • cranking
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What did the military invent to prevent noisy clothing?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Velcro can be a bit noisy when it’s being ripped off, so the military invented a silent version. This does not make a sound when in use and can be found on all uniforms.
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What did the military invent to prevent noisy clothing?

  • silent zippers
  • silent buttons
  • silent socks
  • silent Velcro
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What is military action on a larger, ongoing scale?

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Retry Correct Incorrect An operation is a military action that’s on a larger and ongoing scale. While this is sometimes referred to as “war,” not all military operations are part of a declared war.
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What is military action on a larger, ongoing scale?

  • defense
  • battle
  • combat
  • operation
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Why was the year 1973 important for the U.S. military?

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Retry Correct Incorrect As a result of the Vietnam War, conscription to the U.S. military changed in 1973. This meant people would no longer be drafted or forced by law to join the military.
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Why was the year 1973 important for the U.S. military?

  • The age of enlisting went down.
  • Leadership roles were reversed.
  • The uniforms were redesigned.
  • Conscription to the U.S. military changed.
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What is an attack from the side called?

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Retry Correct Incorrect A maneuver where a squad attacks from the side is called a flank. When a squad is outflanked, it means they let the enemy gain a position on their vulnerable side.
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What is an attack from the side called?

  • flank
  • boot
  • dittybopper
  • bolo
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Which film caused more people to enlist in the US Navy?

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Retry Correct Incorrect One of the most popular movies about the US Navywas Top Gun. Tom Cruise starred in this ’80s film about a hotshot fighter pilot trying to compete to be the best at his school.
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Which film caused more people to enlist in the US Navy?

  • Top Gun
  • The Right Stuff
  • Dunkirk
  • Iron Eagle
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What’s the term for removing troops from an area?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The appropriate military term for removing troops from an area is called a withdrawal. This is usually a tactical decision when a certain area no longer is important in a mission.
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What’s the term for removing troops from an area?

  • departure
  • withdrawal
  • discharge
  • retreat
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There are over two thousand of these in the military.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Dogs are a very important part of the military and over two thousand of them work with troops everyday. The dogs are used for sniffing out bombs, bringing comfort to the soldiers, and more.
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There are over two thousand of these in the military.

  • weapons
  • dogs
  • soldiers
  • uniforms
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What’s a bivouac?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Those who are familiar with the military term “bivouac” will know that it’s a basic and rough, short-term camp. Troops will usually stay at a bivouac for only one night.
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What’s a bivouac?

  • a high point for surveillance
  • an immediate order from a commanding officer
  • a rough, short-term camp
  • an underground look out
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Which country captured the USS Pueblo?

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Retry Correct Incorrect North Korea captured the USS Pueblo ship in 1968, which was a historic moment. This was the only time another country captured a U.S. ship in the history of the military.
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Which country captured the USS Pueblo?

  • North Korea
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Cuba
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What’s the name of a broad line of troops facing the enemy shoulder-to-shoulder?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The military name for a broad line of troops facing the enemy shoulder-to-shoulder is a skirmish line. This phrase is also used by domestic police in times of civil unrest.
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What’s the name of a broad line of troops facing the enemy shoulder-to-shoulder?

  • zoomie
  • skirmish line
  • forlorn line
  • twidget
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How many times has the United States officially declared war?

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Retry Correct Incorrect There have been 11 times throughout history where the United States has officially declared war. This has been done against 10 countries over five separate conflicts with most happening during World Wars I and II.
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Scott Nelson/Getty Images

How many times has the United States officially declared war?

  • 8
  • 20
  • 4
  • 11
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The military uses this French term when talking about supplies.

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Retry Correct Incorrect When referring to supplies, troops will often call them by the French term of materiel. Material is their inventory, so it can range from weapons, provisions, food rations, and more.
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The military uses this French term when talking about supplies.

  • coup de canon
  • armature
  • materiel
  • sous-marin
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Semper Paratus is the motto for which department?

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Retry Correct Incorrect If you hear the words “Semper Paratus,” then they will be said by the United States Coast Guard. The motto means “always ready” and it’s included in their coat of arms.
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Semper Paratus is the motto for which department?

  • Army
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Navy
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What’s the policy for destroying civilian resources to keep the enemy from using them?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The scorched earth strategy involves destroying civilian resources and infrastructure to prevent the enemy from using them. The term is derived from ancient warfare when scorched earth couldn’t be sown with new seed for a while.
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What’s the policy for destroying civilian resources to keep the enemy from using them?

  • shock and awe
  • trench monkey
  • scorched earth
  • joint operation planning
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What form of currency isn’t allowed on a military base?

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Retry Correct Incorrect If you are buying something at a store that’s located on a military base, you are not allowed to use pennies. This is because pennies cost more than they are worth.
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What form of currency isn’t allowed on a military base?

  • nickels
  • quarters
  • dimes
  • pennies
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Which branch of military has the most personnel?

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Retry Correct Incorrect There are several branches within the United States military, but the branch with the most personnel is the Army. There are currently 481,254 active members in the United States Army.
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Which branch of military has the most personnel?

  • Air Force
  • Marines
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
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What is “recon” short for?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The military term “recon” is short for reconnaissance. This is the act of patrolling an area in secret in order to gain intel about a territory or the enemy. It’s derived from the French term “connaissance.”
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What is “recon” short for?

  • reconvene
  • reconcile
  • reconnaissance
  • reconstruction
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Which military department handles calls about Santa Clause on Christmas?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Those looking to get in touch with Santa Clause on Christmas will first have to call the U.S. Air Defense Command. They are better known as NORAD and have a website that tracks Santa on Christmas Eve.
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Which military department handles calls about Santa Clause on Christmas?

  • U.S. Air Defense Command
  • U.S. Army Space and Missile Command
  • Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Command
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What does “rank and file” refer to?

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Retry Correct Incorrect In the military the terms “rank and file” will be used to tell soldiers how to line up properly. Rank is when troops are lined up abreast and file is when they’re lined up behind the other.
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What does “rank and file” refer to?

  • height
  • gender
  • weight
  • lining up
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When is Veteran’s Day?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11 in the United States. It’s a day to commemorate all the veterans who are fighting or have previously fought in the United States military.
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When is Veteran’s Day?

  • May 29
  • September 1
  • June 15
  • November 11
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What is the term for surrounding an area and cutting off supplies?

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Retry Correct Incorrect When the military surrounds a city or camp with the hopes of choking off supplies, it is called a siege warfare. This is an ancient tactic that can negatively affect civilians when food and medical supplies run low.
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What is the term for surrounding an area and cutting off supplies?

  • air picket
  • fast mover
  • siege warfare
  • voluntold
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What is the mascot for the US Navy?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Those who are familiar with the United States Navy will know that their official mascot is Bill the Goat. Bill has been around for quite some time and dates back to the 1800s.
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What is the mascot for the US Navy?

  • shark
  • goat
  • eagle
  • seal
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If a soldier is stationed in a long-term post in captured territory, then they are in a what?

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Retry Correct Incorrect A garrison is a long-term post where soldiers are stationed. These are often in captured territory. Garrisons date back to the Roman empire when Romans would keep garrisons almost everywhere after conquering land.
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If a soldier is stationed in a long-term post in captured territory, then they are in a what?

  • garrison
  • quay
  • shellback
  • pollywog
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What is the largest U.S. military base?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Fort Bragg is the largest military base in the United States and across the globe. The military base is located in North Carolina and covers over 100,000 acres of land.
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What is the largest U.S. military base?

  • Fort Bragg
  • Fort Benning
  • Fort Hood
  • Fort Campbell
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What’s the name for a safe spot for a soldier under fire?

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Retry Correct Incorrect If a solider finds themselves actively under fire, then they will need to retreat to a foxhole. Foxholes are dug into the ground and provide a safe place for soldiers to hide.
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What’s the name for a safe spot for a soldier under fire?

  • chicken plate
  • foxhole
  • Charlie Foxtrot
  • first light
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What’s the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the president?

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Retry Correct Incorrect There always needs to be a secret code when the president of the United States is being transported. This is because the president needs guaranteed safety. The call sign for a president is Marine One.
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What’s the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the president?

  • One Star
  • Marine One
  • Marine Zero
  • Marine Star
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Which war ended after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The signing of the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the direct United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Representatives from South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Vietcong, and the United States were present.
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Which war ended after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords?

  • Korean War
  • World War II
  • Vietnam War
  • World War I
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What was the U.S. Air Force studying for Project Blue Book?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Project Blue Book was created in 1952 by the United States Air Force in order for them to study unidentified flying objects, also known as UFOs. The study ended 17 years later.
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What was the U.S. Air Force studying for Project Blue Book?

  • unidentified flying objects (UFOs)
  • cybersecurity
  • terrorism
  • Space travel
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Where is the U.S. Army post, Fort Benning, located?

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Retry Correct Incorrect One of the top United States Army posts is Fort Benning, which happens to be located in Georgia. The post supports more than 120,000 active-duty and retired military members and their families.
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Where is the U.S. Army post, Fort Benning, located?

  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
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What does the military acronym NCO stand for?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The United States military has a special acronym NCO that stands for non-commissioned officer. This is a military officer who has not pursued a commission and has earned their position by promotion through enlisted ranks.
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What does the military acronym NCO stand for?

  • non-commissioned officer
  • new country official
  • never cover over
  • next commanding officer
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What is ASVAB when it comes to the U.S. military entrance exam?

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Retry Correct Incorrect When referring to the test taken for entrance into the United States military, there will be an acronym ASVAB. This stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. It’s a multiple choice test to determine qualification for enlistment.
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What is ASVAB when it comes to the U.S. military entrance exam?

  • Armed Sack Vocational Ambush Battery
  • Artillery Sack Vedette Ambush Battalia
  • Artillery Services Vedette Aptitude Battalia
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
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Who commanded the Confederate Army during the Battle of Gettysburg?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Battle of Gettysburg was fought between July 1 and July 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. While George G. Meade led the Union forces, General Robert E. Lee led the Confederate Army.
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Who commanded the Confederate Army during the Battle of Gettysburg?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George G. Meade
  • Joseph Hooker
  • Robert E. Lee
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Which president appears on the Purple Heart?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The profile of the nation’s first president, George Washington, appears on the United States military decoration of the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart goes to those wounded or who lost their lives while serving.
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Which president appears on the Purple Heart?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Thomas Jefferson
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Which war is associated with Florence Nightingale?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Florence Nightgale was a social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing who is best known for her work during the Crimean War. She organized care for wounded soldiers at Constantinople.
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Which war is associated with Florence Nightingale?

  • World War I
  • The Civil War
  • The Crimean War
  • The War of 1812
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What did the Air Force study when looking into aerodynamics?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Air Force needed to study aerodynamics while they were building the F-117 fighter jet. They actually used bumblebees to look at aerodynamics and watched how they would typically fly.
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What did the Air Force study when looking into aerodynamics?

  • hawks
  • eagles
  • bumblebees
  • bats
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