FACTOID # 14: North Carolina has a larger Native American population than North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Section 8 (military)

The term Section 8 refers to a former discharge from the United States military for reason of being mentally unfit for service. A military discharge is given when a member of the armed forces is released from his or her obligation to serve. ... The United States Armed Forces are the overall unified military forces of the United States. ... A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ...

  1. A U.S. Army discharge based on military assessment of psychological unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable.
  2. Slang. A soldier given such a discharge or behaving as if deserving such a discharge. [After Section VIII of World War II U.S. Army Regulation 615-360, which provided for the discharge of those deemed unfit for military service.]

In the 1950s, Section 8 discharges were commonly given to service members found guilty of "Sexual Perversion," and it was classified as an undesirable discharge, depriving the soldier so discharged of veteran's benefits but not resulting in the loss of any citizenship rights, such as the right to vote. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... A military discharge is given when a member of the armed forces is released from his or her obligation to serve. ...


Discharge under "Section 8" is no longer a military reality, as medical discharges for psychological/psychiatric reasons are now covered by a number of regulations. In the Army, such discharges are handled under the provisions of Army Regulation (AR) 635-200, Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations. Chapter 5, paragraph 13 governs the separation of personnel medically diagnosed with a personality disorder.[1] Wikinews has related news: Dr. Joseph Merlino on sexuality, insanity, Freud, fetishes and apathy Personality disorder, formerly referred to as a Character Disorder is a class of mental disorders characterized by rigid and on-going patterns of thought and action (Cognitive modules). ...


In popular culture

A running gag from the television show M*A*S*H, has Corporal Maxwell Klinger constantly trying to convince his commanding officers that he is mentally unfit for duty (crazy) and required a Section 8 discharge. Klinger would dress in women's clothing and perform other dangerous and ridiculous stunts. M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the 1961 novel Catch... Maxwell Q. Klinger is a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television series played by American actor Jamie Farr. ...


In the video game Army of Two, the character Tyson Rios gets information from a hacker that goes by the codename s3kShUn8, an obvious reference to the phrase. He sends Rios information in Leet style language. Army of Two is also a song by British pop-rock band, Dum Dums. ... This article is about computer hacking. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In the Stanley Kubrick movie Full Metal Jacket, pt. Joker tells pt. Cowboy that he believes pt. Pyle is a "section 8" after witnessing him speaking to his rifle. Kubrick redirects here. ... For the type of ammunition, see Full metal jacket bullet. ...


Other definitions

  • Section 8 is the name of the pep squad at the United States Air Force Academy, so named because the cadets in the section are expected to "go crazy" in their enthusiasm for the team.
  • The Section 8 has also been referred to in the book A Separate Peace, the book (and later movie) Catch-22, in the movies Full Metal Jacket, Basic, and Jarhead.
  • In Season 4 of the television show Rescue Me, Section 8 is described as a firefighter "going nuts." There is a comic-book superhero group called Section 8, and a group of special-ops soldiers identified as "section 8" in the movie Basic.
  • In the Terminal Reality videogame RoadKill, the "Section 8s" are a gang that fanatically follows military protocol to the point that anyone who makes a noise when not ordered to is shot.
  • In the movie Common Ground, the character Dorothy is discharged from the Navy under Section 8 for being suspected of being a lesbian.

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force),[1] located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ... A Separate Peace is John Knowles first published novel, released in 1959. ... Catch 22 can refer to: A book by Joseph Heller, or the movie based on the book; see Catch-22. ... For the type of ammunition, see Full metal jacket bullet. ... Basic is a 2003 action/mystery film directed by John McTiernan. ... Jarhead is a 2005 film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swoffords 2003 Gulf War memoir Jarhead: A Marines Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Section 8 is a superhero team created by Garth Ennis and John McCrea which frequently appeared in the pages of Hitman. ... Basic is a 2003 action/mystery film directed by John McTiernan. ... Terminal Reality is a video game development and production company based out of Lewisville, Texas. ... For the professional wrestler known as Roadkill, see Michael Depoli, for the movie marketed as Roadkill in the UK and Australia, see Joy Ride, for the Supernatural TV series episode, see Roadkill (Supernatural). ... Common Ground is a 2000 Showtime television movie directed by Donna Deitch and written by Paula Vogel, Terrence McNally and Harvey Fierstein. ... Common Ground is a 2000 Showtime television movie directed by Donna Deitch and written by Paula Vogel, Terrence McNally and Harvey Fierstein. ...

Notes

  1. ^ See U.S. Dep't of the Army, Reg. 635-200, Active Duty Enlisted Personnel Separations (6 June 2005).

  Results from FactBites:
 
Section 8 (military) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (459 words)
In the 1950s, Section 8 discharges were commonly given to service members found guilty of "Sexual Perversion," especially for homosexuality — and it was classified as an undesirable discharge, depriving the soldier so discharged of veteran's benefits but not resulting in the loss of any citizenship rights, such as the right to vote.
The Section 8 discharge sought after by Corporal Klinger in M*A*S*H differs from a real Section 8; Klinger is attracted to a Section 8 discharge because on the show, it is considered a medical discharge and not a dishonorable discharge.
The Section 8 has also been referenced in the book A Separate Peace, the book (and later movie) Catch-22, in the movies Full Metal Jacket (due to the excessive masturbation habit of a Marine nicknamed "Handjob") and Jarhead, and in an episode of Family Guy, in which Stewie briefly parodies the Klinger character.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m