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Unread 09-09-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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Stolen from My Space, but funny none the less:

It's going to be hard when I join the real world some day...

Steps to Recovery and Integration for Troops becoming Civilians:

1. Admit:
"I was in the service; I have a problem." This is the first step to recovery...

2. Speech:
Time should never begin with a zero or end in a hundred, it is not 0430 or 1400; it is 4:30 in the morning (AKA God-awful early).

Words like latrine, bunk, and "PT" will get you weird looks; bathroom, ceiling, and workout... get used to it.

"****" cannot be used to replace whatever word you can't think of right now, try "um".

Grunting is not talking.

It's a phone, not a radio; do not use words like roger, say again, send it; also conversations on a phone do not end in "out"

People will not know what you are talking about if you tell them you are coming from Fort Huachuca with the squad or that you spent a deployment in the OCAC.

Likewise people will not understand you when you use expressions like "watch your six."

3. Style:
Do not put creases in your jeans.

Do not put creases on the front of your dress shirts.

A horseshoe cut looks dumb, not motivating.

A high and tight looks really dumb as well.

A hat indoors does not make you a bad person; it makes you like the rest of the world; what's more it's a hat and not a cover.

You do not have to wear a belt ALL the time.

4. Women:
Air Force girls are easy, very easy, not all women are this easy and will probably punch you in the nuts if you treat them like Air Force girls.

Being divorced twice by the time you are 23 is not normal, neither are 6 month marriages, even if it is your first.

Marrying a girl so that you can move out of the barracks does not make "financial sense", it makes you a retard.

5. Personal accomplishments:
In the real world, being able to do pushups will not make you good at your job.

Most people will be slightly disturbed by you if you tell them about people you have killed or seen die.

How much pain you can take is not a personal accomplishment.

The time you got really drunk and passed the sobriety test anyway is also not a personal accomplishment.

6. Drinking:
In the real world, being drunk before 5pm will get you an intervention, not a "good for you"

That time you drank a 5th of Jaeger and pissed in your closet is not a conversation starter.

That time you went to the combat life saver school and practiced giving vodka IV's will also not be a good conversation starter.

7. Bodily functions:
Farting on your co-workers and then giggling while you run away may be viewed as "unprofessional".

The size of the dump you took yesterday will not be funny no matter how big it was, how much it burned, or how much it smelled.

You can't make fun of someone for being sick, no matter how funny it is; VD will also not be funny

8. The human body:
Most people will not want to hear about your balls. Odd as that may seem, it's true.

9. Spending habits:
One day, you will have to pay bills

Buying a $30,000 car on a $16,000 a year salary is a really bad idea.

Spending money on video games instead of on diapers makes you a fool.

One day you will need health insurance .

10. Interacting with civilians:
Making fun of your neighbor to his face for being fat will not be normal.

11. Real jobs:
They really can fire you; on the flip side you really can quit.

Screaming at the people that work for you will not be normal, remember they really can quit too.

Taking naps at work will not be acceptable.

Remember 9-5 not 0430 to 1700

12. The Law:
UCMJ does not exist and will not save you from prison.

Your workplace unlike your command can't save you and probably won't, in fact most likely you will fired about 5 minutes after they find out you've been arrested.

Even McDonalds does background checks, and "conviction" isn't going to help you get the job.

Fighting is not a normal thing and will get you really arrested, not yelled at Monday morning before they ask you if you won.

13. General knowledge:
You can in fact really say what you think about the President in public.

Pain is not weakness leaving the body, it's just pain.

They won't wear anything shiny that tells you they are more important than you are, be polite.

Read the contracts before you sign them; remember what happened last time.


Repost if you were once a troop, currently serve, or know some and miss them dearly

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Unread 09-09-2007, 12:41 PM   #2
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Well! I must need to adjust MY attitude. My reaction to about half of that was: Hey, what's the big problem?

...Too many Vet friends or I live too close to Ft. Cartoon, I guess.

God love 'em!
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Unread 09-09-2007, 01:33 PM   #3
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That is great Matt! Too bad I didn't have that list when I got out...
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Unread 09-09-2007, 01:34 PM   #4
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That is great Matt! Too bad I didn't have that list when I got out...
8 years later, I still have problems with some of those.
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Unread 09-09-2007, 01:36 PM   #5
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Well! I must need to adjust MY attitude. My reaction to about half of that was: Hey, what's the big problem?

...Too many Vet friends or I live too close to Ft. Cartoon, I guess.

God love 'em!
haha

i dont see a problem with a lot of that stuff either...


and x2, support the troops!
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High and tights are not dumb.... they are sexy!!!! ANYDAY.
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Unread 09-09-2007, 07:21 PM   #7
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8 years later, I still have problems with some of those.
Ditto



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I'm just the opposite. 3 months in and I'm trying to se why it IS funny when someone farts on you.
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Unread 09-09-2007, 09:48 PM   #9
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I'm just the opposite. 3 months in and I'm trying to se why it IS funny when someone farts on you.
Yeah, but you're in the Air Force.
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Exactly Matt. I have an Air Force cadet as a roommate, and he looks at me weird when I walk from the shower to my locker naked. Like I am supposed to cover up and be embarassed to be naked. Silly zoomies....
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Exactly Matt. I have an Air Force cadet as a roommate, and he looks at me weird when I walk from the shower to my locker naked. Like I am supposed to cover up and be embarassed to be naked. Silly zoomies....
http://chairforce.com/ damn zoomies.

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Heck, 31 yrs later I still check my military alignment! Semper Fi
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Haha... priceless..

That list is awesome.. So many of them so true to when I got back from my tour and had to re-adjust to army reserve life and a real civilian job. (I went over to the sandbox right after I finished University)
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if i'm going to get punched in the nuts all the time....well, i'd better just stay in.
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Exactly Matt. I have an Air Force cadet as a roommate, and he looks at me weird when I walk from the shower to my locker naked. Like I am supposed to cover up and be embarassed to be naked. Silly zoomies....
Are you in the navy?
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