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Neo1130 09-12-2015 06:10 PM

Anyone here have people doubt their military stories?
 
Just curious if it's just me or what... I've had a lot of people think I am BSing when I tell them where I've been, who I've met and what sort of jobs and training I've had. People at work literally call me Forest Gump because I've had a chance to talk to President Bush, been to places most other military members can't, met multiple celebs, etc... Anyone else get this?

ElDuderino762 09-12-2015 10:31 PM

I don't know that I have ever been doubted...but I have definitely doubted some other "veterans'" stories. Seems like everybody was SF or Ranger.

jpdude999 09-08-2016 04:38 PM

I've learned that there are some stories you just don't tell civilians.

hdrolling 09-11-2016 04:11 AM

Normally the only time the Military ever gets brought up is if I'm talking to other vets. And since I retired near FT Bragg NC most of the vets I talk to have been to and done the same things I have.

cKruzer 09-25-2016 10:16 PM

Tell less stories

paulr121 09-25-2016 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Neo1130
Just curious if it's just me or what... I've had a lot of people think I am BSing when I tell them where I've been, who I've met and what sort of jobs and training I've had. People at work literally call me Forest Gump because I've had a chance to talk to President Bush, been to places most other military members can't, met multiple celebs, etc... Anyone else get this?

Heck, I am a Naval Aircrew vet, and civilians often have trouble understanding my stories, which are tame indeed compared to Army vet stories from recent times. (I was an ASW guy during the Soviet era..)

Seriously, oversharing with civilians is a fast route to disappointment and frustration. Just don't. ;)

CGrugger 10-01-2016 04:02 PM

Coast Guard here. People haven't doubted my stories from what we did while actually "doing our job." People have doubted the unbelievable stupid **** while bored underway or while we were at the academy.

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Space Ghost 06-25-2019 05:16 AM

I hardly ever tell stories to civilians...

One counselor lady at the VA did have me bring in my wife and kids to a couple of sessions. Kinda glad I did. At least now they know what was going on, but most of the time, I just don't feel people would get it, or even need to know it anyway.

Golden-Arm 04-19-2020 05:15 PM

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my stories would be so boring, you'd have to believe them. starting out in the army at age 17 was a story in itself, but it all gets rather pedestrian from there. :grin2:

Willysguy 05-27-2021 09:38 PM

I've been out for over 30 years and feel some people sort of roll their eyes when I tell them what I did in the Air Force. Through most of the '80's I was a RADAR operator, called an Airborne Surveillance Technician on AWACS planes. We called it "playing Nintendo with real airplanes on a mainframe computer". Kind of shows off how long ago it was...lol

Wyo 05-28-2021 06:19 AM

< Edited> Posted in wrong thread..... as to this thread> I was a nobody in the service, Met nobody of note, did nothing of note, but was good a experience for me.

DILIGAF 05-29-2021 09:39 AM

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I don't tell any body anything I just let my medals and awards speak for themselves.

jeepdaddy2000 05-31-2021 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Neo1130 (Post 31882778)
Just curious if it's just me or what... I've had a lot of people think I am BSing when I tell them where I've been, who I've met and what sort of jobs and training I've had. People at work literally call me Forest Gump because I've had a chance to talk to President Bush, been to places most other military members can't, met multiple celebs, etc... Anyone else get this?

I actually like when people take a healthy interest in my service and wish more folks looked a "vets" with a jaundiced eye.

I came back from my last tour to find my company hired an Afghan vet. After a couple of questions it became apparent he was a "stolen valor soldier". He quite a couple of days later and good riddance to him>:)

I've found that usually a couple of questions clears up any skepticism.

SteelJeep 05-31-2021 10:48 AM

I believe that due to the internet (yes I said it), that people are simply becoming more cynical of each other than they use to be in the past. Back in the day you just weren't exposed to the amount of drama that we now deal with on a daily basis. It's like watching a tennis match, except we've all turned into the ball being swatted at from every angle from every player in the world. We're also being taught not to believe anything, regardless of facts. So is it any wonder if you say you've met the president that all you get is side-eye. Then again maybe it's just plain ole jealousy. Who knows, who cares, if you know you're telling the truth then F them.

RookieRun34 06-01-2021 10:33 AM

I just don't talk about it. I want to keep that side of my life private. It makes me less boring, cause I spend most of my time doing army stuff, but its whatever. I'll just have to have more interesting civilian stuff to talk about then. I do talk about my army life to vets though, in order to hear their stories and get advice more than anything else

jeepdaddy2000 06-02-2021 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by RookieRun34 (Post 41283711)
I just don't talk about it. I want to keep that side of my life private. It makes me less boring, cause I spend most of my time doing army stuff, but its whatever. I'll just have to have more interesting civilian stuff to talk about then. I do talk about my army life to vets though, in order to hear their stories and get advice more than anything else

I enjoy sharing my experiences with those that ask. The only thing that irks me is the inevitable "did you kill someone" question. For whatever reason, civilians have a perverse curiosity about this.
Otherwise I'm open to all questions. For the most part, my deployment experiences (especially the first one) were positive. I always feel it is important folks get the story from first hand experience instead of from various news outlets.
I deployed as an older guy with old school experiences and training that allowed me to absorb with better perspective than most, much of the issues around me.


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