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Old December 29th, 2016, 04:26 PM   #106
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Some things are just worth fighting for!!
And the freedom to dress silly is one of them.

It is Funny ...
The REAL warriors I know don't seem to get too personally upset about wannabees wearing bling. They can tell who's who without the bling. In fact, one of the highest ranking officers in the Canadian Forces on the Wet Coast gave me his hat in trade for some gunsmithing.

Although, I did get some looks at the last Canadian Snobirds air show from some of the military types there when I wore it.
How you can confuse/conflate 'Stolen Valor' and Posers with dressing up 'silly' confounds me...

But clearly your real intent is to put me in my place and insult me by your insinuation that 'REAL warriors' aren't upset about wannabes.
Frankly, that's just a stupid comment and doesn't require any further response...
You have shown your true colors.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 04:41 PM   #107
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Hmmm , I always thought they got obsolete Army hand-me-downs or whatever the Navy could get the best price on.

Army got new Krags . Marines got their old Trapdoors.
Army got new '03 Springfields , Marines got their old Krags and Navy 6mm Lee's.
Army got new Garands , Marines got the old '03 Springfields.
Army got M-16s first , Marines still got the old M-14s.
Navy got new F-14 Tomcats , Marines got their old F-4 Phantoms.
Navy gets new E/A-18G Growlers , Marines get the old E/A-6B Prowlers

And the beat goes on.
Sort of vice versa.....there were a few Marine Cadre types, gate guards and reservists that would use the range or show up at the armory for whatever.....they would always look at the 1911 45 Pistol on my hip and then look at the M9 on their hip and shake their heads....often implying it should be the other way around.....; )

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Old December 29th, 2016, 04:58 PM   #108
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"Masters of Disaster"

Good Lord M14E2.......your aim was straight but man that round tumbled!....lot of butt hurt from some here...especially that newer "guy"...projected some deep feelings of not being up to snuff right?...probably had to go remove all the bling from his Cheaper Than Dirt uniforms after his breakdown here.....

That's why they call us Ordies "Masters of Disaster"....; )

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Old December 29th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #109
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I look at his old army stuff,but I would never wear it.
That is how I feel about my old Army stuff. I would never wear it. OK, maybe that extra 40 pounds of "solid muscle" that I have acquired could be seen as an influencing factor, but I knew, from the night I got to the reception station, I wanted to be a civilian. I worked hard and did a good job for the Army, but when it ended, it REALLY ended. Since the morning of my ETS, I have never felt any desire to wear any of the stuff Uncle Sam "gave" me.

As far as "earning" the right to wear the uniform, believe I have "earned" the right to NOT have to wear a uniform and that suits me just fine. If someone else wants to wear one, I don't have a problem with that. Just expect a lot of resistance if you try to get me in one again. I did my time. I made my contribution. I don't have time to worry about which ones are posers, wanna-be's, or even genuine heroes. Wow, I must be turning into a Libertarian or something.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #110
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Totally agree...I don't care who's they are. I have my grandfathers medals and his Flag when he passed. I don't fly it, I enshrined it along with his memories.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 05:23 PM   #111
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It is Funny ...
The REAL warriors I know don't seem to get too personally upset about wannabees wearing bling. They can tell who's who without the bling.

Some people just take themselves too seriously.
Why?
Man, ain't this the truth. As a civilian observer of my numerous friends and relatives who were in the service, you can usually tell which ones are combat vets and which ones are not based on how much they like to run their mouths and lord their service over civilians. That's not universal. A lot of guys are cooler than that.

My best friend is a Marine who earned his combat ribbon in Iraq and Afghanistan. He gave me a set each of desert and woodland cammies for hunting. When I asked him about the EGAs all over them, he just said, "no worries, dude." The marpat woodland camo is excellent in the southern Missouri woods.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 05:25 PM   #112
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The sad thing about all of this is that no one knows the journey that another man has taken in this life, whether it be good, bad, or indifferent, civilian or Military.

The really, really sad thing here is that some folks here have chosen to draw a line in the sand, that is probably only not really necessary, but it is divisive and serves no good purpose on this forum.

Being a fairly new guy here on this fine forum, I thought that this forum was about these fine rifles, the fine men who carried them and the honor that the rest of us, both civilian and Military alike, bestow upon the memory of those who did not return.

If I am wrong about this.....I will take what is coming my way.

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Good Lord M14E2.......your aim was straight but man that round tumbled!....lot of butt hurt from some here...especially that newer "guy"...projected some deep feelings of not being up to snuff right?...probably had to go remove all the bling from his Cheaper Than Dirt uniforms after his breakdown here.....

That's why they call us Ordies "Masters of Disaster"....; )

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And who would you be referring to if I may ask?

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Some people seem to think their service made them special. The really special ones are in Arlington.

But you too can be a little special now, pay your taxes to support our troops and vets.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:05 PM   #115
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Some people seem to think their service made them special. The really special ones are in Arlington.

But you too can be a little special now, pay your taxes to support our troops and vets.
I find all this increasingly Bizarre!

Are you saying Only Dead Veterans are worthy of Respect ?

Are you saying 'Stolen Valor' is Not An Issue To Veterans?

WTH?



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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:22 PM   #116
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I find all this increasingly Bizarre!

Are you saying Only Dead Veterans are worthy of Respect ?

Are you saying 'Stolen Valor' is Not An Issue To Veterans?

WTH?



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I don't think that's what he said.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 06:53 PM   #117
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There are a lot of forward deployed civilians and contractors in the south west Asia. Many of them wearing issued camouflage. This is not the military of 1944 or 1970. Our sofisticated weapons systems, medical, construction and other support and the conversion of military jobs requires them.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:02 PM   #118
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It's been my feeling that nobody should wear military insignias , decorations , medals , badges of rank , etc that they did not earn.

I've been seeing some members of certain motorcycle riding groups who never served wear them saying ''it's my Dad's/son's/relatives. I wear it to honor them''.

Then IMO , you should get a patch made that says "In honor of Sgt. Daddy"!

My Dad was a Staff Sgt during WWII. Lots of medals. He's gone. I have them now. I don't wear them.

I wear my own Navy PO2 'crow' , Aircrew wings , AO insignia , station/squadron patches , etc. I earned them.

Your thoughts?
I am Bumping this OP to the TOP as in my view---this Thread has gone way off the rails!!!
Nothing was said about anyone wearing Cammies, etc, etc...Nothing!



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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:17 PM   #119
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Man,
You guys are dragging up childhood memories! I did not serve but my dad did and he used to buy us all kinds of old military stuff to wear and use... Still have a lot of it!
Were you guys taught to clean your guns by 'hosing' them down with WD-40?

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I am Bumping this OP to the TOP as in my view---this Thread has gone way off the rails!!!
Nothing was said about anyone wearing Cammies, etc, etc...Nothing!



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Insignias were mentioned and that could be any number of things: EGA, a particular type of uniform (utility or otherwise), boots, decorations, etc. Certainly a number have expressed the opinion that certain of the above-described items should not be worn lest they be scrubbed of any trace of insignia, rank, etc.

The discussion went off the rails when some fellers decided to pile on another feller for being a civilian. In their estimation, that feller maybe shouldn't vote, is scummy, tried to bone their imaginary girlfriends, and it went on ad nauseum.

At a point their was some civilian pushback and some former service butts were hurt.

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