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Old December 29th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #121
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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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Yes, and it worked wonderfully at removing all the moisture. Hose it down, wipe it off, apply lubriplate and oil and you're ready to go.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 08:50 PM   #122
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I am a non vet and I wear military gear all of the time.








Even use military gear and wear military clothes and sleep in military places as a non vet.


Here in this picture is a few of us wearing military gear, Can you tell who are the vets and the civilians? I am in green with the pilot.


Even ride military planes all of the time as a non vet.




I have spent two years overseas for my current company, and 14 in an active duty Navy wing. We deploy, and detach. It has taken me to every nuke carrier in the fleet and have acquired over 2 1/2 years of sea time launching and working on planes out at sea. Another couple of years out in the desert of the south west at bomb ranges while they drop bombs. And I still do it, and will be doing it well past 20 years. Most of us are all prior service with the exception of a few like me, and nobody really gives a what the other guy is wearing, and we all wear some sort of military gear. Especially head gear on the flightline.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 09:25 PM   #123
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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.
Rich D...

ALL are SPECIAL where ever they lie! I have been to 'flyovers' at Riverside's Arlington and at Coachella's Veterans... A Military funeral can be impressive and informative!

I do pay my taxes and support our vets!

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Old December 29th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #124
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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.
In depends upon what Ďspecialí means doesnít it? Donít high schools award letter menís jackets to football players because theyíre special? Most veterans were barely out of high school and plenty more became veterans instead of finishing high school.

Football demands something extra of those who play, but those demands arenít in the same league as war fighting. There is no way to describe war to those who have not personally engaged in war fighting, but it should be possible to communicate the fierce attachment war fighters have for their uniform, their fellow war fighters and how proud they are of what they have under taken when donning their uniforms.

That uniform, of which they are so jealous, put many men in Arlington and many more are missing limbs, peace of mind and years of their very lives. Veterans donít have movies to show what they did; all they have is that uniform and their rank, dog tags, ribbons and memories to show for the sacrifices they made on behalf of their country, themselves and their brothers-at-arms, both living and dead.

Yes, we veterans are very jealous of the few reminders of our service. When we meet another wearing our uniform, we smile, shake hands and then we ask when they were in, did they go over and what unit they served with. The uniform, most often a just a cover or a unit badge is what we key on when going through our traditions recognizing our shared experiences, our brotherhood. There is much to be shared and is deeply shared with very few words exchanged between us.

Frankly, the emotions are very deeply felt during these infrequent encounters as is the disappointment upon discovering all is not as it seems to be. Mostly, we shake our heads and ask ourselves silently, why in the hell is this guy signaling something about himself that isnít true?

Of course, if the guy is in full dress uniform with a chest full of medals, then anger makes an appearance and the guy is going to get an earful. Otherwise, there is just a bad taste, a little bile and some resentment and disappointment.

Sorry about that.

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I am a non vet and I wear military gear all of the time.
I don't think that stuff is classed as "bling".

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Old December 30th, 2016, 06:03 PM   #126
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I don't think that stuff is classed as "bling".
Nope....it's required for the job due to being in the same working conditions....I have a couple friends who became Tech Teps in the same filed doing the same work they did in the service....however, they were not allowed to use any of the gear issued to them (that they still had) as a civilian Tech Rep. They had to start fresh.....; )

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Old December 30th, 2016, 06:07 PM   #127
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And who would you be referring to if I may ask?
Stepping to the front out of curiosity or just projecting a guilty conscience?....: )

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Old December 30th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #128
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Stepping to the front out of curiosity or just projecting a guilty conscience?....: )
Well that's pretty lame. Guilty conscience? Please..for what? Stepping to the front to confront stupidity perhaps. I would only say that if you are not big enough to claim your own statement then you are not big enough to admit fault for making unwarranted, and totally egregious statements about someone you know nothing about. Basically piling on but for no good reason. Pretty sorry behavior in my view.

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Old December 30th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #129
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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.
Actually, this is not a new phenomenon...

Armies throughout the ages have had "civilian" personnel assigned for various jobs, beyond the scope, or ability, of the actual troops.

From gunners in the 16th and 17th century, to washer women. Even as late as the early 20th century the "logistical support" functions of the army was a civilian function, even at the tactical level.

The wars in the middle of the 20th century are anomalies . . .

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Meh, this subject is like politics and religion. Everyone has an opinion and they are are all wrong.
I did my 26 and retired with all the fanfare. The next day I slept in and then packed most of my military gear away in storage. I left my Class A, Greens, out and set them up for the next/last time I wear them.
I don't have a green light on my porch, I don't have stickers all over my truck saying which units I was in, I rarely wear my 1st ID ball cap (I like my DTOM one better), I fly the US flag and the USMC flag in my back yard because my son is currently in the Corps, I don't belong to the AM or VFW any longer.
I have noticed that, like at the AM or VFW hall, the loudest talkers and the ones wearing the most "bling" have probably done the least.
I'm proud of what I've done and only use a military discount at JoeBob's or Lowes if I'm making a big purchase. If stores don't offer one I don't threaten to boycott them.

I have buddies that have been SF, Rangers, SEALs, CBP, and FBI. When we get together if you start talking shop, you have to buy the next round. We all shake our heads at the "hero" talking loud and proud.

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Well that's pretty lame. Guilty conscience? Please..for what? Stepping to the front to confront stupidity perhaps. I would only say that if you are not big enough to claim your own statement then you are not big enough to admit fault for making unwarranted, and totally egregious statements about someone you know nothing about. Basically piling on but for no good reason. Pretty sorry behavior in my view.
Honestly not sure why you are so concerned about it? And I did claim my own statement....of course in purple, but that went over your head as well.

Piling on? geez.....I was replying to a brother Ordie whom I interact with often here.......my bad, should have done a PM as to not Butt Hurt you even more.

Can't we all just get along?....wait that went bad also as I recall......; )

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Meh, this subject is like politics and religion. Everyone has an opinion and they are are all wrong.
I did my 26 and retired with all the fanfare. The next day I slept in and then packed most of my military gear away in storage. I left my Class A, Greens, out and set them up for the next/last time I wear them.
I don't have a green light on my porch, I don't have stickers all over my truck saying which units I was in, I rarely wear my 1st ID ball cap (I like my DTOM one better), I fly the US flag and the USMC flag in my back yard because my son is currently in the Corps, I don't belong to the AM or VFW any longer.
I have noticed that, like at the AM or VFW hall, the loudest talkers and the ones wearing the most "bling" have probably done the least.
I'm proud of what I've done and only use a military discount at JoeBob's or Lowes if I'm making a big purchase. If stores don't offer one I don't threaten to boycott them.

I have buddies that have been SF, Rangers, SEALs, CBP, and FBI. When we get together if you start talking shop, you have to buy the next round. We all shake our heads at the "hero" talking loud and proud.
Several valid points in there.........

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Honestly not sure why you are so concerned about it? And I did claim my own statement....of course in purple, but that went over your head as well.

Piling on? geez.....I was replying to a brother Ordie whom I interact with often here.......my bad, should have done a PM as to not Butt Hurt you even more.

Can't we all just get along?....wait that went bad also as I recall......; )
You either were referencing me or you weren't. If not, my bad. Not that I am worried about it, but I believe dumb comments should be called out. BTW, you did say "that new "guy" in an earlier post. So guess that wasn't your Ordie brother after all right? And the "guy" thing? Really? Little gender joke there? You go be all you can be..."guy".

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You either were referencing me or you weren't. If not, my bad. Not that I am worried about it, but I believe dumb comments should be called out.
Wow......on here a month and you are running for Moderator status.....have you been here long enough to know the members before calling them out? Some of us have fun, and can be a bit sarcastic....some won't get it and apparently get offended or "wadded up" as some refer it as.....get a thicker skin if you want to engage some of the good folks here.

BTW....thought you were done with this thread as of your post #83?

Relax......remember text has no tone....

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Wow......on here a month and you are running for Moderator status.....have you been here long enough to know the members before calling them out? Some of us have fun, and can be a bit sarcastic....some won't get it and apparently get offended or "wadded up" as some refer it as.....get a thicker skin if you want to engage some of the good folks here.

BTW....thought you were done with this thread as of your post #83?

Relax......remember text has no tone....
More than happy to engage with the good folks here. And yes I had planned on being done with this back then but when I saw what looked to be an insult to me, I responded. Again if I was wrong, my bad. But I wasn't wrong was I? There are lots of good folks here and few jerks too, same as any forum. Now I will walk away from this. Will you?

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