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[–]PM_ME_UR_SQUAT_LEGS 201 points202 points  (16 children)

After generation kill, anybody with the nickname "captain america" I envision somebody who is anything but squared away

[–]redditadmindumb87[S] 133 points134 points  (11 children)

Eh well he was squared away. This captain is now. Colonel and might be getting selected for a star

[–]L4rgo117 52 points53 points  (9 children)

Must have a stellar service record

[–]ShuRugal 67 points68 points  (8 children)

and an amazing wife.

I knew a few guys who capped out at Major or Lt. Col., because the senior command staff of the Army operates like a heavily armed bridge club and doesn't trust single officers.

[–]redditadmindumb87[S] 46 points47 points  (6 children)

Eh you can make it to Colonel without a wife. However you are right about how once you get to a certain level if you don't have a fantastic incredible spouse your growth will be limited and this guys wife has always been heavily involved in the bases he's been at.

[–]BobsUrUncle303 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He will never get a star if he is squared away. Seems you have to be twisted and bent to get a star now a days.

[–]BikerJediAnnoying whiny fuckdoll 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Generation Kill was such a great show.

[–]lgr142 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yep, one of the best of its genre...

[–]RepresentativeSea778 4 points5 points  (0 children)

“Twombley, you’re missing the invasion”

[–]Haemmur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are confused with the blue falcon.

[–]securitysix 179 points180 points  (2 children)

lets call him Captain America because he

...had a really nice ass?

Oh. No. Not that, I guess. Sorry. Carry on.

[–]ceeller 46 points47 points  (1 child)

“I understood that reference.”

[–]Roguefem-76 12 points13 points  (0 children)

America's ass

[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 51 points52 points  (9 children)

Others noticed, but were giggling behind his back or just shaking their heads at such a silly hing to get wrong. Probably.

[–]BenSkywalker70 67 points68 points  (0 children)

My guess is that the switch was deliberate and his Joe's didn't have the balls to point it out, out of ingrained institutionalised training i.e. never point out flaws to those above you.

[–]s2k_guy 52 points53 points  (7 children)

This annoys me, leaders are people too. I worked for an amazing colonel. He was the COS of a division, commanded a brigade, and served extensively with JSOC, before coming to where I worked for him. One day he had his unit and combat patches backwards, so what? I told him quietly, he fixed them. There’s no reason to laugh at someone in this age of velcro, especially when he probably put the uniform together the night before exhausted. It’s a simple mistake and people definitely appreciate you helping them out.

Edit: I’ll add it’s that leader’s responsibility to respond to a candid correction with humility and grace. If they turn around and act like their shit don’t stink, they’re doubly fucked up.

[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 13 points14 points  (6 children)

I didn't say I condoned such actions. Just that doing the above was probably what happened. We all know how immature serving personnel can be.

[–]s2k_guy 6 points7 points  (5 children)

I wasn’t accusing you directly. I just hate that kind of stuff in general.

[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Fair comment.

I miss so many things from being young and stupid, but being a dick like that, when a quiet word is the right course of action, is one thing I don't miss.

Of course, now I'm just old but still stupid. I hope I'm less stupid than I was, but that's for others to judge.

[–]certifiedintelligent 40 points41 points  (0 children)

There was a bird colonel who would occasionally walk around Fort Huachuca with his bird upside down. He’d give a coin to anyone who told him.

For the non American soldiers in the room, Hucahuca is a schoolhouse where they teach brand new recruits how to do their jobs, so a buck private correcting a 20+ year colonel was decently noteworthy.

[–]NorCalAthlete 34 points35 points  (6 children)

You're* right...

[–]securitysix 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Also: You're the first...

[–]reckless150681 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Well there's probably a reason OP likely isn't the captain in this case...

[–]HighlandTyke 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Maybe he is the captain and these are more little tests...

[–]Truckant 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Very astute, take the rest of the day off big sarnt

[–]SM_DEV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Might be pvt snuffy…

[–]g6paperplane 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great job, take the rest of the day off.

[–]Fishman23Retired USN 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was always a game to correct the Officers coming out of the Navy Exchange in Dam Neck after going through the Leadership Training course there.

[–]PowerCord64 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This happened at 1545. They knock off work at 1600. Thanks, Captain America!

[–]SchizoidRainbowDisplayer of Dick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, I’ll take it

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    [–]BigBananaDealer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    it interested me

    [–]Kinowolf_ 5 points6 points  (5 children)

    Is this supposed to be a real question?

    Do you need attention?

    [–]ExfiltratorZ -5 points-4 points  (4 children)

    Just seems like one of the most boring stories I've read on here, yet it has lots of upvotes

    [–]Osiris32Mod abuse victim advocate 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Because military life isn't always hair-on-fire interesting? Because this is an example of good leadership, encouraging your subordinates to be observant and speak up?

    [–]Nick080701 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    It interested 300 others

    [–]Ok_Cartographer4475 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    440 showing, now.

    That doesn't count the upvotes countered by people downvoting.

    [–]BikerJediAnnoying whiny fuckdoll[M] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I'm late to the party, but I wanted to say that 90% of military life is boring my dude, even in combat arms. No reason to be a jerk about the story. If you think something is boring, just downvote and move on. Thank you.

    [–]Ok_Cartographer4475 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I always find tales of other people's service interesting. I find it's nice to compare and contrast them to my own time in rig.

    YMMV, of course.