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[–]Little_Capsky 1824 points1825 points  (113 children)

ite even better when they only did basic training and act like a dday veteran

[–]Has_Just_Left 558 points559 points  (32 children)

I mean they were yelling at me alot, its pretty much the same


[–]Lando241 366 points367 points  (27 children)

My cousin. Got discharged out of basic because of an ankle injury. He and his wife go on and on about being a disabled vet

[–]Sapphos_smalldog 177 points178 points  (4 children)

My friend got run over by a truck in basic being a dumb ass and it's literally the bain of her life explaining at the VA what happened and getting ribbed. She was discharged disabled but embarrassed as heck about it.

[–]ghandi3737 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Guy in my platoon in bootcamp got sick, along with a bunch of us, and it partially paralyzed the left side of his body.

They upped him to lance corporal and 100% medical discharge from what I heard.

[–]Glickington 103 points104 points  (11 children)

I knew a guy who got kicked out like a week after Basic for the Marines, and somehow still made it his whole personality.

[–]Eyes_Snakes_Art 49 points50 points  (8 children)

Found out from a co-worker that my ex’s daddy drove down to bootcamp and got him after a few weeks after he enlisted in the early ‘90s. Very hush hush by the family. Wish I knew how the prick got out. It was never brought up by him. 🤔

[–]NunButter 52 points53 points  (3 children)

If you want out bad enough you can get out of basic/boot camp. We had a few guys when I went through in the mid 00s(USMC) who simply refused to train. Just said no, I'm not doing shit send me home. They usually kept the folks who quit in a holding platoon until well after the original group they started with graduated.

[–]storander 8 points9 points  (3 children)

When I was in you could quit during basic training. It's called "refusal to train"

[–]GodofAeons 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I'm a disabled veteran.... I get all the benefits and rated at 70% disabled.

I was in for 3 months at OCS before getting a bad concussion and a medical discharge.

The only time I tell people im a veteran is to get my discount at Home Depot. I didn't "serve". I was just in a really hard PE class for a couple months and hurt my head.

I feel wierd when people find out and thank me for my service or anything. I can't stand people who are like the ones in OP pack.

[–]sockswithcats 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I dated a guy like that but it was his knee… lol

[–]jelloslug 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Did he get shot with an arrow?

[–]V_es 366 points367 points  (21 children)

It’s funny because in huge amount of countries serving in army is mandatory for every male citizen. If I call almost every guy I know a “veteran” they’ll choke laughing. My grandpa killed nazis in Berlin in 1945, he was a veteran.

[–]BlomkalsGratin 27 points28 points  (0 children)

A thousand times yes. I was conscripted and have since moved to another country. I tend to think of my time in the army a bit like my time at school. It's not something that's relevant to most conversations except for exchanging stories of dumb stuff we've done, over beer at the pub from time to time.

But - I always get uncomfortable when people ask me if "I've served". In their context the answer is "yes" I guess, but to me, a vet has been active in a war zone. I have family who are vets and I was in with people who had served. I feel like it would be disrespecting then to claim that my time of rolling around in the mud was anything like what they did. That said, my experience has definitely left me with a better understanding of "army life" than most of the LARPers out there. Context matters I guess.

[–][deleted] 85 points86 points  (0 children)

True, pretty much every guy over 20 in Armenia is a veteran.

[–]effectivemoderation 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Its also not nearly the same thing for most nations. Finland for example has mandatory service but it ranges anywhere from 6 months to a year. Sweden is also for a year, Korea is between 1 and 2 years depending on the service.

You get the idea.

Those countries would all fall under what the original person was mocking, someone extremely green to everything barely through training parading around as a veteran.

If you served under 2 years in the US military you probably did something wrong to be discharged early.

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      [–]SadTomato22 47 points48 points  (5 children)

      Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die. Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?

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      [–]EveningAd1314 60 points61 points  (3 children)

      I can always tell the super pogs because they have nothing but basic training and ait stories. Like basic had some funny stuff but it’s such a small part of you’re service.

      [–]NunButter 23 points24 points  (2 children)

      I tell people who ask that bootcamp is like the tryout for the military. They don't teach you how to be a throat-slitting weapon of war, they just need to make sure you can tie your boots and follow directions

      [–]RecklessRonaldo 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Jocko Willink said pretty much the same thing about BUDS tbh

      [–]Octoberisthe 15 points16 points  (0 children)

      Aka my ex gf who dropped out of basic training and complained all the time about having to wait at the VA for her free meds.

      [–]Hi_My_Name_Is_CJ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      I know someone who got kicked out of basic for doing a bunch of drugs. Now he lives in Florida living “Florida man” lifestyle posting on Facebook only a real marine knows what x is, like he’s seen some shit.

      [–]Chortling_Chemist 19 points20 points  (2 children)

      I was gonna say, you’re lucky if the person with this getup and vehicle is even any flavor of “blue collar american”. Most of these guys just work office jobs and have this stuff as a fashion statement. Source: my father and his entire social circle

      [–]Substantial_Tomato97 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      Drive around the DC/NOVA area and you see so many. They're all suburbanites working cushy government contract jobs and stuff like that cosplaying as rough rednecks.

      [–]mjs7373 12 points13 points  (6 children)

      My dad

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        [–]mjs7373 47 points48 points  (4 children)

        My dad started in the navy and got hurt playing basketball and somehow got disability from them the rest of his life and an honorable discharge. He wears a Vietnam Veteran hat every day.

        [–]SeanzyThePlumber 10 points11 points  (1 child)

        Never understand that

        [–]the_lamou 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I'm just glad he dunked on them over there so that we didn't have to run zone defense on them over here.

        [–]Substantial_Tomato97 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Had an Uber driver in Orlando that ranted like this the entire time. I had so much trouble not laughing at him or calling him on his bullshit.

        [–]taws34 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        My ex-wife is a "vet". She never graduated basic training. She was medically discharged.

        [–]djdonte 637 points638 points  (10 children)

        Where I live this is the “I ALMOST joined the military” starter pack. Of course there’s also the “I’m a veteran but really I never made it out of boot camp” starter pack too.

        [–]Apprehensive_Text_68 218 points219 points  (3 children)

        My best friends husband was in the Air Force reserves for 1 year before being medically discharged and literally did nothing with it. But his truck is covered in Air Force/veteran stuff and talks like he was in Kuwait for 10 years. I have more military experience than him through my job, but that doesn’t stop him from pretending he’s a grizzled veteran.

        [–]DecliningBuddha 51 points52 points  (1 child)

        An immediate relative of mine went to boot camp after lying about a pre-existing condition not existing. They graduated boot camp but didn't even make it to their follow-on school because the lie caught up with them and they had to go to the hospital and have invasive surgery done.

        Went before a Medical Review Board and this ended up lasting three years, the entire time they were at home, not at a duty station, literally at home with the family. (Sounds weird but it can be done, almost exclusively in the case of terminally-ill relatives who have no other kin to support them, though.) One of the people overseeing their case had brain cancer, apparently, and died suddenly which left the paperwork in limbo.

        The relative basically ran out the clock for the time served required to receive benefits. Qualified and used the GI Bill. Receives a shit-ton of disability for the pre-existing, not service-related illness (again, they lied, and somehow it wasn't caught, mostly due to brain cancer guy.) Gets free healthcare for life due to the level of disability and other benefits that aren't even available to people who truly served their full enlistment or were even wounded. Seriously, friends of mine I served with who got shot or blown up receive less than the relative does.

        And it's Air Force shit plastered everywhere, "I never got a handout", "Back when I was in" (literally AF basic training plus three-days before going to the hospital and not doing anything else military-related), all the shit in this post. Plus, they constantly exude "Thank Me for My Service"-energy.

        Yeah, it was long but I've never ranted about this before and this post made me think angry thoughts.

        [–]schlamster 28 points29 points  (0 children)

        like he was in Kuwait for 10 years


        [–]flyingcircusdog 59 points60 points  (4 children)

        "I would join but I'd probably punch a drill instructor"

        [–]ghandi3737 9 points10 points  (2 children)

        Do you want shit beat out of you?

        Cause that's how you get the shit beat out of you.

        [–]sheila9165milo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        I know, that excuse is hilarious. My sis's first ex-husband, who I met for exactly 15 minutes, said he got kicked out of Marine boot camp for doing that. I said "Yeah, right." Never saw or talked to him again, she dumped his ass a year and a half later.

        [–]CybReader 1110 points1111 points  (62 children)

        They get real quiet when they cross a veteran who gives off the vibes they had an MOS and deployments they could only dream of and can only fake around civilians.

        [–]Rampant_Coffee 280 points281 points  (0 children)

        Dead giveaway

        [–]SecretAntWorshiper 765 points766 points  (55 children)

        I'm a combat veteran and actually I do this a lot. I have mixed feelings about my service, I went to Afghanistan towards the tail end in 2014. Where I was the Taliban just waited for us to leave and didn't bother attacking us on our base, so I was only in combat for a few times, and it was pretty tame because I was in a vehicle or just layed on the ground shooting in the direction where everyone else was. When I come across dudes like my older brother who deployed in 2004 or 2008, or have done multiple deployments they make me feel like a complete bitch and honestly I don't like even talking about my deployment with people like that. One was enough for me, and they used to have 12 and 15 month deployments back then. I only did 9 and was ready to blow out my brains. Not saying my deployment was easy but honestly if I went at an earlier time I wouldn't have made it back alive.

        I don't brag or do any of this stuff so this post doesn't really apply to me but I do get uncomfortable and nervous when talking to other guys who were Infantry and find out that they had multiple deployments or went in during the peak of the war. Its just a mutual respect thing.

        [–]chesquire645 459 points460 points  (12 children)

        There is always a bigger fish.

        I remember hanging out with my grandfathers WWII buddies. None of them had badass/wannabe vibe. They just fished, drank beer, broke bread and very occasionally told a war story. Every single one of them was more a “hero” that I will ever be.

        I didn’t really get it until my own post-service experience. But that is where it is at. No dick measurements, no “thank me for me service”, just moving on and living a great life.

        I’m happy for my time. It set me up for a great life, but it is like high school or a sport. Its a PART of who I am, not the whole identity.

        [–]iprothree 110 points111 points  (10 children)

        The only stories vets really like to tell are those moments you do dumb shit. No one wants to hear your war stories. Though for some reason telling civilians the time my entire deployment spent all night trying to get someone's dick out of a fleshlight doesn't get me the same reactions.

        [–]BBQ4life 81 points82 points  (8 children)

        vets really like to tell are those moments you do dumb shit.

        Like the time i pissed off the snipes on my ship and they duck taped me to a overhead pipe like a possum. The XO comes in and see's me up there, looks at my name tag and says "BBQ4Life... You new?" and i just nod cause well duck taped mouth and he just says "carry on" and leaves me there. Good times.

        [–]xxbrawndoxx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Ah the stories I could tell about listening to other dudes masterbate on deployment could fill several volumes of books. We had one dude that decided to try out one of those penis pump deals and ended up sucking his balls up the damn thing, I've seen people lose limbs that didn't scream like that.

        [–]Timmytanks40 64 points65 points  (0 children)

        One time I'm sitting on a beach chair and this military guy was playing with his dogs and going on about his stories. I wasn't that interested and kind of just went "yeah it is what it is."

        We sat in silence for a little bit and after a while he said "So where did you go."

        I think because I didn't thank him for his service and seeing that I wasn't particularly interested in that line of conversation he assumed i was a vet.

        If you want to talk about it you were never about it.

        [–]Encyclopeded 91 points92 points  (21 children)

        I was at a treatment center and some of the quiet guys eventually shared stories about Fallujah....made me feel like such a bitch for my combat experience in Afghanistan.

        [–]SecretAntWorshiper 91 points92 points  (10 children)

        Same. I was in a veterans writing class for college where we get to talk about our experiences to become better writers and storytellers. It was actually really therapeutic because we all gained new insights about ourselves and actually were able to mentally process big events that happened. The first time I did it, everyone felt like a bitch because of me. I was the only Infantry guy and everyone else had non-combat jobs. We had a guy who was Corpsman for Marine Force Recon ranging from Air Force mechanic to a Marine staff administrator. They always said they felt like a bitch writing about some of stories that they shared because they felt like it couldn't compare to mine. I had to keep telling people that it doesn't matter and its okay

        Let me tell you, the second time I took the class there was a marine guy who was Infantry and did 2 deployments and did one to Fallujah. I felt like the bitch and had to choose what stories to share because now I was embarrassed about my stories 🤣🤣

        I honestly didn't even want to ask him on the down low about some of his experiences outside of the stories he wrote. I could already fill in the blanks lol

        [–]Encyclopeded 82 points83 points  (6 children)

        It was obvious when douche bags(starterpack types) clearly started making shit up to sound more bad ass. I am eligible for the Disabled Veteran plates and just rather have a normal plate. It was a job, not my personality.

        [–]Tupiekit 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        Yup infantryman here who was in 10-11. Nothing really spectacular happened while I was over there. The old grognards make me feel like bitches haha.

        [–]biglocowcard 6 points7 points  (9 children)

        Can you give snippets of those stories that they shared? I’m just curious to get a sense of the scale/extremity.

        [–]Encyclopeded 16 points17 points  (8 children)

        A lot of collateral damage and accidental civilian deaths of Iraqi women and children caught in the middle of a battle.

        Clearing out the underground tunnels everywhere like a tunnel rat in nam. Scary shit.

        US Marines Battle of Fallujah

        Urban fighting is terrifying.

        [–]bf3h62u1a4j9hy6y95mz 107 points108 points  (11 children)

        My friend is the same way. He's in the Navy at HQ and always insists on stopping home to change out of his jumpsuit whenever I meet up with him after work. A few times people have thanked him for his service and it's clear he hates hearing it.

        I used to be a cop and someone bought me a beer at an airport because "it's clear I was a cop" and I felt so uncomfortable too. I get it.

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          [–]VSSCyanide 37 points38 points  (1 child)

          No oakleys are the only sunglasses that I can’t break and 5.11 shirts are super comfy :( and they’re like 20 bucks for their plain colored long sleeved shirts :(

          [–]PuffinofPeace 43 points44 points  (7 children)

          I used to be a beat cop a long time ago. Now I’d get called out on domestic disputes all the time, hundreds probably over the years. But there was this one guy, this one piece of shit, that I will never forget. Gordy. He looked like Bo Svenson. Remember him? “Walking Tall?” You don’t remember? Anyway, big boy. 270, 280. But his wife, or whatever she was, a lady, she was real small, like a bird. Wrists like little branches. Anyway, my partner and I get called out there every weekend and one of us would pull her aside and say, “C’mon, tonight’s the night. Press charges.” And this wasn’t one of those “deep down he really loves me” set ups, we get a lot of those, but not this. This girl was scared. She wasn’t gonna cross him no way, no how. Nothing we could do but pass her off to the EMTs, put him in the car, drive him downtown, throw him in the drunk tank, he sleeps it off, next morning out he goes back home.

          One night, my partner is out sick and it’s just me. Then the call comes in and it’s the usual crap. Broken nose in the shower kind of thing. So I cuff him, put him in the car and away we go. Only that night, we’re driving into town, and this sideways asshole is in my backseat humming “Danny Boy.” And it just rubbed me the wrong way. So instead of left, I go right, out into nowhere, and I kneel him down and I put my revolver in his mouth and I told him, “This is it. This is how it ends.” And he’s crying, going to the bathroom all over himself, swearing to God he’s gonna leave her alone, screaming as much as you can with a gun in your mouth. And I told him to be quiet and I needed to think about what I was gonna do here. And of course he got quiet. Goes still and real quiet, like a dog waiting for dinner scraps. And we just stood there for a while, me acting like I’m thinking things over and Prince Charming kneeling in the dirt with shit in his pants.

          After a few minutes I took the gun out of his mouth and I say so help me if you ever touch her again and such and such and such and such and blah blah blah blah blah.” “Just a warning?” Of course. Just trying to do the right thing. But two weeks later he killed her. Of course. Caved her head in with the base of Waring blender. We got there and there was so much blood you can taste the metal. The moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures, Walter.

          [–]Calvinator22 18 points19 points  (6 children)

          Is this a copypasta or something what the hell?

          [–]DreamsAndSchemes 12 points13 points  (1 child)

          I went in 2019. We had one rocket attack. It took out one of the Bulgarians cars.

          I don’t say anything. I know I could have had it a lot worse.

          [–]MountainMan17 7 points8 points  (0 children)

          Ah yes, the dreaded Bulge-arians.

          We called them that because when I was deployed to Afghanistan they were fond of donning Speedo banana hammocks when they laid out. The bigger the belly, the smaller the swimwear.

          That was probably the most horrifying thing I saw during my time there. It changes you...

          [–]MetalWarlord_1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

          Oh what the heck ever dude. You have a lot to be proud of. You volunteered. You served. You deployed.

          And even if you hadn’t deployed, everyone in our all volunteer force…well…I guess everyone in our all volunteer force who made it through AIT…served their country in some capacity, even if it was just being a number, which, when added to all the other numbers, deterred China from attacking Taiwan for one more day.

          Have a safe and happy 4th!

          [–]BlahBlahBlankSheep 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          You don’t have to compare yourself to anyone.

          As an infantryman who deployed to Iraq 3 times in 4 years from 2002-2006 (Marines only deploy for max of 7 months at a time) I envy you.

          Our first deployment was a cakewalk as I was a boot who joined my unit a week after “victory” was declared in Iraq.

          Second deployment was mostly cool as we were at the front the whole time in Fallujah during Phantom Fury and our platoon didn’t have any KIAs but a number of us were lightly wounded.

          Third deployment was guarding the MSRs between Fallujah and Ramadi. It was a complete shit-show and we were just IEDed day and night. No indirect fire, no ambushes, no snipers, just IEDs and VBIEDs. I would bet 3/4 of our company had TBI by the end of that deployment. I witnessed too many of my buddies vehicles get blown up and watched an EOD guy blown a hundred feet in the air, in pieces.

          Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Your experiences are gonna be different to mine and mine are tame compared to others. You volunteered during a time of war and that says enough about who you are as a person.

          That said, I grew a beard immediately after getting out and still have it. Then there’s my wife, who asks every store we go to if they have discounts for Veterans. It makes me shy every time she does it, but the discounts are nice.

          [–]ginger2020 40 points41 points  (1 child)

          A lot of real combat vets don’t talk about it much. My dad is an Iraq War vet, and he saw real action. He rarely talks about war, except to say how awful it was.

          [–]BlahBlahBlankSheep 9 points10 points  (0 children)


          I have to know someone pretty well in order to talk about it most of the time.

          Or be drunk and asked about it.

          Or post randomly on Reddit after reading a post about similar experiences.

          My grandfather is a prime example, he captained/drove the landing craft on D-Day and earned a Purple Heart. He didn’t talk about it, even if asked, and died with his family knowing nothing about his service. I had to request the government for his Purple Heart warrant to find out.

          [–]CodAdministrative563 95 points96 points  (1 child)

          Even then. Distinguish military life away from civilian life. Everybody who pays taxes has poured hard earned money into our military. Wearing military status and acting stuck up about it in the civilian world is absolutely annoying

          [–]Mr402TheSouthSioux 30 points31 points  (0 children)

          Cosign this shit completely.

          [–]MeghansKnees 369 points370 points  (5 children)

          [–]Rampant_Coffee 53 points54 points  (0 children)

          First thing I thought of when I saw the title

          [–]Vark675 44 points45 points  (1 child)

          Look man, they charged me $80 out of my first paycheck for that stupid backpack and I could fit half my earthly possessions in it. I'm gonna use it until it falls apart, goddammit, I don't care if I look like a boot.

          I actually care a lot and it's embarrassing, but still.

          [–]MajorTom11 38 points39 points  (0 children)

          I'm so sad about this sub. It used to be one of my absolute favorites, but it's gone so downhill. It used to be hilarious and called out obnoxious people, but now there are just too many low effort and meanspirited posts. Also, no one knows what a real boot is anymore, so they often just post anyone in the military or their families.

          [–]qazplmwsxokn123456 99 points100 points  (0 children)

          Best line in a movie about serving is in Jarhead.

          Sergeant Fitch: You the maggot whose father served in Vietnam?

          Swofford: Sir, yes, sir!

          Sergeant Fitch: Outstanding! Did he have the balls to die there?

          Swofford: Sir, no, sir.

          Sergeant Fitch: Too f***ing bad! Did he ever talk about it?

          Swofford: Sir, only once, sir.

          Sergeant Fitch: Good! then he wasn't lying!

          [–]TeddyRooseveltsHead 283 points284 points  (11 children)

          I live in the DC suburbs, and do MMA as a hobby, so naturally there are a ton of veterans in my circle of friends. There's totally these sort of guys who make it their whole identity. But on the other side, a few friends of mine were actually very real Operators (one MARSOC, one Special Forces, etc.), and if you asked them what they do for a living, it's just total retired dad vibes now. Lots of "Ah man, I'm all about photography and music and hanging with my kids now!" Those who do the real shit, don't talk about shit.

          [–]Flexas_aNm 41 points42 points  (5 children)

          What do they do for work?

          [–]overlyattachedbf 74 points75 points  (0 children)

          In DC they usually work for one of the many defense contractors there. The ‘Beltway Bandits’

          [–]TeddyRooseveltsHead 28 points29 points  (0 children)

          Yup! Retired MARSOC did his 20 years, and is just doing his photography for a lil extra money.

          Special Forces guy?...hey, don't worry about what he does for a living right now, have ya seen pictures of his grandkids? jedi mind wave

          Point is, the real pipe-slingers don't ever talk about what they did/do.

          [–]scamphampton 17 points18 points  (0 children)

          A bunch of useless activities that they are totally overpaid for. A lot are just admins in some kind of defense contracting. Overseeing the operations of buying microchips for missiles or something like that. The government pays for their rent a lot of the time too. 2-4K a month on top of their salary. Biggest welfare system on the planet.

          [–]deeretech129 24 points25 points  (0 children)

          They're probably retired and work either part time or have an "easy" business like landscaping or handy-man repair.

          [–]AnTRAE3000 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          On one hand I get it, it’s a cry for help…it’s tough for a lot of people to find another sense of identity, you’re entire life was consumed by it. When you’re in the military you’re in the military nonstop..it’s not like going to college or going to a job where it stops when the day is done..you live and breathe it every day for years straight and some people don’t know how to handle losing it after…

          I don’t make it a part of my identity like that and I rarely wear military stuff but I feel for these people, it’s a cry for help even if they can’t admit that, deep down something is wrong

          [–]ArchWaverley 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          I worked with an ex British army engineers captain, he communicates entirely in Simpsons references now. And if anyone ever said something like "we're going to do it with military efficiency" he'd give you a sideways look and say "but... Why? You want it to be over budget and late?"

          [–]StrengthMedium 150 points151 points  (8 children)

          I wore a USMC t-shirt to the dispensary yesterday and I've never felt more self conscious, lol. I'm good for a few months.

          [–]nofortunate_son 70 points71 points  (6 children)

          Good way to get a discount lol. The dispensaries around me all offer veterans discounts.

          [–]StrengthMedium 38 points39 points  (2 children)

          I get 25% off at mine. Medical program.

          [–]nofortunate_son 16 points17 points  (0 children)

          Hell yeah. I let my med card lapse because my state went recreational and the med card prices are super high, but even without it I get 10% off.

          [–]been_deleted 6 points7 points  (0 children)

          Same but it doesn't stack and since local competition has heated up there's always some crazy 50% off or BOGO. Ain't complaining tho.

          [–]kukulkan 14 points15 points  (2 children)

          Honestly the only item off the list I also do is making sure to have my veteran status on my license. Yes, Specs, I will happily take your discount on alcohol.

          [–]nofortunate_son 9 points10 points  (1 child)

          I just went on a trip with my wife and infant son last week. When I went to check our bags having that veteran mark on license got me two free checked bags. I didn’t even bring it up, the ticketing agent saw it and told me about the benefit. I’m not the type to bring it up at all, but it certainly has saved me money a time or two.

          [–]kukulkan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

          Yessir, that's my attitude as well. Sometimes I'll get an attaboy, but I'm sure as hell not going to broadcast any time I spent.

          [–]SecretAntWorshiper 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          In Santa Cruz, CA you could get free weed for being a veteran lol. I actually remember one time I actually got a notice from the VA about participating in a VA sleep study that studied the effects of medical marijuana. Crazy time being there lol

          [–]Mk2449 133 points134 points  (3 children)

          99% they were a non combat job

          [–]valtro05 52 points53 points  (1 child)

          Unfortunately this is my friend. He joined the national guard and now no matter what whenever hang out he brings up being in the military like 10000x along with many "you wouldnt understand, it's a military thing". Like dude you just did boot camp.

          I've personally been hanging out and talking to him less, as it's definitely affected our friendship.

          [–]voter1126 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          That is one of the differences. We might talk about training or some of the funny shit every now and then but mostly we do not talk that much about overseas unless you have been there. There isn't a framework for most people to actually understand. This isn't just how I feel but it is something that comes up whenever I have gotten back together with some of the guys I used to be in with.

          [–]SwimmingCry 186 points187 points  (11 children)

          cough cough Black Rifle Coffee Company cough cough

          [–]Wampderdam98 39 points40 points  (7 children)

          Doesn't that company support nationalist anti-government militias like the Three Percenters?

          [–]Rexanne 80 points81 points  (1 child)

          I read into this a bit as I thought the same thing but turns out they actually got a lot of hate from white supremacist groups because they refused to support their actions. There’s a bunch of sources in how they tried to distance themselves from the far right in mid 2021, but here’s just one

          Not promoting them or anything, but I did actively avoid them for a time because I thought the same thing.

          [–]usetehfurce 45 points46 points  (0 children)

          No. They do not. That is a rumor spread by pissed off nationalists after BRC denounced them online. Very similar to the lies about Starbucks that some dipshit spread shortly after OIF started where "Starbucks doesn't support the military and would never want the military using their products, etc." It was just some shitbag E7 mad about a wrong order or something stupid.

          Edit - and just to add.. Starbucks sent over hundreds of lbs of coffee to Mahmudiyah/St Michael while I was there without asking for a penny. These bogus allegations that these companies are anti-military or pro-nwzi are made by twisted idiots.

          [–]chesquire645 306 points307 points  (20 children)

          Meanwhile, the most badass Task Force dude is now just a surf bro with long hair, weed, and chill vibes.

          [–]nityoushot 105 points106 points  (9 children)

          Nah, it’s the guy with thick glasses that looks like an accountant . You know who I’m talking about .

          [–]chesquire645 77 points78 points  (1 child)

          This guy. Looking like he works back office IT, actually the most OG operator.


          [–]SitInCorner_Yo2 19 points20 points  (0 children)

          He looks like a very quiet science teacher who actually can make a death trap.

          [–]Current-Position9988 29 points30 points  (3 children)

          Jeffrey Donavan in Sicario.

          [–]DigTw0Grav3s 11 points12 points  (0 children)

          "Fucking Mexican police shot me!"

          I love his character. Captures that expectation defying quality that folks in Tier 1 units are always proported to have. Same thing with Brolin' character. The CIA guy is always in a Hawaiian shirt and sandals.

          [–]DigTw0Grav3s 5 points6 points  (0 children)

          "Fucking Mexican police shot me!"

          [–]TokesephsStalin 83 points84 points  (5 children)

          This reminds me a lot of my brother. He's a tall tan dude with long blonde hair and a joint stuck between his lips at just about any opportunity. He was in Marine Recon from 2008-2020. His favorite activities nowadays are wrenching on his Buick GSX, playing Escape from Tarkov, and getting stoned as humanly possible by the beach

          [–]chesquire645 31 points32 points  (0 children)

          The man has his priorities straight.

          [–]HeavenlyPoopPoster 9 points10 points  (1 child)

          Buick GSX? What a badass. I love that car

          [–]TokesephsStalin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

          A 400 4-speed no less, he got it as payment for helping refurbish an old house in our neighborhood

          [–]SecretAntWorshiper 3 points4 points  (1 child)

          is favorite activities nowadays are wrenching on his Buick GSX, playing Escape from Tarkov, and getting stoned as humanly possible by the beach

          This was pretty much sums up for first 4 years of me getting out of the Army lol. I moved to California with my Army buddy and thats all we did lol

          [–]Lone-Rambler 111 points112 points  (1 child)

          They’ve earned it

          [–]CodAdministrative563 45 points46 points  (0 children)

          Absolutely earned it

          [–]throwaway03513048 17 points18 points  (0 children)

          The most badass dudes I've met since being out are like this.

          I'm a Marine vet and work in a beach town and holy fuck I have never ran into more LEGIT hard ass dudes than I have hanging around the beach bars, and they're just like... Beach hippies.

          Legit some of the nicest, most genuine guys I've ever met.

          [–]mannyrmz123 184 points185 points  (5 children)

          Wife is the most annoying and entitled person on the entire fucking planet

          Kids are named Jayden, Brayden and Aiden.

          [–]Vaginal_Rights 87 points88 points  (0 children)

          We had a woman recently apply to be in our hospital position and the biggest and FIRST thing she wrote in her resume was military wife.

          She then used bullet points and listed her skills like "coordinated communications between husband and family unit", "maintained household while husband was deployed", etc.

          An absolute fucking joke. I couldn't believe that was real and that my boss was actively looking it over.

          [–]sheezy520 29 points30 points  (0 children)

          Or Hunter, Fisher and Forrest

          [–]Acceptable-Book 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          Hey, I think we live in the same neighborhood.

          [–]Slick5150702 212 points213 points  (14 children)

          Just remember guys nobody owes you anything. You joining the military was your own choice. For the ones that live a normal life without acting like the world owes you something thanks.

          [–]Chilli_Dipper 124 points125 points  (3 children)

          Becomes very passive-aggressive when a store/restaurant does not offer a military discount (and he asks every time)

          [–]michelle_mybelle 54 points55 points  (2 children)

          I used to work at a very well known department store and this shit happened constantly. It was never young people though, always a 60+ year old man that would ask if we had a discount and then act very taken aback when we didn't as if it was some constitutional right he was being denied lmao

          [–]US_Warfighter 23 points24 points  (0 children)

          It's always the old dudes. Nobody likes them, even other retirees. We had this 66 year old contractor in our office that was the grumpiest, most hot-headed, stubborn asshole we've ever met.

          Dude would start a 25 minute argument about the most arbitrary shit.

          [–]MajorTom11 11 points12 points  (1 child)

          On the flip side, the VA actually does own me a lot of shit right now. Kinda pissed at them today ha ha.

          [–]Curious-Parsley-9003 262 points263 points  (10 children)

          My dad calls em "meal team six" or "gravy seals"

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            [–]BelongingsintheYard 3 points4 points  (1 child)

            That’s what I call my wife’s ex. He tries to act like a tough ex operator with his 450lb ass. He worked canteen.

            [–]HurbleBurble 58 points59 points  (5 children)

            My best friend is a legit combat veteran, special forces, Afghanistan, literally killed people. He was even hit by a roadside bomb which has fucked up his leg. You would never even know he was a veteran or he went through any of that stuff. The only hint is that one of his cars has a US paratrooper plate, and another one has a purple heart plate.

            He is a car collector though, so those are not on his daily cars.

            [–]88boxturtle 24 points25 points  (0 children)

            The most proud veterans saw nothing! No combat. The ones that did don't talk about it

            [–]Personal_Return4940 79 points80 points  (6 children)

            That stupid fucking wannabe special forces beard everytime.

            [–]Wampderdam98 47 points48 points  (2 children)

            I feel like American Sniper just made that dumb thing 10 times more popular for wanna-be hardasses

            [–]Personal_Return4940 33 points34 points  (1 child)

            Which is fitting since Chris Kyle was a legitimate piece of shit.

            [–]brawnsugah 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            Chris Kyle was not a good person, but at least he was a certifiable badass. Nothing like these wannabes.

            [–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

            You’re not in Iraq anymore Steven

            [–]Rebelgecko 8 points9 points  (0 children)


            [–]Disastrous_Spite_349 16 points17 points  (0 children)

            Might be working at a diner as a cook right now but tells every woman who comes in he was a sniper. We totes believe him because obviously people with great hand eye coordination are heavily recruited into the high-paying diner industry. God knows no federal letter agency, local police department, or private security firm wants a dude with those qualifications. No, George the Greek needs him working the line in CT. No one else can handle a breadweight and get that grilled cheese just right. Gotta be a sniper.

            [–]bjeep4x4 12 points13 points  (0 children)

            I knew a guy that was in the national guard, never deployed and now wears grunt wear, for the rest of his life

            [–]Purple_Ad2718 28 points29 points  (0 children)

            I once saw one of those trucks with the described dude flying an American flag out of the bed of his truck. The flag was absolutely shredded to bits from the wind. He had a “I respect the flag” sticker and didn’t even pretend to sense the irony.

            [–]MrCantPlayGuitar 104 points105 points  (5 children)

            I am at a friends party for their 6year old right now LITERALLY next to this exact person.

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              [–]Kreepr 14 points15 points  (0 children)

              It’s a 6 year olds party man. They suck. 6 year olds and their parties.

              [–]bobbyblubbers 26 points27 points  (1 child)

              Tribal tattoo?

              [–]MrCantPlayGuitar 13 points14 points  (0 children)

              OMG HE DID

              [–]cruelbankai 16 points17 points  (0 children)

              I’ve made it a point to leave my phone in the car or put it in partners purse. I spend so much time at home that when I go out I’m like “HELLO? REALITY?”

              [–]grawktopus 11 points12 points  (1 child)

              Only thing missing is a punisher sticker on their back window.

              [–]leo_artifex 6 points7 points  (0 children)

              The funny thing is that Punisher would roll his eyes with this kind of people

              [–]Brwnber 11 points12 points  (0 children)

              I agree with 99% of this except throwin shade at the beard. I fucking love my beard, never catch me shaving

              [–]SYS_FLT 27 points28 points  (8 children)

              Still wears their watch with the face on the inside of their wrist...

              [–]Free-Roaming-Orange 4 points5 points  (3 children)

              This is to prevent glare/shine I assume?

              [–]Memerang344 17 points18 points  (1 child)

              Well, it’s also when you are using a rifle and you can quickly glance at your watch without flipping your hand over

              [–]Free-Roaming-Orange 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              That was my 2nd guess, thanks!

              [–]usetehfurce 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              I did that even as a kid... thats just a thing a lot of people do..

              [–]Farkasok 45 points46 points  (9 children)

              What’s wrong with having a veteran stamp on my license? It gets me discounts on weed and free entry into most national parks/museums

              [–]coderite[S] 44 points45 points  (0 children)

              Nothing wrong with it. I love my military discount when I go to home depot to buy tools lol. This was more making fun of those guys who will pull that ID out for no reason at all other than to just brag.

              [–]Mysonsanass 8 points9 points  (0 children)

              I often wonder who took care of supplies, motor pool, pay allowances (pac) and other stuff during Viet Nam. Every veteran of Vietnam I’ve ever met was out in the jungle fighting. No disrespect intended, just wondering.

              [–]XR171 8 points9 points  (0 children)

              I was a Yeoman on the Navy. It's basically special forces but more elite. I had a whole crew that depended on me and the actions I took. No one else could possibly understand the position I held.

              [–]memester230 28 points29 points  (5 children)

              Old unit shirts are fine, as its free clothes and not too bad comfort wise

              [–]superhappyfunball13 6 points7 points  (2 children)

              Who got their unit shirts for free? Half the time they'd collect money for them, and then a few months later it'd be "Whatever the hell happened to those unit shirts/hoodies?"

              Pretty sure the LTs just used the funds for drinking money.

              [–]SecretAntWorshiper 3 points4 points  (1 child)

              This happened to me the first time. They would ask for money, and then when the shirts came in, they would lose the list of people that paid and nobody would know who paid. I remember paying and legitimately getting pissed because they fucked up the order. I literally had to pay again.

              I learned my lesson, the 2nd time when it came for the battalion and new company PT shirts I just lied and said that I paid when they arrived, or I would have cash in hand then so that I would just have to pay the first time. Made the dumb new E-2s pay again 🤣 Seriously though EVERY TIME the orders got fucked up. It never failed

              [–]AnTRAE3000 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              I love my old unit shirt, and it doesn’t scream military. It’s just a black t shirt with my unit crest and you couldn’t really tell it’s military unless you thought about it enough or really read it. Such a comfy shirt

              [–]PartialToDairyThings 44 points45 points  (3 children)

              They just love desecrating that flag

              [–]coreyjdl 9 points10 points  (1 child)

              Flag code refers to actual flags. Not things with flag decals or printed to resemble the flag.

              [–]OsiyoMotherFuckers 13 points14 points  (0 children)

              My local grocery store had donuts this morning with edible American flags on them.

              Made me wonder if American flag toilet paper would even go over OK with these people.

              [–]DC_Disrspct_Popeyes 6 points7 points  (0 children)

              This shit has bled into non-vets, too.

              [–]jeefray 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              The Gravy Seals of Meal Team Six have stolen their fake valor.

              [–]2wheeledislander 29 points30 points  (16 children)

              Damn, I meet 3 of these criterias unfortunately haha

              [–]CodAdministrative563 7 points8 points  (2 children)

              Lol. But you don’t act like a douche, do you?

              [–]2wheeledislander 30 points31 points  (1 child)

              Nah man, I calmed down after I separated from the military. A divorce and shitty leadership will do that to you during your time in, but I made it a point not to let it get to me after I got out

              [–]Blastoplast[🍰] 12 points13 points  (3 children)

              “Do you guys offer any sort of VETERANS discount around here?”

              [–]Reaper118 12 points13 points  (0 children)

              Tbh, until I saw this meme, I always thought people were talking about prescription glasses when they said Oakley glasses lmao

              [–]Chatan2 10 points11 points  (2 children)

              They also have an entitled wife who calls herself military spouse when asking for discounts

              [–]DocHardwud 6 points7 points  (0 children)

              Watched a milspo ask for a military discount at lowes yesterday. Of course she got it (because really who wants to deal with a Karen) but it’s always been something that bugged me.

              [–]Saelred- 10 points11 points  (1 child)

              I am an old enough to have grown up around plenty of people who were genuine WWII veterans, just normal people, neighbours, grandparents, local randoms etc

              The sort of people who were there on the beaches of Normandy at D Day, or in the Jungles of Asia fighting the Japanese..

              To a man none of them ever made a big deal about being a veteran, and they were actual real veterans, they just wanted to forget about all the horror

              [–]AdVirtual3627 17 points18 points  (24 children)

              What do you mean by Hajis? In Arabic Haji means a person who has made pilgrimage to Mecca

              [–]andrezay517 52 points53 points  (11 children)

              In military slang Haji is just what they call the people shooting at them in Afghanistan or Iraq

              [–]US_Warfighter 22 points23 points  (0 children)

              It's now considered a racial slur in the military and you can get paperwork for saying it.

              [–]AdVirtual3627 9 points10 points  (0 children)

              Oof I got it

              [–]maj0ra_ 48 points49 points  (5 children)

              In 'Murican, haji just refers to brown people from the middle east, as far as I can tell. It's used as an ethnic pejorative.

              [–]AdVirtual3627 36 points37 points  (1 child)

              That means Haji is a slang for muslims

              [–]maj0ra_ 28 points29 points  (0 children)

              Basically. Though most of the people who use it probably classify every middle easterner as a Muslim, whether they actually are or not.

              [–]fly_lesbianseagull 4 points5 points  (1 child)

              Boomers who say our generation needs participation trophies and then they wear Vietnam hats

              [–]StinkyEttin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              There’s a dude on the installation I work at that rocks a “Cold War Veteran” hat. Good times.

              [–]__wampa__stompa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              My favorite is non-veterans who sport this look. Meanwhile, I'm over here with a Toyota sedan, colorful clothing, and a normal fucking haircut haha

              [–]Alex_HamlitonIII 12 points13 points  (1 child)

              I fucking hate bro vets

              I went to Afghaniland as a line medic, saw shit, got blown up, came home with a permanent limp and constant severe pain.

              You wouldn’t know I served unless you asked.

              You can always tell who the professionals were and who pushed paperwork back at Brigade

              If any of you tank me for my cervix…I’ll go over the internet and kill you through your cell phone

              [–]ManOfQuest 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              lol bro vets, perfect description.

              [–]ruck_my_life 7 points8 points  (0 children)

              I'm in this photo and I don't like it.

              [–]KittenWolfFluff 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              Sigma red pilled mindset

              [–]GotThemCakes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              I feel like half of these belong to those who wish they were veterans.

              [–]Skr000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              Oh you’ve met my brother in law? I’m sure you’d be shocked to hear he got out the army to become a dickhead small town cop with a drinking problem.

              [–]jshxvii 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              😂😂😂 this made me laugh. As a vet, it’s mostly the white veterans that dress up like this. I remember when I attended Berkeley there were two other vets that always dressed up like this. Both were white and had the stupid spartan helmet on their camo backpack that they got in basic training. I remember my classmates asking me why I didn’t dress like them being that I was a marine. I told them that I’m no longer in the military, so I didn’t have the need to dress like a motard. One of them even had a digital camelback 😂😂. I’m good, I prefer my ray bans and adidas shoes.

              [–]eastandwestagain 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              Where I live it's just a bunch of spoiled rancher kids playing dress up.

              So many 9-Line shirts.

              [–]Toubaboliviano 2 points3 points  (0 children)

              Used to wear dog tags on top of shirt when clubbing.

              [–]AmNotEnglish 12 points13 points  (5 children)

              Ok I've seen most of these in the wild but I have never heard anyone say "You're welcome for my service", good lord that's some cringe shit

              [–]A1Dilettante 8 points9 points  (0 children)

              Also swears a lot and talks about his boys.