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You know you are military when...
« on: August 19, 2018, 23:10:22 »
You mark out your landscaping lines with mine tape
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 23:11:55 »
Both your immediate and your extended family know that the lost contact drill is to go to the last known RV.......and they all know the hand signal for an RV
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2018, 23:12:08 »
Having a dedicated closet (or preferably room) for all your military clothing and gear is a pre-requisite when searching for a home.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2018, 23:25:27 »
You have "spill" buckets, flashlights and fire extinguishers at specific locations in the house ... and everyone in the family knows where they are, what they are for and how to use them.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 01:46:20 »
Having a dedicated closet (or preferably room) for all your military clothing and gear is a pre-requisite when searching for a home.

Also, having more clothes and footwear than your significant other.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2018, 01:58:05 »
When you're dropping the kids off somewhere, and they're dragging their asses, you shout:

'Green on! GOOOOOOOOOOOO!'

This also gets you a few odd looks from random passers by....
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2018, 03:53:49 »
Your Christmas stocking stuffers are socks still wrapped in the plastic and your sock drawer is still overflowing!
Something relatively witty.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2018, 13:27:57 »
As happened in my family:

You consider a box of grenades an appropriate gift for a baby shower.

(Obviously, this was a joke).

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 12:54:31 »
When you refer to your wife as 9er Domestic.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2018, 14:15:06 »
As happened in my family:

You consider a box of grenades an appropriate gift for a baby shower.

(Obviously, this was a joke).

It is? Damn am I in trouble!!!

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2018, 22:26:15 »
You use a SKOP kit as your barbecue cover.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2018, 22:50:52 »
You have cleaning stations instead of housekeeping day.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2018, 18:09:30 »
Without even realizing that you're doing it, you get into step with the person walking next to you.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2018, 18:50:09 »
You get upset that Santa stoped putting black kiwi polish in your stocking.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2018, 22:50:28 »
As you drive down the highway, you look for good gun positions for your battery.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2018, 23:04:31 »
When you driver down the highway, ... you use the distance-to-various-towns signs to practice your Speed-time-distance calculations.  ;D  (that's a Navy one).

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2018, 23:33:05 »
When you driver down the highway, ... you use the distance-to-various-towns signs to practice your Speed-time-distance calculations.  ;D  (that's a Navy one).

This...Constantly.

In a similar vein...when I am trying to turn right at an intersection, and I can't find decent space to merge between the passing cars...and I yell at them to "Close to Standard Distance!"  (Also a Navy one)

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2018, 23:37:41 »
When you pass by a bridge and have to resist the urge to stop and get the measurements to do the demolition calcs. (Mostly a sapper affliction.)

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2018, 23:56:15 »
You point out something with an arrow hand...

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2018, 00:04:32 »
You point out something with an arrow hand...

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And then you start to use hand angles and the clock ray method because they don't get it... then they REALLY don't get it :)
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2018, 00:05:35 »
Lol


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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2018, 00:28:38 »
You point out something with an arrow hand...

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You mean “knife-hand?”  ;D

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2018, 00:36:10 »
Depends on how you use it/look at it I guess.   

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2018, 01:07:28 »
When you use the words "say again" in the middle of a conversation, and "Roger Out" at the end of it....
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2018, 02:56:39 »
When you use the words "say again" in the middle of a conversation, and "Roger Out" at the end of it....


Oh goodness...the number of times currently serving members or retired members have called me out, and asked "Hey, are you in?"

Without even realizing it, I tell people to "Standby" - "Be advised" - "Say again" - or a thumbs up & "Solid Copy"...   :facepalm:
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2018, 07:37:18 »
You use abbreviations and acronyms constantly...and your family understands them.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2018, 07:54:38 »
You use abbreviations and acronyms constantly...and your family understands them.

...especially “ACK” 

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2018, 08:09:07 »
GPS in car: "Left turn on Massey drive in one kilometre!"

Me: "Very good!"






Drives my wife nuts.  :nod: It's another Navy one, BTW.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2018, 09:08:17 »
If I’m a passenger at stop signs etc I’ll say “clear on the right” to let the driver know it’s ok to proceed.
My daughter told me to stop it 😈

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2018, 09:43:02 »
You mean “knife-hand?”  ;D

If your moniker is 'Medicine Man', you have the right to call it an 'arrow hand' IMHO :)
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #30 on: August 31, 2018, 10:34:38 »
If your moniker is 'Medicine Man', you have the right to call it an 'arrow hand' IMHO :)

I saw what you did there, DB...  ;)

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #31 on: August 31, 2018, 11:06:24 »
I could have called it “shuto” which literally translates to “sword hand” but arrow felt more appropriate

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #32 on: August 31, 2018, 11:16:00 »
If I’m a passenger at stop signs etc I’ll say “clear on the right” to let the driver know it’s ok to proceed.
My daughter told me to stop it 😈

I have my kids do that.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2018, 11:19:20 »
...especially “ACK” 

   :nod:

Not so much but I use "Say Again" instead of "could you repeat that" or "Huh"

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2018, 11:26:06 »
If I’m a passenger at stop signs etc I’ll say “clear on the right” to let the driver know it’s ok to proceed.
My daughter told me to stop it

Could be worse - if you’re the passenger and you start saying “Driver - advance/stop/left/right” etc.

I could some justifiable domestic battery come from that.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2018, 11:26:41 »
Not so much but I use "Say Again" instead of "could you repeat that" or "Huh"

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2018, 13:16:05 »
You point out things in the distance using the clock-ray method.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2018, 14:19:13 »
You point out things in the distance using the clock-ray method.

...using metres....and knife-hand. :nod:

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #38 on: August 31, 2018, 14:24:44 »
You can't wait to get out only to wish you were back in.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #39 on: August 31, 2018, 14:37:07 »
You ask your kids if they're ready and they tell you they're "good to go".

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #40 on: August 31, 2018, 14:44:58 »
...or tell your spouse, "Wait, out."

...once....

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #41 on: August 31, 2018, 14:52:54 »


You point out things in the distance using the clock-ray method.

...using metres....and knife-hand. :nod:

Followed by the query "Seen?"
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #42 on: August 31, 2018, 14:56:44 »

Followed by the query "Seen?"

Or you just answer "Seen" to things seen or understood.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #43 on: August 31, 2018, 20:50:52 »
when you  tell your kids to keep their boots dry so they do not get trench foot.

then they tell mom at day care they might have trench foot because of wet boots.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #44 on: August 31, 2018, 20:59:15 »
This...Constantly.

In a similar vein...when I am trying to turn right at an intersection, and I can't find decent space to merge between the passing cars...and I yell at them to "Close to Standard Distance!"  (Also a Navy one)

 :D

When you see a car approaching an uncontrolled intersection and you are mentally taking bearings of it to make sure its drawing right. (another Navy one)

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2018, 21:17:13 »
When you are watching little kids heading off to school with 50 lbs of books in their gigantic backpacks and you think: That's pretty good conditioning for a career in the infantry.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #46 on: September 05, 2018, 22:20:06 »
Good points.

When you have no objection to having an Infantry WO teaching your seven year old granddaughter how to grapple and slap on a rear naked choke aka carotid control hold.

Hard corps or what!!
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #47 on: September 06, 2018, 00:56:09 »
When you critique your Fortnight playing kind for crappy fire team drills and weapons choices.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2018, 11:07:34 »
When you fall in with a bunch of guys you never did drill with and the first right turn goes astoundingly well.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2018, 11:19:42 »
When you give your girlfriend a 5 poimt contingency plan when you go grocery shopping
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #50 on: September 11, 2018, 11:41:50 »
When you're driving down a country road and look for your next tactical bound

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #51 on: September 11, 2018, 13:52:23 »
You calculate your weekends off with an assumption that 1 in 4 will be lost due to extras....
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #52 on: September 11, 2018, 15:15:43 »
For you, I think that math is reversed... One in four when you won't have extras...
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #53 on: September 11, 2018, 15:33:58 »
When you start thinking about minefield IA’s when you in ground sprinklers and see if your past steps are visible ☠️


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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #54 on: September 11, 2018, 21:32:03 »
For you, I think that math is reversed... One in four when you won't have extras...

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You have perfectly described a good chunk of my 1983.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #55 on: October 01, 2018, 08:30:45 »
Leaving the house before anyone else wakes up.
Your civi buddies think you're an alcoholic but they're actually just lightweights.
When you're going to the gym and call it "PT kit" and your buddy reminds you you're not in garrison.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #56 on: October 01, 2018, 11:57:10 »
You refer to your best suit as 'Number Ones'.
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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #57 on: October 01, 2018, 13:26:16 »
As retired military with a pension it finally hit me that many civies have financial advisers, not just to add income to their retirement years but to create a retirement income.

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Re: You know you are military when...
« Reply #58 on: October 01, 2018, 16:13:04 »

Your civi buddies think you're an alcoholic but they're actually just lightweights.


That's not knowing you're military, that's setting yourself up to be ex-military.

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