recent USArmy REFRAD after two tours in The Sandbox, sent this to me yesterday...
Wanted to share.... Best Wishes to all ... flc
Rules for the Non-Military
Here are a few of the areas where we would like your assistance:
1. The next time you see an adult talking (or wearing a hat) during
the playing of the National Anthem---kick their ass.
2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the American Flag in
protest---kick their ass.
3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the
highest amount of respect to all veterans. If you see anyone doing
otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these veterans
fought for the very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them
on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great.
Then hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.
4. (GUYS) If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you
were. Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues,
telling others that you used to be "Special Forces," and collecting
GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years
old. Now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked.
5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask
them, "Do you fly a jet?" Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot.
Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking. (children are exempt).
6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard 'non-military' ,
inform them of their mistake---and kick their ass.
7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get
on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over
your heart. Quietly thank the military member or veteran lucky enough
to be carrying her---of course, failure to do either of those could
earn you a severe ass-kicking.
8. Don't try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran.
We are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party
affiliation. Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-
Chief (CinC). The President (for those who didn't know) is our CinC
regardless of political party. We have no inside track on what
happens inside those big important buildings where all those
representatives meet. All we know is that when those civilian
representatives screw up the situation, they call upon the military
to go straighten it out. If you keep asking us the same stupid
questions repeatedly, you will get your ass kicked!
9. 'Your mama wears combat boots' never made sense to me---stop
saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a vet and therefore,
could kick your ass!
10. Bin Laden and the Taliban are not Communists, so stop
saying 'Let's go kill those Commies!' And stop asking us where he is!
Crystal balls are not standard issue in the military. That reminds me-
--if you see anyone calling those damn psychic phone numbers, let me
know, so I can go kick their ass!
11. 'Flyboy' (Air Force), 'Jarhead' (Marines), 'Grunt'
(Army), 'Squid' (Navy), 'Puddle Jumpers' (Coast Guard), etc., are
terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a
service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them.
That could get your ass kicked.
12. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the
military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving
and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please
remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors,
marines and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their
families. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make
every day.Without them, our country would get it's ass kicked."
"It is the Veteran, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of
"It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom
"It is the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the
flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the
protester to burn the flag."
Please pass this on so I won't have to kick your ass !
"If you can read this, thank a teacher."
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran."
I never served in the Military. Back in 1969 when I graduated High School they had a lottery system, low numbers got drafted, mine was high enough that I missed having to go to Nam and hope that I am not thought any less of for not running out to sign up, although I fill guilty sometimes for not doing so. It takes a very brave person to join up and go fight in a war and I somehow want to think that If I was a young man today that I could do it but thats easy for one to say. Thank you to all the brave men and women past and present who have served our great country. May God bless you and yours.