unless you’ve been a soldier

I received this poster and comment  in my  G+ stream.   

I’ll never ‘understand’ completely what they live with every day but I  understand and respect the sacrifice and honor that it takes to do what they do and I’m more than aware that,  although the Soldiers will eventually be taken out of the war, the war will never leave the Solider.  That deserves a dedication to them, at least for myself. Thank you for trusting and believing in me, and for welcoming me into your ‘circle of trust.’ It’s an honor.


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Of all the people I’ve meet in my life u r the only civi who really can understand.


Civilian-Military Divide In Two Emails – Business Insider

 I have to admit…I  have the civilian tendencies he talks about here when it come to our troops. It certainly gave me something to think about.

This article was first published on January 11 by   on Business Insider.

Earlier today I wrote a post about  CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who’s come under fire after an interview with Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL who inspired the film “Lone Survivor.”  Read more

Monday’s MILspeak 1/28/14

This week’s lingo is brought to you by  Military Lingo

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.    Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

 **NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.  


  1. Secret Squirrel: Highly classified, top secret. Secrecy confers tremendous status upon soldiers — the most classified missions are often the most prestigious in soldiers’ eyes.

  2. Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone: A military doctrine or political process that appears to exist in order to justify its own existence, often producing irrelevant indicators of its own success. For example, continually releasing figures on the amount of Taliban weapons seized, as if there were a finite supply of such weapons. While seizing the weapons, soldiers raid Afghan villages, enraging the residents and legitimizing the Taliban’s cause. Read more

Judge To Justin Bieber: Join The Marine Corps Or Go To Jail

MIAMI — A Miami judge is giving troubled pop star Justin Bieber a choice in punishment following his arrest on Thursday: Join the Marine Corps or go to jail. Read more

Today in History: Challenger explodes, 1986

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger’s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off. Read more

Prince Harry Frontline Afghanistan second tour Afghanistan 2013



Follow Captain Whales on his 2nd deployment to Afghanistan.


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“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.”

― Erich Maria RemarqueAll Quiet on the Western Front