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  1. One of my favorites is “I have a brother who is also in the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc. Do you know him”? Then of course there is the “The military makes too much money/has too many benefits. It’s not fair”!

  2. I agree. When I tell people that I served with 1st Cav Division, people will always ask me if I know such and such. Right, there are over 20,000 people alone and I am suspose to know that person…

  3. This is one my husband gets a lot “SCAR! thats my favorite weapon in Call of Duty!” I usually get the comment “I bet you know __ ways to kill me.”

  4. I saw action as a 19D Cav Scout back in 2003/04. Being an Army Civilian nearly ten years later, I find myself asking myself all the time “You went to war- did you kill anyone?” I know I shouldn’t ask myself that, but I feel compelled. Is that considered wrong, or is the fact that I have conversations with myself wrong?

  5. My response to the how many kills bullshit is “does it matter” doesn’t always stop em but it usually makes them pause.

    The worst are the pretenders. There seems to be 10 times more Army Rangers and Navy seals then have ever served and 100% more then ones who actually were and admit it.

    The absolute dumbest faker I ever met noticed my Army shirt and asked if I was in which I said yes. His very next sentence, I shit you not was, “I was in the army too… I got one thousand confirmed kills” That guy went for bullshit gold in 10 seconds. Everything else he said was white noise after that.

    Oh and an actual Army Ranger gave me the perfect Bullshit test for those Ranger wanna bees. Just ask them to recite the Ranger Creed. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know it they won’t either. Unless their telling the truth of course.

  6. I’m confused…
    Why is it wrong to ask if you’ve killed somebody or not?
    See, this is what confuses me a bit about armed service….
    You talk about duty and protecting the country, and I’m all for that….
    But you don’t like to talk about what that means. When you get down to it, your job, as a soldier, is to murder people. There’s no way around that. You kill people. Period. I’m okay with that. Somebody has to do that. But why does it upset you when that’s actually pointed out? If you aren’t ashamed of it, if your service really makes you proud, you shouldn’t have any trouble answering the simple question of wether you’ve actually killed somebody.

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  9. I addressed this issue directly in my book ” My Journey as a Combat Medic”. I have been asked this question and I explain to folks, why not ask me how many people have I saved? and for you Kyle, its not murder, its combat, but go ahead and stay confused.

    ( I served as a Combat Medic in Desert Storm and Operations Enduring Freedom, earned the Combat Medical Badge, 2nd Award, the Expert Field Medical Badge, I was a flight medic and went to flight medic school and I was a paratrooper on jump status. I now work as a nurse practitioner. I served both in the active army in a unit called the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment ( Airborne) and in the Indiana and Kentucky National Guard in infantry and FA units. In case anyone was wondering about my credentials)

  10. I apologize for my using the word “murder” specifically. Murder, as defined, is the unlawful, premeditated killing of one human being by another. A soldier killing somebody isnt unlawful, and sometimes its premeditated and sometimes it isnt. I would love to read your book, and plan to look for it on Amazon. Im not insulting or disparaging your service any, because, as I said, I value what you do as a soldier. But the key part of being a soldier is killing other human beings, and I feel like alot of soldiers try to seperate what it means to be a soldier from that fact, and I just don’t think thats right. For anybody, including the soldier that does it, because it ends up hurting them more in the long run. A good friend of mine is a veteran who served in vietnam. Ive known him forever, from all the way back when I was a little kid, and how wonderful and fun he was, and its only now, that Im older, that I understand the profound effect his not having talked about these issues for so long has had on him. Only recently has he become more open in talking about things like this, and its effected his whole life since he came back.

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