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Default Just last night

First things first, this post isn't to offend anyone. It's not actually a complaint... more of an observation.

I went to grab a beer at a local establishment with outdoor seating. I happened to ride my bike and was seated close to it. Another fellow pulled up on a Sporty and parked along side. I said nice ride and a great temperature for riding.

Conversation kicked off from there. After a beer, he brought up military branches. Obviously, my tee shirt that said :Army' was a clear give away of the branch I served in
He made it readily known that he was a former Marine. I thanked him for his service.

I did not expect him to offer how glad he was to have not served in the Army and his loyalties will be the Marines until he dies.

Naturally, this beckoned me to respond and interact. We exchanged the most basic of verbal service records, where I learned the he served 4 honorable years. He droned on and on about his 'service,' most challenging bits being a tour in Cuba and apparently the Crucible left a lasting impression on him? I finished my last beer quickly, because honestly, you can only embellish basic training stories just so much.

He suggested that Marines earn their title while other branches, not so much. Anyone who knows me would tell you, comments like that will make me snap. I assured him that my 24 years definitely earned me the proud title of Soldier. Nothing shameful about it. Nothing second rate to any other branch. Comparing notes from our 'record exchange' I clearly achieved far more than he.

Loyalty? Hell yeah! I NEVER once had to question the loyalty of my troops. Nor myself for that matter. I'll be dammed if a dude served 4 years is more committed than one who served 24. I've got underwear that's seen more service than that and had tougher times as well. It's just silly...

I was getting up and ready to leave with a comment..
I said, 'I bet old Chesty would've been proud to have you in his command...'

You would've thought I slapped his mother. Lol!

I know there are more Marines here. Are all of the 4 year commitment guys like this?
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