I Now Know Why…

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed together, who were stripped of their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men.

I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…Such good men.

By an unnamed Soldier

Top 20 military phrases used by military families

You just can’t help yourself.

After several years of hanging out with service members, you begin taking on certain sayings and catchphrases that are used in the military and integrating them into your own lingo.

Ever find yourself using a few of these when talking to friends?

  1. “Roger that” – instead of “got it” or “okay”
  2. “Standby” – instead of “hold on a sec”
  3. “Good to go” – instead of “we’re all set”
  4. “Get Some” –instead of “go get ‘em”
  5. “Gouge” or “skinny” – the insider information
  6. “Hard charger” – a motivated individual
  7. “Oscar Mike” or “OM” – on the move, meaning I’m on my way or moving out
  8. “Got your six” – instead of “I’ve got your back”
  9. “Zero-dark thirty” – instead of “first light or dawn”
  10. “Squared away” – meaning everything is ready to go
  11. “Hurry up and wait” – meaning that you get things taken care of, only to sit and wait for things to progress to move forward
  12. “Shit-show” – instead of “things are really messed up”
  13. “Mandatory fun” – used when you’re required to be somewhere at a specific place and time, usually a work function
  14. “Voluntold”  – when someone appoints you to volunteer to something
  15. “Cleared hot” – ready to fire, usually when spoken against someone who is crazy and you’re getting ready to talk to them
  16. “FUBAR” – F*cked up beyond all reason.  Things are usually pretty messed up at this point.
  17. “Hump” – Going out for a long walk, usually with a pack or gear
  18. “Semper Gumby” – meaning that someone should remain flexible to any situation
  19. “Big Green Weenie” – when the military rules are out to screw someone over
  20. You know how to phonetically spell the alphabet when speaking to customer service reps or others: A=Alpha, B=Bravo, C=Charlie, D=Delta, E=Echo, F=Foxtrot, G=Golf, H=Hotel, I= India, J=Juliet, K=Kilo, L=Lima, M=Mike, N=November, O=Oscar, P=Papa, Q=Quebec, R=Romeo, S=Sierra, T=Tango, U=Uniform, V=Victor, W=Whiskey, X=X-ray, Y=Yankee, Z=-Zulu

Think You Can Shoot?

Ted Gundy, 86 year old sniper, awarded the “black hat” one of the highest awards of the marksmanship unit, the black hat awarded to 86 year old ww2 sniper, Ted Gundy, The veteran is given the opportunity to hit a target at 1,000 yards with modern day equipment.

In 1944, Ted Gundy was an army sniper fighting World War II in Europe. More specifically, fighting in the cold and horrible conditions of the Battle of the Bulge, the definitive name in United States Army combat – still the largest battle ever fought by United States troops. Today, Gundy’s gait might be uncertain, his hands shaky and his hearing electronically enhanced (but not always quite enough), but when he settled behind “his” 03 Springfield A4 sniper rifle, none of that mattered.

When Ltc. Daniel Hodne presented Gundy with his own black cap – given only to AMU elite shooters – he and his unit gave a heartfelt thank you to the generation of warriors that came before them