Stand down soldier.. Your duty is done!
You've handed all your kit back in and your clearance chit is all signed off. With your last train warrant in hand you visit the guard room. They strip you of your ID card before telling you that your leaving the family that loves you. You then head out and walk through the gate for the last time.... it’s Endex... or is it?
It doesn’t matter how many years you served in the military, it will have had a profound and lasting effect that many struggle to shake off. We've all heard the saying "You can take the man out of the military but you can't take the military out of the man".
It really matters not whether you were a marine, soldier, sailor or airman, you were part of a unique brotherhood. You've experienced things that no civilian will ever be able to comprehend. Whether you like it or not, we are a band of brothers who walk differently, talk differently and act differently.
There are 3 types of people....
Some think when they leave the forces that they become a civilian again. They will adjust to becoming a civilian and lead a normal life. Reality check! You will never be a civilian again! You will never be normal again. You are now a veteran! After joining the military you can never go back to being a civilian ever again.
Try as you might, the tell tale signs will always be there. Sure you can try blending in but you will stand out like a sore thumb. Trying to fit the civilian mould will be hard at times and you will soon realise that the shit you find funny makes civilians gag.
Civilians will frustrate you to the point of wanting throat punch them but you will have to exercise restraint. You're in their world now and they know nothing of the world you came from. It's not their fault! They served themselves while you were serving your country.
Welcome to civi street brother.
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