Retirees and their rank nonsense. Also, hubbies!

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3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #13954 by UH1-Vietnam
Are we the only ones who pick up on this? The retiree who has not taken the rank off yet,

If it isn't the ones who won the (fill in the blank with which War you like) ______ War all by their selves, it is the retiree who still wears his rank.

Hey RETIREE, you are retired now. Don't you know how idiotic you sound by saying "I am Chief so and so" or "I am colonel so and so?" When we all know you are Mr r-e-t-i-r-e-e like the rest of us?

I am sure many of you have ran across these types. And their wives who think, or better yet -- thought, they were the same rank as hubby was.

Recently one retiree at a FamCamp I over heard state "I am Chief so and so" about every other sentence out of his mouth.
What a idiot.

Then we have to hear from the wives. "I am colonel XX's wife" "or my hubby is a Chief"

Wrong hon. You are the wife of a retiree. Period.

Retirees out there do us all a favor and stop blowing smoke and acting like we care.

The retiree who does not blow smoke. Does not tell War stories. Does not ever bring up his rank...is one to respect. They did it.

I do hope a few of you type read this and see how dumb you sound and that others do not care about your FORMER rank or HER rank.

Give it a break and enjoy your retirement.
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3 years 1 month ago #13955 by heater1
:) Nice piece of work, I hope you feel better!! One thing for you not to do is work as a clerk for a FamCamp! Enjoyed your write up, it is all so true!!! Thanks Dave
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3 years 1 month ago #13956 by UH1-Vietnam
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Heater1,

Hey you have to have a sense of humor at the FamCamps and on here.

I have seen all of them. The never retired retiree. The retiree who still wears his rank. The hubby who clings to his wife's rank.

But take it in stride.

When they start telling me how the won the War, I ignore them. They get the message real fast when they know their BS is not flying (no pun intended) with me.
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3 years 1 month ago #13957 by floridakamper
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UH1... You seem pretty unhappy dealing with military retired folks, recreation facilities, military space available travel and I guess much more. Why do you subject yourself to all these things that irritate you. I don't think the retired Marine or Chief Petty Officer that is proud of his service and likes to be around like minded people would miss you if you stayed in commercial campgrounds or traveled some other mode than military aircraft. I don't know you or dislike you but you sound like a very unhappy person. And if you think I'm an "A" hole, you might not be wrong and I'm sure you'd find some others that agree.
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3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #13958 by UH1-Vietnam
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Hey Floridakamper, let me clear some things up with you. I have met many fine people at FamCamps. I enjoy being around military retirees. FYI I am very happy in life. Hit the big 80 and still kicking. Now that you understand that, lets move on.

I know I am not alone in not liking these types. And you run into lots of them at FamCamps!

I bet there are many like me who do not like retirees who still think they are on active duty and constantly run their mouths implying they are still on AD.

We all should be proud of our service. That is not what I am talking about. I am proud of mine.

I am talking about the ones who still think they are on active duty and cannot hang it up. You have seen and heard them.
Mouthing all the time saying they are "Chief" or "Colonel" gets old from these guys. They are no longer wearing the rank. They cannot put it up. I have seen and heard retirees get real pushy saying there are this and that. Sorry Floridakamper, they are retired.

I am talking about the ones who spit out war stories that you know is BS. You have heard them. The real warriors say nothing.
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3 years 1 month ago #13959 by floridakamper
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I'm a big fish but I won't take the bait again.
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3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #13960 by UH1-Vietnam
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Floridakamper.
Hope didn't offend you. Apology offered up front.
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3 years 1 month ago #13961 by travelGuy
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Oh my, telling it like it is is not PC.

And if UH tells it like it is, he is one unhappy dude.

My, my, UH hit 80 and is unhappy. At that age you are happy to just wake up.

Do I dare say I also have seen the ones UH described? Or will I be "unhappy" too?

Now, lets all hug and be happy.
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3 years 1 month ago - 3 years 1 month ago #13963 by LamSan
Very interesting viewpoint UH1-Vietnam and thankfully this type of military retiree is in the minority. Sure we hear them bragging but in the nicest way possible we excuse ourselves after it starts getting boring and too deep. I am the wife of the retiree not the old lady and am proud of him and all who served honorably. I guess by the time we reach 80 we may feel like you do; but I will remind myself to be polite and excuse myself same as I do today.
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3 years 1 month ago #13964 by UH1-Vietnam
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LamSam, excellent post. Perhaps the best one on this entire board.

Great way to handle things.

Thanks for posting.
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3 years 1 month ago #13979 by Frank A.
UH-1, as one of our former Presidents used to say: "I feel your pain". I don't let stuff like this bother me as long as they don't try to pull rank on me. If I get tired of their war stories I just try to stay clear of them. Hang in there.
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3 years 1 month ago #14009 by dubob
UH1-Vietnam,

I am a 73 year old retired USAF MSgt. When I wear a hat (not at all times or in all places) I wear a baseball cap with that information PROUDLY displayed on it. I have NEVER introduced myself to anybody as MSgt Hicks since the day I took my uniform off for the very last time. I have never told anybody what my rank was unless directly asked about it. When people thank me for my service (from seeing my cap), I usually respond by saying "Thank you; I'd proudly do it all again." I was never in a war other than the 'Cold War', so I have no war stories to share with anyone. I fixed radars for 20 years and can answer any radar questions you might have if asked.

So far, you've made 11 posts on this site, and the majority of them have been complaints about some perceived mistreatment or complaint about somebody else's poor behavior. Your attitude on this website is not winning many fans, me included. In fact, if I could block your posts on this website, I'd be inclined to do so given your propensity to be overly negative about your treatment as a retiree.

Only you can control how you are perceived by others on this site; and so far the perception isn't in your favor - IMHO.

Bob Hicks, from Utah
I’m 76 years young and going as hard as I can for as long as I can.
“Free men don't ask permission to bear arms.” ― Glen Aldrich
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3 years 4 weeks ago #14014 by travelGuy
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Hicks, each to their own. Nothing offensive has been posted by UH-1.

Suggest if you don't like what is posted by someone, then don't read it.

From what I have read, I agree with UH-1.

Sorry we all cannot be PC like you.

Hugs.
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3 years 4 weeks ago #14015 by Navyzone
Think this has run its course. Let's end this line of conversation.
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3 years 4 weeks ago #14016 by travelGuy
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Navyzone, couldn't agree more.
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3 years 3 weeks ago #14035 by larryf
The following info was received and I was asked to post this:

AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 1-1
1.6.3. Respect for Retirees. Retirees are entitled to the same respect and courtesies as active military members. They will be addressed by their retired grade on all official records and official correspondence, except for correspondence and other matters relating to a retiree’s civilian employment.
10 U.S. Code § 772
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A retired officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title and wear the uniform of his retired grade.

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A person not on active duty who served honorably in time of war in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title,

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