An American Legion friend of mine gets very upset when a non-vet civilian refers to a veteran by a service nickname, i.e. swabbie, squid, grunt, weekend warrior, puddle-jumper, fly-boy, etc. He tells them in no uncertain terms they have not earned the right to call veterans or service members anything but what they are. That the nicknames are a sign of military comradeship among the services.
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I can't get upset by a lifelong civilian calling me a Jarhead, Rotorhead, or any other of the nicknames that have been assigned to Marines over the years. As much as many of us hate to admit it, from the civilian world we came and, for the most part, will eventually return. At best, it shows they were interested enough in us to learn the terms, and at worst, they are civilians without the advantage of our advanced education and should be pitied, not lambasted.
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