Posted on Aug 1, 2017
SN Vivien Roman-Hampton
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Share your experience and how you react to those questions.
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SFC Stay At Home Dad
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It's a tie between:

"Did you ever kill anyone?" and "Do you know (insert name)? He's in the Army, too."
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SGT Dave Tracy
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Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the winner of today's question!
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SSG Robert Perrotto
SSG Robert Perrotto
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these are the two questions I get constantly from civilians - the first - I never answer - I just give them a pretty straight forward look that tells them that that was a pretty stupid question. The second, I answer honestly.
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SFC Ralph E Kelley
SFC Ralph E Kelley
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Apparently - "Ha! Ha-Ha! Hahahahaha! ... Giggle-giggle-giggly...snicker", isn't the answer they want to hear, but they (and everyone else in hearing) never ask me again.
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PO3 Jacob Jenkins
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The Do you know so and so question is definitely the most common to random people I talk to or family/friends. That one I just say no but then ask them where he/she is stationed and what he/she does and show interest in them then thank them for his/her service.

Another I have run into is in the job seeking world. I have been asked this on multiple interviews... "What's your real world experience?"

This one is difficult to answer because it left me dumbfounded. It was almost like everything I did in the military didn't matter. Has anyone else ever heard this or run into this kind of attitude?
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I'll mirror SFC (Join to see) :
Q1: "How many people have you killed?"
Q2: "Oh, my son's in the Marines, do you know Dave?"

The answers honestly depend on the demeanor of the person asking and my mood.

Professional responses:
A1: "None, and I hope I never have to."
A2: "No I don't know <insert random name here>, but he is very brave to be serving a grateful Nation."

Irritated Responses:
A1: "Lost count, and the day isn't over yet."
A2: "Sorry, no."
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