Posted on May 14, 2016
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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I bring up this question because my wife was treated very poorly by another spouse because of my rank! Here husband is a Major in the Marines and she has told others that is the reason she doesn't like my wife.

Why play the "Rank Card?" RP Members your thoughts?

Why is this still happening in our veteran and retirement community? I've always addressed service members here on RP by their rank initially out of respect for what they have accomplished and then I drop it and start addressing them by their first name as much as possible. Accordingly, RP allows you to highlight the name of another member, so your RP Connections will receive an email and the rank is required - got it!

I think once we leave the service there shouldn't be a stereotyping of rank or service - we should get along and respect each other as veterans and retirees that served a "common purpose!" Again, this just my opinion!

By thw way my wife has never played the "rank card" and never will!
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Capt Mark Strobl
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs - While waiting in line commissary, a woman weaving her cart through line. She explains as she goes ahead: "I am a Colonel So-and-So's wife. I get front of the line privileges." From behind me another voice booms, "Well, I am the CG's wife. I suggest you return to the end of the line, Mrs. So-and-so." Some just, simply don't "get it."
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SFC Chuck Martinez
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CH (LTC) (Join to see) - Amen Robert but seriously, I would prefer the old C-ration we got back in the Nam! Pork and beans, pound cake, can bread, and the ham and eggs. The only problem was trying to bury all the remains so Charlie or the NVA could not find them. We had some careless new arrivals that use to throw them in the bushes but they learned rather quickly about not giving our AO to the VC or NVA!
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CH (LTC) Senior Site Chaplain
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ALWAYS think tactically! I only had C-rations once, and UGHHH!! Maybe mine were left over from WWII! I enjoyed MREs, especially warming them up on the vent slats of an MIAI Abrams!
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SFC Chuck Martinez
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In the beginning, we did get some C-rations from Korean war. We used to put them in GI socks with cardboard in between cans and tie them tightly so it would not make any clanking noises while on patrol. We still had the old army buttbacks in Early January 1966. We had to pack our C-rations, C4, detcord, Claymores, and ammo. We finally got rucksacks and that made a lot of difference. The worst part was in February 1966 when they took away our awesome M14s and gave us that shitty M16 without a forward assist. That was one of the worst things that happened to us in the Nam. Double-feeding and malfunctions and having to break down our weapons while under fire. To put it mildly, it was a clusterfuck!
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SSG Louis McSwain
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While running sick call at the hospital in Augsburg, Germany back in 91-93, there was a spouse who walked in to be seen. I politely explained that sick call period was for service members only but that I would gladly get her an appointment for after sick call. Her response to me was, I am "Colonel so and So's wife and demand to be seen now". My response was, "I don't care if your husband is the Base Commander, you will not be seen until after Soldier's sick call!" She left and came back after sick call was done and never said another word.
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Playing the rank card is a sign of insecurity and lack of self identity. That's the same as a PhD demands others to call him/her "doctor". It's different when in the Military. Aside of the "respect" aspect, it is my job to address others with their ranks because it is in the regulations and I am doing my job. Spouses like that MAJ's wife just need to grow up and get over themselves.
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MSgt Paul Connors
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CPT (Join to see) - Unfortunately Dai uy, I've met far too many DPharms who think they are doctors and their arrogance and condescension is insufferable.
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LCpl Rich Vail
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My father retired as a MajGen USAF...and had a Ph.D....once he retired, he would only answer to Dr. Vail. I too have a Ph.D. I EARNED IT! 7 years of college means something to most people....and since I too was medically retired (LCpl USMC) from active duty...the idea of rank is pointless. we live in a Republic (for now) where there are no patents of nobility. Rank ends when you retire.
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Lt Col Michael Augustyn
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The medical field stole the title of doctor to try to gain some respect as before they were barbers and butchers
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SFC Chuck Martinez
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LCpl Rich Vail - Amen brother!
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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Playing the "Rank Card" sounds pretty Petty but I am a Petty Officer. I'm sorry I couldn't help myself with the Cheesy Joke.
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MSgt Paul Connors
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PO1 Kevin Risner - Better to be "Petty" than "pissy."
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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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Thanks for the chuckle; it was needed.
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SN Kareema Griest
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SFC Chuck Martinez
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Very funny Mr. poker Chip, that comes from being at sea to often. Cheers brother you are a land lover now!!!
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