Posted on Jan 29, 2015
Sgt Branden W.
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I've been out for 10 years now, and one by one, the old habits drilled into me by my lovely DI's and those SNCO's in the fleet are dropping off.

The haircut.. somewhat high, not too tight.
The Physical Training. Nope. If you see me running, I'm out of ammo.
Shaving daily.. no, Gillette already has enough of my money.

BUT.. I still line up my shirt buttons with my belt buckle, and you better believe the creases on my shirt will cut you. My shoes still have that spit shine.

Anyone else? Which of those old military habits remain unshakable?

Semper Fi
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The gig line is one that I check every day. I had a friend tell me that my gig line was F'd up a couple years ago ... I was retired and in civilian clothes (and so was he) ... those habits die hard.
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Sgt Branden W.
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CW5 (Join to see) same thing happened to me. Gig line.. never heard the term. Or if my DI told us, all we heard was his blood pressure spiking
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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The only two that I really follow:

If you have belt loops, wear a belt. And male Marines don't carry Umbrellas.

Generally speaking, I get a haircut twice a year whether I need it or not. It is always keep need and orderly, just let it grow long because I can.

Shave weekly. You won't believe how much I save on razors.

When I got out, I swore I would never run again. About 7 years later, I hopped on a scale and said "Oh hell no." Ended up running my first Marathon 8 years to the Day from my EAS. I've got close to 20 halves, a dozen fulls, and an Ultra under my belt now. I want a 100 Miler by the time I'm 40 just to say I've done it.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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Oh hell no.
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
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Funny you should mention this! The Chief Judge in my office (Social Security) retired back in June. He was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. I was career Army. Everyday, he'd stop by my office to ensure bother of us were squared away (including the gig line). As more veterans were hired on in the agency, he'd do the same with them. Some weren't sure how to take his approach, so he disregarded them and figured they were just screwed up! HA! I really miss that guy!
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Sgt Branden W.
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S. Sounds like a hell of a boss!
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
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Sgt Brandon Wells, I've been very blessed!
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At least he didn't make veterans conduct police call outside, or berate them for no PT belt.
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
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SPC, no he wasn't that crazy. Although he'd joke around about having PT in the parking garage at 4:00 a.m. Every now and then he'd ask !e how the PT was and I'd ask him to explain his absence. He'd tell me to go "F" myself and then we'd laugh about and go back to work. HA!
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