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 Wendell Pruitt
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SGT Lisa Turner - I got called on the carpet because the kid saw me walking by his dads office a few days later and said I was there. I told the CSM yes I was there But did not know his son But if his son was the kid sitting there I did see his Son assault at least 3 individuals before He was knocked out and put safely on the bench outside, When I left He was gone so I assumed He had went home and I never saw any MP's in the bar, (which was true, they talked to me outside).
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LTC Ken Connolly
LTC Ken Connolly
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During my stint as a lifeguard in the Army, a LT was reprimanded by the Bn Cdr (probably his Senior Rater) for the LT not obeying a lawful order from a Sgt. The Lifeguard authority in his or her area of jurisdiction was delegated by a Special order from the CG. Needless to say, the LT's career probably took a hit. I guess the thought here is don't let your military rank go to your head. This could keep your ass out of trouble...to paraphrase my Drill Sgt.
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CPL Sally Wittbrod
CPL Sally Wittbrod
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When my husband was in OCS (1967), I read a book What it Means to Be an Army Officer's Wife. One point I remember is that wives don't have rank. In a social gathering, 'My husband the Colonel' is not appropriate because many husbands might be Colonels.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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SFC Wendell Pruitt - what goes around comes around LOL
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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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PO2 Nick Burke These spouses are competing with women veterans on every platform and demanding a seat at the table where those who have made the oath should be; these spouses have declared war on military women. They are in positions and influencing government and policy that cost those of us who have served. There needs to be a law beginning with the Blue Star Moms - using women veterans and the military for revenue generating agendas. It is daunting and they have a strong influence with their aggression.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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Darryl Mansfield - build bridges, do they call you a bridge builder? no, paint houses, do they call you a house painter/ no, but suck one c--k and what do they call you LOL...I know, crude but funny! ;)
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Darryl Mansfield
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PO2 David Dunlap - I have no idea what your comment is supposed to mean. So, my only question for you is were you born stupid or do you just work hard at being stupid each and every day? Or perhaps you were both born stupid and you work hard at perfecting your stupidity each day. Your response, if at all intelligible, will be the answer.
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PO2 David Dunlap
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Darryl Mansfield -I don't respond to trolls so bugger off!
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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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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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PO2 Joseph Chantiny
PO2 Joseph Chantiny
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You know, I have civilian friends that always laugh when I tell them I was Petty...Officer. They say: "that explains everything".
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PO2 Mario Lofaro
PO2 Mario Lofaro
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Good joke, and punchline!
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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I'm just as petty as you are! LOL
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