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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SSgt Marian Mitchell
SSgt Marian Mitchell
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I have a hard time calling Col Burroughs Mikel as I respect him so much.
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SGT Charles Bartell
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Sounds' like she a Air Force officer's wife. I have seen a few times on two different A/F base's.
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Capt Mark Strobl
Capt Mark Strobl
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SGT Charles Bartell That happened at MCB Quantico. Definitely two Marine’s wives.
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SGT Charles Bartell
SGT Charles Bartell
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We get them in all branch's. With both wives and husband's.
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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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1LT Rich Voss
1LT Rich Voss
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CSM Jim Corrin - Had a CID friend in Germany that only had to tell me once: "Don't recognize nor greet me when we are off base, you don't need to know what I'm doing or why I'm at that establishment !" Point taken.
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TSgt Brian Mills
TSgt Brian Mills
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I loved dealing with those types of spouses...as a cop I would hear that ALL THE TIME...Pilots spouses were the worst.....When Asked If I knew who their husband was, I'd reply, Do you know who my wife is? The one who can stop your husbands Flight pay...The looks on their faces was priceless, but it shut most of them up quickly. Army Senior Enlisted wives were even more fun....Don't know, Don't care...here is your ticket.
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SPC Paul Sherwood
SPC Paul Sherwood
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CW3 Charles Morris - But we all know that PhD just stand for Piled higher and Deeper!
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LTC Zachary Hubbard
LTC Zachary Hubbard
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Target hit Maj Morton...a sign of insecurity and lack of self identity.
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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
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 Joseph Chantiny
PO2 Joseph Chantiny
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PO2 Mario Lofaro - I have my "friends" to thank for the punchline.
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