I was never in ‘the service’. Not for lack of trying, though. My disability kept me 4-F until the draft was discontinued.
I admire members of the military for their tenacity; their discipline. Always have, even when many of my generation (Vietnam and post-Korea) protested actively against the military.
Of course, with today’s volunteer military, much of the culture has become ‘cool’. I find in conversations with many the lingo terms I use are outdated. “No lie G.I.!”
So I found a crib sheet!
Blowed up: Hit by an IED. Example: “I been blowed up six times this year.”
Fitty: The M2 .50 caliber machine gun. (and how sad is THAT!)
Joe: Soldier. Replacement term for GI.
Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo…
h/t NPR, Ben Brody
Please remember today’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We lose more WWII Veterans every day. – Guffaw