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Monday’s military phrases contest went in a different direction than I expected, but that’s part of the fun of them. Vote for your 1st and 2nd choices either in the comments or by e-mail.
Here are the nominations in the category of “Military Phrases That Should Never Pass Civilian Lips”:
"Did you kill anybody?" (submitted by HunterJaeger)
“Thank you for your service.” (Rubber Ducky)
“Collateral damage” (Kreigsakademie)
“Boot camp” (Darth Osler)
“Long pole in the tent" (Alan Van Saun)
“Frickin’ ” (Daniel Flatley)
"Klicks" for kilometers (MartinUK300)
“In the trenches” (when used metaphorically) (BrewsAndPews)
“Roger”—especially when they mean “Wilco” (Benjamin Abel)
“Kill chain” (Jeff Wilson)
“POG, REMF or any variation on that theme.” (Peter Lucier)
“Check your six” (Jim Golby)
“Saddle up” (Lightfighter89)
“Boots on the ground” (James Rashilla)
“Took him off the battlefield” for kill. Just as bad is “neutralize” and absolutely worst of all is “get some.” (Greg Jaffe)
“Battle buddy” (Sharon Burke)
“Calling your exercise class ‘boot camp.’” (Amy Pennza)
“Salty” (Marika Waiters)
“Sitrep” (Sheldon Stanton)
“Would you like a game of freckles?” (Think Defence)
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.