5 Opinions On Military Life That Change When You Become A Veteran

U.S. Army Pfc. Patrick Camp, left, and Spc. Thomas Garrard, both truck drivers attached to the 2025th Transportation Company, share a few laughs as they wait to transport M1 Abrams tanks from Contingency Operating Base Speicher to Forward Operating Base Taji, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2009.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven King

When big life changes occur, it can alter the way one sees the world. This is also true for active-duty service members when they transition into veteran status. The way they view their service or certain details of military culture can change.

A recent Reddit thread entitled “For civilians who like to tell the world what soldiers/veterans think” included relatable experience that changes when one transitions from active duty to being a veteran.

Some of these are so universal that we had to share them, so we went through and picked out the best, with light edits for clarity and profanity.

1. On benefits from the VA:

Active duty: “At least when I’m done I’ll have my VA benefits!”

Veterans: “What benefits?”

2. On military tradition:

Active duty: “Another horse and pony show formation? What the heck are we out here for this week?”

Veterans: “I hope those kids in formation remember to unlock their...Nope! There went another one! LOL.”

Related: Here are the funniest punishments ever handed down in the military, according to the internet.

3. On civilian contractors:

Active duty: “I can’t believe I have to train this dumb civilian employee to do my job while he’s making eight times as much as I am right now and gets to go home in another 2 hours.”

Veterans: “Seriously, why can’t I get a civilian employee job?”

4. On all those “S” shops:

Active duty: “Crap! Is it S1, S2, S3, or S4 I’m supposed to be reporting to?”

Veterans:  “I still don’t know what all those S’s were for!”

5. On work responsibilities:

Active duty: “Work? Catch me if you can!”

Veteran: “Work? Please! I’ll do anything! Just give me a job because my family and I really need the money.”

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