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    "Retired" after 5 years?

    I don't like that people who are discharged due to medical, are called " retired".
    I did 20 years ad, and I EARNED that title. Sorry you got hurt, and could' finish your time. But you're the same as me? Nope.

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    Got a burr under your blanket, Spirit?

    Did something happen that brought this on?

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    You folks said no one was talking on here. Let's see how long until the mods don't like it.

    And it's on old burr under my blanket.

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    This does seem like a good subject to start a discussion.
    As a 20+ year retiree, I must say when I see (Ret) after a low rank or retired associated with someone who looks WAY too young to be "blue-ID mafia", it does get my attention. Most of the time it's when I'm watching the Military Channel or the Military History Channel. When it's the PFC who defended Wake Island and became a POW or a Ranger who was medically retired after Mogadishu? I have no issue with the letters R-E-T following their former rank.

    With that said, there is a certain 17-year SSgt who was medically retired in 1996 (who sewed on SSgt a week before I entered the USAF and I was a TSgt and this individual's supervisor) that if I saw this waste of human flesh on TV with SSgt, (Ret) USAF on the screen I'd need a new TV since that one would have had a brick thrown through it, and I'd have thrown it into the street, then the pond, then back into the street.
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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo432 View Post
    This does seem like a good subject to start a discussion.
    As a 20+ year retiree, I must say when I see (Ret) after a low rank or retired associated with someone who looks WAY too young to be "blue-ID mafia", it does get my attention. Most of the time it's when I'm watching the Military Channel or the Military History Channel. When it's the PFC who defended Wake Island and became a POW or a Ranger who was medically retired after Mogadishu? I have no issue with the letters R-E-T following their former rank.
    Am going on my 24th year; feel the same way.

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    I don't understand why this sort of thing bothers you. is it just that they didn't "earn" the retired moniker? That "retired" should be reserved for those that complete a certain number of years of service? What about the TERA people...did they earn being called "retired"? Gonza wants to differentiate between "medically retired" based on combat injuries, and those who just line of duty.

    I'm not trying to belittle your feeling, Spirit, it just seems like a small thing to be uspet about.

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    There IS a difference between medically retired, and retired from active duty. I would be happy with " med ret" instead of "ret". I earned the right to put " usn ret" after my name ( which I rarely do). And " med ret" would let folks know the difference.

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    I saw a suburban with Handicap plates park in a movie theater handicap spot. Out comes an adult female and four young teens, all who walked briskly into the theater so they wouldn't miss the show.

    I guess the parking spot is for the vehicle with the plate, rather than the handicap owner, (who obviously was not the driver)? Nice example to set for the kids!

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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    Why stop there? Why not distinguish between those who were a desk jockey their entire career, or those that were ground pounders, or pilots etc...

    Just so I understand, the Marine who has put in 5 combat tours and came home from the last one without the same body parts he left with, isn't on the same playing field as the finance guy/gal that showed up and sat at a desk for 20? Because that magical "20 years" means the "ret." was earned, versus "given" to someone who was med retired?

    I imagine this wasn't what you were referring to, but rather those who bent over to lift a box of files and ruptured a disc and ended up being med retired with only a couple years under their belt.

    Slippery slope when you try to start figuring out who "earned" their retirement moniker.
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    Re: "Retired" after 5 years?

    Ok, "ret" for 20. " med ret" for being screwed up. " com ret" for combat screwed up.

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