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Old 09-13-2007, 08:15 AM   #1
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Old habits die hard.

What military habits do you still hang on to conscious or subconscious? You might have to think about it.




I still wake up at 05:00 whether I want to or not. No alarm needed
still maintain the “gig line” on my shirt, belt buckle, and trousers
still lace my boots left over right
while walking I still make “crisp” turns either at 90° or 45°
always start off walking with my left foot forward
still curl my fingers and swing 9 and 6 while walking
still use 24 hour time
still use ddmonthyy for dates (13Sep07) that really jacks people up
hang all my clothes in the same direction “dress right” in sections in the closet (this drives my wife nuts)

and last for now that I can think of:
when I’m out target shooting at a non-range (family or friend’s land, etc..) I shout “Is there anyone down range!?” and declare the range to now be “Hot” then shout “Cease fire!”
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:24 AM   #2
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I still wake up at 05:00 whether I want to or not. No alarm needed
still maintain the “gig line” on my shirt, belt buckle, and trousers
still use ddmonthyy for dates (13Sep07) that really jacks people up


and.

I still spit shine my shoes for work
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:27 AM   #3
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I still spit shine my shoes for work
I gave up shoe polish.
I now where plain brown boots that I waterprof with mink oil.The leather saddle bags on my scooter shine like their polished though.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:35 AM   #4
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I wear shirts and ties, so no "plain stuff" here
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:37 AM   #5
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Used to have to wear a tie but that got abolished about 5 years ago. And our dress code never did allow for boots of any kind. I'm not giving up my steel or composite toe boots for anyone. I broke a toe once and will never let that happen again. They haven't fired me yet
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:41 AM   #6
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I work around software engineers and uptight a-holes all day. I'm thinking I better stick with the game plan. Maybe I'll wear some lacy underwear just to know I'm getting away with something.
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Maybe I'll wear some lacy underwear just to know I'm getting away with something.
Your wife might not like you raiding her dresser....

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Old 09-13-2007, 04:28 PM   #9
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I should have joined the Air Force but my parents bounced off all the walls at the mention of the idea. I did take ROTC in high school. These habits remain.

My "gig line" is always straight and I never have my shirt tail out. Even with tee shirts and shorts.

When leaving a meeting, I put my chair neatly under the table.

I say "sir" to lots of people.

I only know how to tie a tie the way Sgt. Couch showed me.

I use the "dd month yy" format for dating anything important, like checks.

I stand "parade rest" when the National Anthem is played.

I think military oxford shoes are pretty comfortable. I actually enjoy shining shoes. (I also like to sharpen knives and polish small metal things. Our silverware looks great!) But I hate doing dishes.

I guess if I had been in the Air Force I would have really been warped!!

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Old 09-13-2007, 04:47 PM   #10
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Not exactly sure what standing at parade rest has to do with habits, as the military stands at attention and renders the proper hand salute when it is played.
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