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11 things a military buddy would do that a civilian BFF probably won't

Here's a short list of things military buddies would do for each other that civilian friends probably won't:


1.  Check out a rash

Blades of Glory, Dreamworks

2. Skip the pleasantries and get right to calling 'bulls-t'

Terminal Boots, YouTube

3. Tee up a minor issue just to get a rise

Goodfellas, Warner Bros.

4. Have a buddy's back, no questions asked

Casino, Universal Pictures

5. Give a hand loading stuff that explodes

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley

6. Cuddle under a woobie to stay warm

Photo by Paul Avallone

7. Not complain about a buddy's weight

Forrest Gump, Paramount Pictures

8. Go above and beyond, like this guy who volunteered to be a POW for his buddies

Cpl. Tibor Rubin, Holocaust survivor and Prisoner of war hero. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Rubin was credited with saving the lives of 40 prison mates by sneaking out of the camp every night and back in every morning, stealing food and medical supplies from his captors and local farms.

9. Jump on a grenade . . . a real one

Cpl Kyle Carpenter receiving the Medal of Honor. Photo: The White House

... and do it again if required

Photos: Wikipedia/Department of Defense

Jack H. Lucas jumped on a grenade twice to save his buddies and lived. He was also the youngest man to be awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor.

10. Ignore the most agonizing pain

Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe Photo: US Army

Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe pulled six other soldiers from a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle while drenched in fuel and covered in flames.

11. Follow each other through the gates of hell.

Master Sgt. Raul "Roy" P. Benavidez (left) and Sgt. First Class Leroy Norris Wright. Image: US Army

Benavidez was a close friend of Leroy Wright and felt that he owed his life to him from an earlier incident in which Wright saved him. His attempt to repay the deed by rescuing Wright led to the insane heroics that almost cost him his life, even Ronald Reagan said it was hard to believe.

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