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19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment

You don’t really know your buddies until you deploy together. At that point you get to see a side of them that their families and closest loved ones have never seen — a side effect of spending every hour with them for months on end in a foreign land where all you have is each other.


You get to know the good, the bad, and the weird. Here’s what you can expect:

1. You’ll learn that insults are endearing.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
Tropic Thunder, DreamWorks

2. . . . as is antagonizing each other.

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Generation Kill, HBO

3. You’ll learn exactly how to take the edge off when you go too far . . .

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“I was just pulling your chain. Here, take a chill smoke.”

4. . . . because you’ve shared nearly every single thought that you’ve had over the last few months.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
Tropic Thunder, DreamWorks

Ummm …

5. You’ll learn to think of buds as family.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
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6. You’ll learn to communicate with each other just by grunting.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
Tropic Thunder, DreamWorks

7. (Aviators learn hand signals.)

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Top Gun, Paramount Pictures

8. Your comfort levels will approach new highs (and lows).

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9. And you’ll learn to be totally fine with complete silence.

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10. And you’ll learn to be brutally honest with each other.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
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11. You’ll learn who will be the first to put on his or her “deployment goggles.”

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12. And you’ll learn how to read the signs if something more develops.

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MASH, 20th Century Fox

(In fact, you can pretty much read his or her mind.)

13. You’ll learn where they stash all of their goodies.

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(And it’s a general rule that whatever is his is also yours as long as you replenish it.)

14. And you learn exactly which items in your MRE to trade with whom.

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15. You’ll learn not to rat each other out to superiors.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment

(Nobody likes a Blue Falcon, or Jodies.)

16. You’ll learn where to find your buddies when no one else can.

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17. You’ll learn the most effective ways to settle your differences.

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18.You’ll learn to always have each other’s backs, no questions asked.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment

19. And you’ll learn that other units can’t bitch about your buddies. Only you can bitch about your buddies.

19 things you learn about your buddies on deployment
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