Every single one of us was a civilian before we shipped off to boot camp and had our way of thinking altered to the military mindset that gets hardwired to our brains.
Good work ethic, teamwork, and honor are just a few traits we organically picked up throughout our training.
Even if we get out, that military mindset never really goes away, and as a result, we see civilians in a different light moving forward.
So check out five reasons why military personnel hate on civilians (we still love you guys, though):
5. They don't get our humor
We have dark freakin' humor, and we can't hide it — nor do we want to. We go through some rough experiences and manage to joke about them as a coping mechanism.
What we think is funny, most civilians consider
f*cked up absurd, but we're not going to change, so get used to it!
4. Most civilians lolly gaggle and fiddle f*ck around
The military teaches us to get sh*t done — oftentimes under great stress or over long hours. Sure, everyone has to sleep at the end of the day, but breaks aren't guaranteed, there's no overtime, and we don't get reimbursed for weekend duty. We can spend all day at work and not see an extra dime.
3. We do more before 0500 than they will do all day
Our command can tell us to be ready for work whenever they want us to without advanced notice. Typically we PT hardcore first thing in the morning or draw weapons before hiking miles out to the field — then eat a cold breakfast.
2. Most civies don't know the meaning of a "hard days work."
Many military jobs require the service member to be in constant danger, and we rarely hear them complain about it — since they did volunteer, afterall. Nowadays, we hear people say how stressful their office job is even though they have breezy air conditioning and hot chow when they want it.
1. They get paid more for the same job.
Many contractors get paid way more than we do for the exact same job, and then drive off in an E-Class Mercedes at the end of the day while we march back to our barracks room.
It's not the civilians' fault, but we need someone to blame.