Military vs. Civilian Friends


As a military veteran I often find myself torn between two sets of friends, the ones I served with and those I didn’t. I try to explain to each group what makes the other different, but it’s difficult to explain. I found this floating around Facebook among my friends who’ve served in the military. Although it’s meant to be humorous, I found all of it to be highly accurate as well as funny as all get out! I don’t know who the original author is – (I suspect it was Kenneth W. Hammes) but I can tell you he’s probably a veteran. Enjoy!

Military vs. Civilian Friends 

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Tell you not to do something stupid when drunk.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Will post 360 security so you don’t get caught.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs….

MILITARY FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Hope the night out drinking goes smoothly, and hope that no one is late for the ride home.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Know some wild stuff will happen, and set up rally points and an E & E route.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Bail you out of jail and tell you what you did was wrong.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Will be sitting next to you saying, “Darn…we messed up…but hey, that was fun!”

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Steal each others stuff so often nobody remembers who bought it in the first place.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will listen to your relationship problems and hope it works out for you.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Will listen to you over a long hard road march, and will help you straighten it out better than Dr. Phil.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Might try to hit on your girl behind your back.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Have spooned with you in the field more than your girl has, and would never even think about doing that.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, “I’m home!”

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will wish you had enough money to go out that night, and are sorry you couldn’t come.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Will share their last dollar with you, drag you along, and try to work free drinks all night.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Want the money they loaned you back next week.

MILITARY FRIENDS: Can’t begin to remember who owes who money after taking care of each other for so long.

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will tell you “They’d take a bullet for you.”

MILITARY FRIENDS: Will actually take a bullet for you.


1 thought on “Military vs. Civilian Friends”

  1. I really love this! It’s hysterical but also pretty darn accurate. The military friends my husband has made are some of his best friends in the world no matter where they go.

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