We’ve all been there; you’re sitting on an uncomfortable chair in some place or another when in walks Mr. I’ve deployed over 1,000 times, caught a grenade with chop sticks, and ate baby hearts General Patton himself.
So what do you do when you run into these people? We all know what you’d like to do and there have been several times where I have come close to it myself; nevertheless, we veterans already have a shitty enough reputation that we have our own themed logical fallacy now and we could really use a break. (Side note – The Rambo Fallacy is starting to pick up steam as a named fallacy that all veterans not only have PTSD but are also dangerous as well.)
The answer to the question of what to do is honestly situational, but one of the most effective strategies I have found is through peer pressure. Peer pressure can lead to both bad habits and good behaviors and in this instance we’re aiming for the latter. One way that can be done is just being present and making your military knowledge known, even if it’s on the slightest level. Ask a simple question that could only be asked by a former military member such as a “where were you?” type question. I have seen this work for others as well as put this to work on more than a handful of occasions where I have encountered loud mouthed logistical branch Reservists. Once they know that at any moment they may get called out on their shit, the likely hood of them shutting up goes up all while saving face and keeping you out of a 30 minute argument on the semantics of the word “combat” goes down.