In life, making mistakes is inevitable — happens to everyone. While some screw-ups in the civilian sector aren't considered a big deal, making them in the military can include a heavy punishment.
For many new service members, shedding that civilian mentality of "I can do whatever I want," is a challenge — especially when you have to wait for permission to do something like go home for the day.
So check out our list of stupid mistakes boots immediately regret during that special adjustment-to-active-duty period:
1. Talking back to a superior
Sometimes you feel the need to tell off someone higher ranking than you just to show your bros how tough you are. In many cases, the punishment given for that action can be worse than the crime committed.
2. Marrying just for the benefits
Sure, the extra pay to buy beer for your friends sounds good now, but there are so many things that can go wrong right after saying the words, "I do."
Who here married a stripper to move out of the barracks? Sorry, exotic dancer...
3. Sleeping with a grenade for your friend
We do a lot for our military brothers and sisters; this can include sleeping with someone's friend as a personal favor.
Imagine waking up next to that.
This one is rarely a repeat mistake...
4. Over-sleeping and missing formation
It happens quite frequently, especially after a long night of drinking. I hope that sleep was worth it, because you're gonna get reamed.
5. Getting caught with someone hiding in your trunk
After a set time, most military bases won't allow people to enter the front gate without proper ID. So there's only one way to sneak that special someone through security — stow them in the trunk.
6. Negligent discharge
Everybody wants to look cool while carrying a weapon around. But don't be the one who accidentally fires the damn thing.
7. When you break something expensive because you don't know how to work it
It happens, but now you either have to man up and face the situation or cover the mistake up somehow.
8. When you try and complete a stunt but...
...it turns out to be an epic fail.
Now you've damaged government property. Go get your Motrin and then get ready to fill out paperwork.
9. Getting a DUI
Showing your boys you can drive drunk is a dumb way to show off.