Service members learned a lot of valuable things in training, and even more when they got out to the fleet or their units.
But aside from all the stuff they read in books and manuals, the majority of what many troopers learned came from watching others, then doing it themselves.
There are also some pretty heady insights they might have picked up that may not have been in the training block.
1. Tuning out the tongue lashings
The second you enter the military, someone's yelling at you to get their point across. After a while, the idea of someone screaming directly in your face wears thin and doesn't seem to bother you anymore.
There's only so many times you can be called a "dumba**" before the word becomes meaningless.
2. Becoming a psychic
We don't mean you can predict the next lottery numbers and become super rich. We're talking about the experience you gain working in the diverse world that is the military. Seeing conflict before it even starts and avoiding it means you've gained a superior sense of "situational awareness."
3. X-Ray vision
Putting up with your chain of command's constant bullsh*t helps you eventually see through other people's intentions when they try to dish out their bullsh*t.
4. Spotting loopholes
There are many different ways to get things done efficiently in the military, and then there's the hard way. Just because you get denied something you want the first time, that doesn't mean you can't try finding a loophole to get that "yes" you're searching for.
5. Sleeping anywhere
If you can sleep outside in a wet and cold war zone, you can do it anywhere under any condition.
6. Packing a suitcase like a boss
When you deploy, you're only allowed to take only a certain amount of stuff with you because it's not like you have tons of storage in a hooch or a berth.
7. Mapping out an escape
Many combat vets like to know exactly where they're going, that way they know how to out to get the hell of Dodge quickly if something pops off — even if it's out to dinner