Our service members should mind their language

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Recently I took a US Airways Express flight from Augusta to Charlotte, N.C. Before the flight and just after the plane had landed, several young men who sat near me and who were obviously military personnel used four-letter words and variations thereof that were clearly audible and not suitable for mixed company.

Being retired military myself, I know such language can become commonplace on the job; however, it is never appropriate when in public.

When I spoke to one of them asking them to refrain from using such language in public in the future, he did not apologize and walked away. Unfortunately, these men did not present a positive image of our military.

Perhaps this was an isolated incident, as most active-duty service members do conduct themselves appropriately. Nonetheless, commanders and instructors at Fort Gordon need to remind their subordinates that their actions and their words spoken in public are a reflection of their service, and should be above reproach.

(The writer is a retired U.S. Air Force major.)

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Runner46
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Runner46 09/12/10 - 08:11 am
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It's a different military

It's a different military these days. Don't forget that the military gets their recruits from the current civilian population. The morals and ethics we knew in our youth are not the same as those of the young men and women today. Military training only goes so far when these young military folks get away from their strict military environment.

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robbie1 09/13/10 - 08:59 am
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While society has changed to

While society has changed to a more narcissistic one, this type of conduct by military personnel is not tollerated. I have had to remind people, military and not, that their language is not welcome. I usually find that when I do it, on the spot and not later, in a courteous manner, I get a positive response. In cases of military personnel, I have had to ask for their unit and First Sergeant's name only once. I have had fewer positive results when dealing with non-military. Most of the time, potty mouths are just not paying attention to their surroundings, and a friendly reminder is all they need.

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billoftt 09/13/10 - 04:15 pm
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And sometimes it is just some

And sometimes it is just some redneck shouting expletives at your wife's minivan in traffic for driving the speed limit.

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billoftt 09/13/10 - 04:17 pm
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If he did not apologize for

If he did not apologize for himself, why didn't you pull rank on him? Robbie has a point, ask for his First Shirt's name.

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