Who's that old guy?
Just the odd post here. I was sitting in a Barnes and Noble bookstore (usually pretty nice places with decent snacks, plenty of room, and, most importantly, wireless internet access). While tapping out a different post for this blog, I saw a fairly old soldier enter the store. Judging by his appearance, he was probably about 50. What's the significance of this? Well, if you have any familiarity with the U.S. army, you know that 99 heads out of a 100 will be reasonably young. Whether enlisted, warranted, or commissioned, most soldiers enter service between the ages of 18 and 24. And even if they remain in service for 20-22 years, they're still relatively young when they get out. That being the case, it's always noteworthy to see a soldier in uniform who has some years on him. In such cases, if he's enlisted, there's a possibility he's a Sergeant Major or perhaps even a Command Sergeant Major. If he's commissioned, you may be looking at a general, or a full colonel at the least. Of course, even in the civilian world, gray hair on a male confers a certain amount of status (a social phenomenon that many women have noticed and find quite irritating). But, in the military, being of a certain age and bearing a fair amount of gray confers even more. It is a signal of probable rank. No wonder a couple of the younger guys in the cafe seemed to adjust their seat position just a bit when the "old guy" walked by.
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