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Randy Daytona

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"If U.S. President Donald Trump declares a national emergency as a way to divert military funding to pay for his long-promised border wall without lawmakers’ consent, the Pentagon will be prepared with roughly $3 billion in ready funds, a U.S. defense official told Foreign Policy Thursday. The Department of Defense has $2 billion to $3 billion in unobligated military construction funds—money that has been appropriated by Congress but not yet issued for specific projects—that the president could legally redirect to a wall at the southern U.S. border in a national emergency, the official said." - Foreign Policy

“According to recent facility condition assessment data, one in four Defense facilities are rated as being in poor or failing condition,” the committee wrote in the report that accompanies the fiscal 2017 Milcon-VA spending bill that the panel approved Thursday." - Dayton Daily News
 

picklesuit

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Flew KNUW-KNIP-KNUW yesterday.
Along with all the guys from The Show fishing for that magical altitude without turbulence, I heard a good bit of TYFYS directed at ATC, especially from Minneapolis Center headed west. I wonder if the controllers roll their eyes internally a little too?
 

RobLyman

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Flew KNUW-KNIP-KNUW yesterday.
Along with all the guys from The Show fishing for that magical altitude without turbulence, I heard a good bit of TYFYS directed at ATC, especially from Minneapolis Center headed west. I wonder if the controllers roll their eyes internally a little too?
Serious question: Do you roll your eyes (internally) when someone thanks you for your service?
 

picklesuit

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Serious question: Do you roll your eyes (internally) when someone thanks you for your service?
It depends on the setting. It’s become such a knee-jerk statement from people interacting with the military I think it has lost its meaning. I especially think this is true from customer service reps that sound scripted (USAA and my student loan count come to mind) when I’m trying to change an interest rate due to deployment.

I think we went a little overboard on the whole warrior-culture thing post-9/11 and now we’ve become another special class of citizens that people are scared to offend.

The “TYFYS” is the way they acknowledge our presence ...
 

wink

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It depends on the setting. It’s become such a knee-jerk statement from people interacting with the military I think it has lost its meaning. I especially think this is true from customer service reps that sound scripted (USAA and my student loan count come to mind) when I’m trying to change an interest rate due to deployment.

I think we went a little overboard on the whole warrior-culture thing post-9/11 and now we’ve become another special class of citizens that people are scared to offend.

The “TYFYS” is the way they acknowledge our presence ...
I reply to that in a way that communicates how serious and important our service is, and my pride in it. I don't reply in the same nonchalant and sometimes thoughtless way TYFYS is offered. I don't even roll my eye's internally. Maybe that sends a message. I also advise my newly selected USNA candidates they will be hearing TYFYS in the airport while in a Mid's uniform, and feel like it is misplaced on them. I make a point of sharing how I reply to those comments.

I agree that it is sometimes thoughtless and obligatory. But I don't see the point in having a reaction that communicates the same thing. "Yeah, thanks pal, can you hand me a gallon of 1%."
 
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