Every few months, someone will bring up issues of war or the military.
These threads are very hard for me to read, because most of them seem as if they were written by Mongolian yogurt barons trying to outline the cultural significance of 1980s rap music, watching a high school on a Navajo reservation put on a production of "Fiddler on the Roof," listening 11 year old virgins trying to describe the last orgy they were at, or fish trying to describe what birds are like.
Do we have a mechanism to take a poll? If we do, I'd like to find out how many of us have served. If not, we can just chime in on this thread.
Now, for the purpose of this, let's be precise on the meaning of veteran. If you are currently enlisted or commissioned, or honorably* served a tour of duty, peace time or wartime, in an army, navy, air force, naval infantry, coast guard, or paramilitary gendarme subject to military discipline or court martial for infractions, we'll count that. Civil Air Patrol...not so much.
If you served at least six months, but then were medically retired or discharged, we'll count that. If you were dropped from boot camp in less than a month....CSB (cool story, bro.)
If you were some kind of high school or college cadet, but did not join upon graduation, no.
You had to have been a deployable asset.
*In the US, we have five flavors of discharges. Seems some special snowflake with congressional connections got a Dishonorable Discharge. He argued it that "it was just a *little* felony," and that he should have gotten something in between, so in addition to the Honorable and Dishonorable Discharges, congress created the General Discharge, the Other Than Honorable Discharge, and the Bad Conduct Discharge.