Military Vs Civilian
There are a tremendous number of differences and similarities between military life and civilian life. I joined the Army in 1980, and I saw first hand how big the differences actually were. There is a certain stereotype about the military; that everything is a yell in your face type atmosphere, but its not. There is also a certain stereotype about civilian life as well. It is considered easier than the military lifestyle.
The military life is very structured and disciplined. A soldier is supposed to act and conduct himself according to the military guidelines at all times. There is a law for everything a soldier does, from how he should walk to how he should talk. A soldier is suppose to walk erect, hands at his side, hands cuffed at the middle joints, the arms should swing nine inches to the front and six inches to the rear. A soldier has to address the person he is speaking to in the correct manner. He will acknowledge an officer as sir or ma’am, and an enlisted by his/her proper rank.
There is a regulation governing how much a soldier can weigh at a certain height. If he weighs too much, then he must be taped. Being taped means to see how much body-fat a person has. If he has too much fat, then he will be placed on the overweight program. The program offers the soldier a certain amount of time to try and lose the amount of excess fat. If he is not able to lose it, then he could be put out of the military.
There is also a regulation on how a soldier must wear his uniform. The Battle Dress Uniform is to have a worn look to it. The boots are to be brush shined. There are different types of uniforms. There is a physical fitness uniform, dress green uniform, battle dress uniform, and many others. The uniforms are not to be worn together. A soldier cannot wear a physical fitness shirt with his dress green pants. There is a certain measurement for each me