I'm mocking someone on Facebook about whether service in the Air Force is military service. Their panties are in a bunch because they are taking offense for someone whom they like who was in the USAF.
Funny thing is, I tend to get Air Force vets on my side of this argument. It's one of the classic jokes we veterans tell ourselves. Right up there with Marines being stupid and sailors being a bit light in the step.
That got me to looking up what the branches of the military really were.
Originally there were five in the US.
Two of those no longer exist.
By World War Two the Lighthouse Service had become part of the Coast Guard and Coastal Artillery had been absorbed by the Army (with some installations becoming Navy).
World War Two era had
Today we have
Coast Guard (Maybe since they aren't DoD but fall under Navy command in time of war)
Notice the Marines don't get mentioned? They're part of the Navy the same way that the US Army Air Corps was. That Corps designation is no accident.
All the jokes aside, I know of damn few veterans who don't mock the other services. I know even fewer veterans who have no respect for the other services when they indulge in the mockery. Most of us will also treat the Marines as if they are their own branch because culturally they sure as hell aren't Navy.
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