17 May 2017

Know the Signs: Is Your Mom (or Dad) a Veteran?

Sgt. 1st Class David Franklin buckles up his 4-year-old son, David Jr., after being picked up from a Fort Lee, Va. daycare facility. April 2017 photo by Lesley Atkinson, Fort Lee Public Affairs
With Mother's Day earlier this week, and Father's Day soon approaching, here's a list of signs your mom or dad might be a military veteran:
  • Uses "wheels up" or "S.P." (Army talk for "Start Time") to describe when carpool is leaving, with or without you.
  • Refers to school drop-off area as the "L.Z."
  • Refers to stops along vacation route as "rest halts."
  • Introduces household announcements with phrases such as "attention on deck" or "now hear this."
  • Requests you clean your room using language such as "police call" or "sweepers, sweepers, man your brooms."
  • Issues 5-point contingency ("GOTWA") plan to babysitters and/or your older siblings, prior to leaving house.
  • Authorizes professional medical attention only for playground injuries that cross threshold of "threat to life, limb, or eyesight."
  • Prescribes for all other injuries and illnesses "2 tabs of Motrin and drink water."

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