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    Have you ever noticed, in LEO speak, "hang loose" and "hold tight" mean the same thing?
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    Yeah, I'm not LEO, but I use it the same way all of the time with my drivers in the field. I think it comes from being "loose" and ready for action, and staying "tight" to where you currently are.

    Silly thing the English language, and the way we abuse it.
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    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.

    That's so true, and so funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
    I'll bet there are a lot of other words that would cause the different branches of our Military Services to come up with different responses as well! This is funny!
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    Hey I resemble that remark on the Air Force, and it depends if its a nuclear asset or not how we secure something. If its a nuclear asset its similar to the Marine version just we kill anything that moves just we don't set up HQ afterword. We don't need to, we already have a great lease elsewhere.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Then the Air Force takes the rest of the month off and head for the pool; they've got all the others doing the dirty work.
    Now, who's the smart ones, eh?
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    Kinda like: "Give me some "close air support"......

    To the Army it means: Eatin MRE's around the campfire, while fighting the mosquitoes, and no BEANO available...peeeeewwww....Close Air!!!!!

    To the Navy it means: Hot racking and jumpin in as soon as gass is passed by the fella gettin out an goin on duty.

    To the Marines it means: Bein first in the AO, killin everyone inside it, securin it for a HQ, then blowin "close hot air smoke" bout what a great job they did.

    To the Air Force: It means the ground guys have gotten themselves in some big "poo poo" and need the help of the fast burners or the drones, to bail em out. What's a lil help for our brothers in combat when they would do the same for us...

    To all the folks in uniform...even tho we have a different mission...like most folks...all we wanna do is cover each others six and go home to our families. God Bless em ALL..
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerriLi View Post
    Hey I resemble that remark on the Air Force, and it depends if its a nuclear asset or not how we secure something. If its a nuclear asset its similar to the Marine version just we kill anything that moves just we don't set up HQ afterword. We don't need to, we already have a great lease elsewhere.
    I'm with TerriLi on this one LOL. Like Hawaii, this belong was funny as chit though.

    Likewise, have you ever noticed that the term "secure" means different things to the different branches of the military? If the command is given to "secure" a facility:

    The Army will post guards around the place.
    The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
    The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters
    The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
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    one has to be careful using "secure" with Marines around o/w some people might lose their life.

    the word that is really ticking me off is the word "undocumented" instead of using illegal... the biased portion of the press has legitimized activities outside the law with this substitution. this is kind of like calling a drug dealer a "unlicensed pharmacist"
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