Terminal Lance #101 “The Facebook Poseur”
January 31, 2011
You know exactly what I’m talking about. The Facebook poseur is the guy you see wearing the the brand new kevlar, the interceptor vest, the M16-A2 and improperly fitting gear. He’s the guy that’s never been anywhere, done anything worth mentioning, but lives out his Call of Duty pipe-dreams with the occasional range week where he actually gets to wear all that shiny gear he was issued at CIF (for whatever reason). He doesn’t lie about his Marine Corps experience, just feigns the truth through “badass” profile photos and vague status updates.
All of us, I’m sure, have posted one photo or another that depicts us in our uniforms. That’s not the point, however. The point is that boots may be obvious to the trained eye, but to the average civilian back home–they won’t know the difference. Body armor and weapons look cool on anyone! What they won’t realize is the difference between an M16-A2 or an A4 or M4; the difference between the interceptor vest and an MTV or modern plate carrier–hell, they most certainly won’t be able to tell whether or not there’s even sapi-plates in the damned things. It’s one thing to make your parents and friends proud, but don’t overdo it.
I know it’s super cool to take a photo of yourself the first time you put on that fresh new body armor–but please resist the urge to show it to anyone.