"I served in Iraq as a sergeant for a little over 10 months and took part in more than 200 combat patrols. Before that, I did a nine-month stint in Kosovo. While the military tries its best to show you things like how to write a resume or claim GI Bill benefits, there are some parts of everyday post-combat life they fail to mention. Like the fact that…"
5 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Leave the Army

#5. Everything Looks Like a Bomb
In Iraq, the insurgents’ bombs were hidden in the trash. To this day, I can’t walk past garbage without reflexively thinking it’s going to explode. … So, you wind up crossing the road to avoid it, sometimes more than once in a day, because holy balls, we have some filthy-ass cities in this country. Sure, you know that there’s absolutely no way you’re some kind of secret target, but avoiding it is often preferable to clenching your ass cheeks together while you walk briskly by.

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"I served in Iraq as a sergeant for a little over 10 months and took part in more than 200 combat patrols. Before that, I did a nine-month stint in Kosovo. While the military tries its best to show you things like how to write a resume or claim GI Bill benefits, there are some parts of everyday post-combat life they fail to mention. Like the fact that…"

5 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Leave the Army

#5. Everything Looks Like a Bomb

In Iraq, the insurgents’ bombs were hidden in the trash. To this day, I can’t walk past garbage without reflexively thinking it’s going to explode. … So, you wind up crossing the road to avoid it, sometimes more than once in a day, because holy balls, we have some filthy-ass cities in this country. Sure, you know that there’s absolutely no way you’re some kind of secret target, but avoiding it is often preferable to clenching your ass cheeks together while you walk briskly by.

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