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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

No, it isn't.

Ya it is. They need to let it go, bring it home.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Thats like being a retired doctor and still wearing a white coat and stethoscope.
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

No, it isn't.

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Speaking of .....

In the Australian Army and US Navy, combat medics & corpsmen are traditionally referred to as 'Doc' . Usually 'Doc Something'. For a while I was 'Doc Rabbit' (I bounced too much when going forward under cover to treat casualties on the training field. Later I was 'Doc Feelgood' after taking an interest in trauma anesthesiology and dishing out the hypothetical morphine on training exercises a little too liberally. There were some much cooler nicknames, but I grew to like mine.

What is weird is when my old army mates still call me 'Doc' and expect me to continue to use it as my call sign in communications. Then I have to explain that I am not a doctor, not active duty and not really living in the last (much .... or at least not that chapter).
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

I find this to be pompous. Calling a retired doctor "Dr.", former senator "senator", retired professor "professor", etc is pretty silly. You're not a doctor anymore or in the military, so why should you be called that?
I'd say "joe schmo, a retired sergeant" or something.

Retired physicians are still referred to as "Dr.".

It's an academic title, not a professional one.

Also, commissioned officers retain their title. Unless you are retired, enlistees do not.
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