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One morning as a young navy Ensign, I walked out to inspect my division.  As I looked down the row, I noticed one of my senior Petty Officers was missing.  In his place there was a pair of shoes with a cover (hat) resting on them.

I was a little surprised to see that, because he was such a solid performer.  In fact, I was bummed because he had such a short time left at this command; he transferring to another ship in less than a week.

When I got to the shoes and cover, I did a smart left face, and I got down on my hands and knees to inspect them.

The shoes were well-blackened and the cover had no "Irish pennants," so they passed.  When I stood up, I looked at the Petty Officers on either side and asked, "What's with him?"

Without cracking a smile, one of them said, "I guess he's gettin' short."



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Tens of thousands of veterans are frustrated, angry - even suicidal - because no one has explained the real differences between the military and civilian worlds.  At Gettin' Short, LLC, we help veterans "break the code" on the civilian ROE (Rules of Engagement) while we help equip them for their next mission - civilian success - so they can continue to honor their service and be the leader in their homes.