My husband is a part of Security Forces in the Air Force.
It's basically a fancy name for military police.
He gets to wear this nifty beret too.
He also has to deal with all sorts of people at his job and has told me some insane stories.
Here is some of what he has to deal with while at work:
1. People who say, "I deserve to be saluted. Do you know who my husband is?"
Seriously. There are some spouses who believe they deserve to be saluted if their husband is high ranking. Or if they get a ticket, they want to bring up their oh-so-important husband. It doesn't matter. You break the rules. You get a ticket.
2. Only sometimes it's not true. Tom once got in trouble for pulling over a high ranking officer for speeding.
So. If you have brass, you can speed? You'd think those people would want to, I don't know, set an example for the base and NOT SPEED.
3. People who say, "Um no, I wasn't speeding!"
You were, because there's this awesome thing called a radar gun. The speed limit on base is 25 in most areas. 15 in housing. Just be honest and say, "Sorry, I was going fast." Don't have an attitude. Don't lie. Most of the time if you're polite, you're let off with a warning.
4. People who say, "I don't have my license."
Why the H would you get into a vehicle without your license?!
5. People who say, "My tag isn't current because I forgot to get a new one."
Uh, they send reminders in the mail. And also, if a year is up, don't you think it's time to get a new one? If I could remember to renew both tags on both our vehicles when Tom was in Korea for an entire year, so can you.
6. People who say "Stay warm!" or "Stay cool," to the Security Forces members at the gate.
This comes across as sarcastic and Security Forces members don't want to hear it. Sometimes people are genuinely being nice. But most aren't. Here's a tip: if you say it and you mean to be nice, bring some hot chocolate to everyone at the gate. Or if it's hot, drinks from Sonic. Happy Hour is half price drinks.
7. Messy people. Tom does dorm inspections sometimes and guys? Some troops are slobs.
It's called Lysol and Windex. Don't be gross.
8. Crazy domestic disputes.
Tom once had to break up a fight over laundry detergent. Laundry. Detergent. Guys, this isn't Jerry Springer. Relax. Go out and buy another thing of Tide if it's so important to you.
Remember. Treat Security Forces with respect. So many times they are treated like servants. All these things apply to regular police officers too. They can get a bad rap and yes, like with every profession you do have bad seeds. But for the most part, the people protecting and serving us with very little pay are good human beings.
So thank them.