Quiz time! "Do you live in a bubble?"

jmervyn

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This is a nice one from our Public Broadcasting friends. However, it contains a lot of cultural judgement regarding Americana, so our European members will certainly get skewed results.

I got a 52, which seems a little 'more country' (too high), probably explained because of my military service.
 

Dredd

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54. I live in the rural midwest and my background is blue collar. I expected a much thicker bubble to be honest.
 

jmervyn

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54. I live in the rural midwest and my background is blue collar. I expected a much thicker bubble to be honest.
It's your discerning taste and wisdom.

(that should protect me from the banstick for a little while longer)
 

Jcakes

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30. But potentially skewed due to the American central questions.

Also your military insignia is quite different from ours
 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
40, but I guess that if I had substituted a few things with what we have in Germany, I would have scored higher.

I only knew only one of the military insignia, although I knew the looks of most of the others.
 

krischan

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I knew the Sergeant insignia, probably from movies. The one with two stars was some kind of general for me, but I didn't know which one. The one with two silver bars looked familiar as well, but I couldn't assign the proper military rank.
 

jmervyn

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I knew the Sergeant insignia, probably from movies. The one with two stars was some kind of general for me, but I didn't know which one. The one with two silver bars looked familiar as well, but I couldn't assign the proper military rank.
C'est moi. Captain (ground forces), O-3.

Not the same as Captain of a ship, which for ground forces is Colonel (O-6) but with the same theoretical rights.

I can pronounce you married, or sentence you to execution.

The reason for the drastic difference in responsibility by grade is the expected death toll at sea vs. on land. Naval forces can be far more bureaucratic.

EDIT - I don't recall what the other two were, and don't want to bother retesting, but I have a hunch that one may have been for a Petty Officer 1st Class? It's the "ground floor" Non-Commissioned Officer rank for naval forces, equivalent to the ground forces Corporal.

NOT equivalent to the "Specialist" ranks of the Army, which are technical rather than decision-making non-officer positions.

 
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jmervyn

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Did you start in the enlisted ranks merv? Or started as an officer?
Pay no attention to the riff-raff.

Yes, I started as an officer, just not from the prestigious track. I probably ought to have pushed my Mom to try to secure me an appointment to USMA but she's hard 1960's college Leftist so anti-military anti-American tendencies are kinda baked in that cake.

I applied for ROTC scholarships (which are SWEET full-ride) but never got one, whereas I would have been able to attend USMA - you have to have a Congresscritter's recommendation, and that's generally a political thing.

She wanted me to take care of Gramps instead, so I went State Uni & ROTC.

EDIT/PS when you either go ROTC or USMA, you <are> enlisted - for ROTC it's a two year deal. If you drop out of the Junior year you're an E-1, the Senior year & you're an E-5. I had a good friend who did it for reasons unknown; it's a pretty stupid thing to do.
 
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