At the Starbucks today, I had a great chat with a police officer as we both were waiting on our orders. He is probably ten years my junior, but I had the sense, a “vibe” Californians generally would call it, that this man was formerly military. The bearing of a military veteran is different; I’ve talked with religious leaders whom I got that same sense and I then find confirmed they served in the military. And having the acquaintance of cops from other backgrounds, and cops who transitioned from the military, I think there is subtle differences. But I digress. This officer acknowledged that he transitioned into blue uniform of a police officer. However, his Army career and his public service had been in tandem: while recently retired from the Army National Guard, he was and is a 20-plus years veteran police officer civilian and military police.
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