Casualties of War

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Eriksson: Can you imagine that? You escape Viet Nam and you die from an airline fatality.
Clark: Never happen, Cherry. You survive the Nam, you get to live forever, man.

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Question: When the guys are getting ready to go into town, one of them says about the sarge "as short as he is he's out of here in 30 days." Someone also said "anyone as short as Brownie shouldn't have been out there". What do they mean by short?

The_Iceman

Answer: "Short" in this context is military slang for someone whose tour of duty is coming close to an end. It's a derivative of "short-timer."

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