12. Two Wrong Choices
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An Army veteran processes one decision in Iraq that had lasting effects on his career and his life beyond the military.

This episode contains some common military terms that might not be familiar to everyone. Here is a quick explanation to provide context:

POS - military slang for "piece of shit."

OER - Officer Evaluation Report - the standard form in the Army for tracking performance of officers year to year and ultimately determining career advancement. 

Sapper School - "The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28-day leadership development course for combat engineers that reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army." (Source: U.S. Army website)

IOBC - The Infantry Officer Basic Course - This school has changed names over the years but this course is the first training that new Infantry officers receive on Infantry tactics immediately after commissioning in the Army. 

TC - "Tank Commander" - the person who rides in the front passenger seat of a Humvee and directs its movement.

Relief for Cause - Army term for getting fired from one's job.

PSD - Personal Security Detail

M998 and M1151 - both are technical names for Army Humvees with various levels of armor and capability that were commonly used in Iraq in the 2000's. 

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