Advice on working with the US Military please

Discussion in 'Multinational HQ' started by Invicta, Sep 18, 2006.

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  1. Early next year I'm deploying to work on an exclusively US base. I'm not going to the US itself, but will be living and working with the US Army for quite a while. In order to make sure that I don't unintentionally irritate or offend anyone, I'd like to ask the Americans who use ARRSE for some basic do's and don'ts.
  2. Not a yank but have worked extensively with them on Ops.

    Two key points come to mind;

    1. Rank is much much more rigid there than in the UK forces. LTs call Capt sir etc.

    2. Sense of humour is very different - don't go trying some of that Brit Army humour on them they just don't get it. e.g WO2 in brit Inf telling an US Lt (female) not to eat too many yorkie bars as her butt might look fat in her combats resulted in the CO having to explain to their Major that he would not charge one of his senior men in Bn.
  3. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    Now that should be a lesson to anyone not to forget to use the word Ma'am, see what trouble it can get you into...
  4. My first thought is 'have patience'

    US Bases frequently have ridiculous nanny rules, just bite your tongue and deal with them.

    Be familiar with the differences in jargon. Some words are completely alien to them and they'll look at you blankly. Others just have wildly different meanings.

    I could probably give you more info if you can be more specific.

  5. They can be very intense, I've found, especially en masse!

    I recommend accentuating the British bit, like sitting down for afternoon tea, and always talking about the weather.....!

    Great bunch, but their sense of humour is strange!

  6. I enjoyed working alongside the yanks on telic. There is a lot less bullsh1t being a brit working with them because they'll tend to leave you to it. They didn't care you didn't have your shirt tucked in, beret on etc, unlike brit razzers/ssms. They are always willing to help, even if it is putting themselves out. In a nutshell, I wish I could work with them everyday, instead of the boring day to day 'brit' army life.

    10 months to push..........
  7. Ahhhh, "two peoples separated by a common language"? I forgot that one!

  8. Give them any kit that you borrow back to them. Was told by an uncle, officer in the Commando's, how two yank MP's drew their side arms on him when he was too busy to give them the radio set that they had lent to him and were collecting.

    Nice that.
  9. The 'nanny rules' thing is a worry. I fully intend to keep my head down and be seen to obey them when neccessary. I will also try to keep my sense of humour/sarcasm etc under control.

    What I'm trying to establish is basic stuff like who to salute and when, protocol on how to address those above and below me in the hierachy, is there a massive gulf between 'on duty' and 'off duty' etc? In other words the little things that nobody usualy writes down in the 'welcome to the unit' booklets, but that make life so much easier when you know them.
  10. you really believe the story?
  11. Be prepared for their raucous drink-fuelled morning meetings called "prayers". Bring several bottles of your national tipple, scotch or gin whatever, and get stuck in as the senior man arrives....
  12. Well, WO-1,CWO-2thru5, 2Lt. thru General officers rate Salutes. Never salute indoors except when reporting or when under Arms. Never wear headgear indoors except as a Sentry, etc.

    This site may be of use to You;
  13. You might have to explain that squaddies in the British Army don't salute without a lid on.

  14. Thanks Linedoggie, thats the type of thing that I was after.
  15. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    ...and subsequent yet obligatory history lesson ;)