Afternoon all, 50 year old civvy here. Never served, unless you count 3 years as a Royal Engineer cadet (battledress and 303s), no I didn't think so. On to my question.... Whenever I'm out and about, usually in a pub somewhere and I find out that someone I'm talking to is serving, or has served... I stand (if sitting) and thank them for their service. Invariably I'm greeted with a look of surprise, shock even at my actions. Why does it appear to be a rarity? Before you ask.. I'm 5 foot nothing and couldn't pull the c*ck off a chocolate mouse. An old git.