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The other day I was asked an interesting question that I did not have an “official” answer to. I am a former lieutenant from the U.S. Navy, who resigned my commission after 13 years of service to pursue a new career in civilian service. A friend of mine in the Navy wishes to use me as a reference on his resume, and wants to know how to refer to me. For example, if I were retired, I would retain my rank and would be able to write “LT USN, Ret.” Is there any moniker used for someone who separated honorably after serving his or her commitment? I told my friend that “Formerly LT USN” was the appropriate label, but am curious to know if there is something more accurate or official. — Chris

Col. Hunt: Chris, thanks for your service. You're retired, so (R) works, or former.

I have been reading about the “walls” that are being built to separate Sunnis and Shias in Baghdad, and I can’t remember where this has worked to solve the issues in any country at any time. What’s your take on the usefulness of these walls? — Sam

Col. Hunt: First, walls do work — ask Israel. The Maliki government has asked us to take down the one we are building ... unbelievable!

How can an average American get their voice heard to influence the resignation of Harry Reid? He's gotta go. We need to watch our military men's and women's backs while they're protecting our butts! What's your take on Reid? — S. (Rochester, NH)

Col. Hunt: Reid needs to change his “magic underwear.” He has no clue, but I must tell you, neither does the other side, the ones who have not held anyone accountable or asked anyone to sacrifice themselves ... only our soldiers have done that.

I agree that the citizens of the United States should get involved. If I were in charge, I'd make the following requirements:

1. Tax each citizen $500.00 per year and make it retro-active

2. Make it mandatory for each man and woman to attend military service for a minimum of two years. — Margaret

Col. Hunt: Margaret, please run for political office. You have guts.

What happened to President Bush's promise and strong statement that any country that gives terrorists a haven, or assists them in any way, will also be dealt with and seen as enemies? It is obvious that Iran is helping both the Taliban, be the Al Qaeda or Al Sadr insurgents and militia, as well as Syria, and other countries that have helped the terrorists fight and kill our soldiers. —Jim

Col. Hunt: The president is above all a political animal and he seems to care more about his legacy than winning this war or talking straight to us.

Why are we not hearing about Iran’s nuclear development? Do you think they will use nukes on Israel? — Neil

Col. Hunt: Neil, I think they have the nukes, just not the triggers and the delivery system.

Hello Colonel. I'm a retired Army SFC Desert Storm tanker with a 100 percent combined VA disability rating. What was your opinion of Concurrent Receipt? What is your opinion of General Craddock? — Robert (Florida)

Col. Hunt: Concurrent Receipt is another way of screwing soldiers. Our retirement must be separate and not taxed. And, Craddock is a good guy.

What do you think the British government would have done if one of those sailors or Marines would have been one of the sons of Charles? — Jerry

Col. Hunt: I would hope they would do the same for all but they do not. The Brits acted like cowards as a government, and their soldiers, well, they acted like civilians … and Iran won.

Can you let me know where to find you on a book tour? I'd love to get my copy of your new book signed! — Brock

Col. Hunt: Brock thanks, but who do you think I am, O’Reilly? I do not have a book tour, I have been doing radio and some TV all on FOX. I will be at a small bookstore on Saturday in Plymouth, Mass. and next week in Portland, Maine. Thanks for asking.

If the U.S. military cannot effectively field 175,000 service men without 15-month tours to these two theatres, can we realistically confront N. Korea or China? Is the U.S. truly a "superpower myth?" Has our ability to "project power" shrunken to lobbing a few cruise missiles? — Former Army SP-4, Bob (Sitka, AK)

Col. Hunt: Bob, yes it has. We will need a service draft or stop fighting, but we have run out of guys in fight. The Marines are doing seven-month tours in and out of combat and the Army is doing 15-month tours … it’s a mess.

As a Vietnam veteran, I can see that the American support for the war on terror is eroding mad and we are losing the war here. I'm glad to see former military personnel like yourself and Sen. McCain in support of the troops and the war. My worst nightmare is us pulling out early and our troops being treated the way we were in 1970. Please continue your unwavering support and thank you for serving our country! — Sp/4 Jim, U.S.Army 1968-1974.

Col. Hunt: Jim, welcome home brother. I do not think this generation of soldier will be treated as poorly as we were and part of this reason is us, we will never allow that to happen while we are still alive.

How can I serve the soldiers and the military in a meaningful way instead of merely sending thank yous or care packages? That seems too easy and impersonal. I am 59-years-old and retired from the Federal Government (National Weather Service). — Craig (Duluth, MN)

Col. Hunt: Craig, what a great idea, actually helping. You can give whole blood, visit a VA hospital and volunteer. Go to your nearest homeless shelter and see how many veterans there are there and help them. In your town, you can organize programs to help veterans, or contribute to charities like the Wounded Warrior Program.


Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.