"William D. Swenson is a former captain in the United States Army who was awarded the Medal of Honor on 15 October 2013. He was the first United States Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, as well as the sixth living recipient in the War on Terror." wiki on Swenson
A brave fellow. The media people keep referring to this man as being "retired" from the army. He is not. He is a FORMER OFFICER. He resigned from the army and now is seeking to be taken back in again. They will do so even though he had the temerity to criticize the idiotic judgment of his superiors in setting soldiers and marines to defending in that far off valley with completely inadequate resources. The appallingly incompetent planning and actions of many army and marine seniors in the Afghanistan War has been evident.
"Retired" service members are still members of their respective services. They have ID cards that say so. They are subject to recall to active duty until dead. They have access to military facilities on the same basis as active duty members. Some years ago I gave some lectures at a navy service school. My civilian contractor host spoke to me at length about how difficult it would be at the gate because of security concerns, I said nothing and next day surprised ad "spooked" him by simply driving up to the gate with my host in the passenger seat of my rental car. I handed my ID card to the retired marine who was gate guard. He saluted and said " Good morning, colonel." I drove to the academic building and parked. My host said, "just like that? I can't believe it. I struggle to get people in here." He was clearly annoyed. "You people really are a club, aren't you," he said.
Yes, we surely are.
I find the inability of the press to master things like the difference between "retired," and "former" to be annoying and indicative of their lack of seriousness in approaching their work. pl