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I am a 63-year-old civilian contractor working in Iraq with plans to stay but one month more.

One becomes closely associated with people when they work together seven days a week for months. I have worked with eight military units. I even know the names of the children of several married men in these units. Overall, I’ve never met a more polite group of young men. It has been pleasant working with them when they display this type of attitude. The thank yous, may Is, yes sirs, no sirs, etc., have been quite impressive. But what has impressed me the most is, it is evident they are sincere. This is a credit to the military. The honor and respect these men display, I feel, is taught by their respective branches.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong: I do not think one has to use profanity to be tough or to make a point. Standing in line at the dining facility, post exchange or just passing a group of soldiers, I hear the Lord’s name being used in vain or the “f” word being used. This is very offensive, not only to me, but to many others.

This type of language should not be tolerated and certainly should not be coming from men of character. Is this language coming from home, or is it developed in boot camp where instructors growl and spew profanity?

Sailors have been notorious for their foul mouths, thus the saying, “cuss like a sailor.” I, for one, think it is deplorable and despicable, to say the least. The military should not allow this to be taking place!

Our country and our young men are better than this. Not using bad language is a vital part of dignity and respect.

Robert DavisCamp Ar Ramadi, Iraq

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