10 Types of Veterans

Written by J Rawls

Unknown to the outside world, there is a plethora of types of veterans. It isn’t as dry as combat veteran versus veteran in analysis. No, there are at least 10 variations of usual suspects. Ask any veteran and they can readily identify each, no problem. The topic should be a course for those EAS’ing out of service, titled “What you may become.”

At some point, you have bumped into one of these: the many faces of the former military society. You may have even met them all. There is even a possibility of an individual being a multitude of combinations, but the distilled forms are listed below; rendered down to their original, unadulterated form.

Angry Veteran


This individual is mad, mad at everything, all of the time; even when he or she doesn’t know it. There is usually a reason, a really good one, for this person to be angry. Asking them why they are angry, will only antagonize them. If you don’t get them, just leave them alone, or you can hang out here to figure out part of the problem.

Entitled VeteranEntitledVeteran

Always asks if there is a military discount, for whatever reason, and it doesn’t matter the place. This person is looking for handouts and accolades everywhere they turn. They often borderline Stolen Valor. The only reason they are not in fact “stealing valor,” is because they did serve at one point in time.


Obnoxious VeteranObnoxiousVeteran

Did not see combat, yet still tells you he or she was in the military; often multiple times. To other veterans, this individual asks 5,000 questions about things they should already know, often hanging on the coattails of a combat veteran. If this veteran did see combat, it was from the rear echelon groups. Sometimes saying, “I once saw a mortar hit the other side of base, it was intense.”


Still Motivated Veteran


Moto stickers, moto stickers galore. Often sporting 3 or more items of branch and service, at a time; like a walking recruiter sign. It is one thing to wear a hat or a t-shirt, but not a hat, jacket, shirt, pin, patch, lanyard, and satchel: with only “Hooah!” displayed on each.

Zombie Veteran


This person has been through some shit, draining the life out of them. They walk from VA appointment to VA appointment with little joy in life. The injuries, compounded with constant delays, have drained away the happiness that most people enjoy in their daily lives.

SmartassVeteranSmartass Veteran

You can’t take this one anywhere…

The title is self-explanatory.


Smug VeteranSmugVeteran

This is the vet that tells all of the others they are wrong, they need to transition, get over themselves, or some other unproductive BS. Though this individual may have valid points, they go about telling everyone in the worst possible way. This person was probably an officer, having little idea of what other veterans actually go through, yet putting in their shiny two cents regardless. A perfect example of this individual can be found here.


LookingForAFightVeteranLooking for a Fight Veteran

Unrealistically wants to fight anyone for any reason, feeling like they must prove something. This person is an assault charge waiting to happen. They have a childish view of being offended. The majority of perceived slights are misplaced and blown out of proportion.


Average Veteran


This one will talk, if asked. If not, they are talking because something needs to be said. They mainly just try to go about their days in peace, wishing to live their lives like everyone else.

Professional Veteran


After their time in service, they now utilize their skills to build industry, save lives, or influence politics. They are the epitome of leadership; often found starting their own businesses, furthering their education, or running for a political position.

So, what kind of Veteran are you? Can you think of any other “Types of Veterans” not mentioned here? If so, post YOUR thoughts up in the comments below and let us know!

About the author

J Rawls

Jeremy Rawls is a former active duty Marine with two combat tours in Iraq. He was part of the invasion in 2003 and later returned for the take down of Fallujah. After leaving the Corps, he worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security with two contracts in Afghanistan. He is currently a freelance writer.