The girl behind the espresso stand cocked her head, looked over my cammies and asked a by-now-familiar question as she handed me my first coffee for the day: "Are you a Navy SEAL?" I laughed: "No, ma'am, I'm a supply officer." "You're what?" "It's a long story."
It's a question I get a lot, and for a simple reason: I rarely look like a naval officer. I wear cammies and combat boots, and I've never served on a ship. Worse still, the only Sailors people expect to look like I do are SEALs or Seabees, and I'm neither. Instead, I get to explain that I'm a Supply Corps officer assigned to a maritime expeditionary security squadron in the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).