I was pretty much born this way. When I got big enough to defend myself I stuck up for the nerds and skinny kids in school, I was also a loner and had a warped sense of humor so nobody was real sure about me. When I was in Hospital Corps School I had as a class leader a flaming peacenick who loudly proclaimed that Corpsmen were non combatants and that healing was the sole purpose in our lives and guns had no place in our world when someone asked about getting rifle and pistol ribbons. Me being me and coming off a fast attack submarine that actually hunted Russian boats back in the 80’s I mumbled something under my breath just a bit too loud and she called me on it, in front of the whole class with some senior staff in observance.
I came to attention to address the question which was the custom.
Petty Officer XXXXXX,
THE reason why Corpsmen need to learn to shoot is that,
All SEAL’s and most Marines and Sailors are crazy.
That makes them all my patients.
I prefer to protect my patients BEFORE they become casualties.
Needless to say the Petty Officer and I never got along after that but the Chief who was the Senior Class Leader was an old FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Corpsman from Vietnam/Beirut loved it. I got lucky and got ANOTHER lesson in watching my mouth which of course I promptly forgot until the next time I had to learn to watch my mouth.