The sign for "Army" or military looks a lot like a person
holding on to a rifle.
If you are right handed, the right
"A" hand is held near the chest. The left "A" hand is held near
side of your abdomen. The hands are about two inches out from
the body at the beginning of the sign. Then you simultaneously thump
both hands on your body. Use a double motion (in-out-in).
Note: The sign "army" also means "military."
Sample Sentence: Was your dad in the Army? = YOUR DAD ARMY PAST?
Question: Molly writes:
I saw you a while back at the Cal-Ed confernece I do believe.
I am now teaching ASL in Riverside area. I was curious on if there is
another sign for “Veteran” beside “Past
The term veteran includes all military which is marine, navy….and so on.
Thanks so much.
Keep in touch!!
I tend to spell "V-E-T."
But this brings up an important point. Somewhere you have come across
labeled as ARMY and someone or some book or
website has told you that the way to sign "Veteran" is to sign "PAST ARMY."
What is important is to realize is that the sign commonly
labeled as ARMY can also be interpreted
as "military" or "soldier." (Or sometimes you'll
see "ARMY-person/agent" for "soldier.")
Thus you wouldn't really be signing "PAST ARMY" you would be signing "PAST
MILITARY" -- the signs are the same, the problem is the labeling
system. After introducing the concept of a veteran as being someone
who was previously in the military, for the rest of the conversation it
would be more efficient to simply spell "V-E-T."
However, another approach, if you know what branch of military a person was
in would be to sign "MARINE PAST," "NAVY PAST," "AIR-FORCE PAST," etc.
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