1. If you want to do anything on a military base, you will need to fill out a form. And all the forms are numbered and lettered.
"I need to get access to the computer system," I say.
"Well, ma'am, have you filled out forms H953N-4 and PD26?"
"Um.... I filled out several forms today."
"How about form G57?"
(That is how the conversation goes. I never have ANY clue whether or not I've filled out the form. So then they would send me to a different office. You can see why my first day was not fun.)
2. Everything in the military also has some kind of acronym. Here is a small taste of what being around here is like.
"How do I find the number to the lab?"
"You should call the AOD."
"The AOD. The number is right here."
(AOD = Administrative Officer on Duty - I looked this one up today.)
3. I also decided to google "army symbols" so I'd have at least some kind of clue about what all the different badges mean, since previously, all I basically knew was that people who wore 5 stars were really high up. Another resident clued me in that if they have three of the upside down "v"s or anything higher, they are a sargeant.
And if all else fails, just tell them you are a civilian.