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New Guy
SOON AFTER arriving in country the new lieutenant reached his assigned unit at the Binh Phuoc firebase, south of Saigon. Reporting in to the battery executive officer (XO) ...

New Guy

During the ten days I’d been in-country, being processed through the pipeline to Binh Phuoc, I’d noticed a cool formality toward replacements—not open hostility, just a certain sense of distance. There was none of the “Welcome aboard, let’s grab a cup of coffee” you might expect joining a stateside unit.

During the Vietnam War, units were usually filled with individual replacements. The new men, also called BNGs (Brand New Guys) and similar abbreviations that stood for profane versions of this, were often treated coolly in combat units for a number of reasons. The veterans had lost friends and had developed incredibly close bonds with those remaining. There was a reluctance to befriend newcomers as sort of a defense mechanism against further loss. Only with time and shared trials could a new man gradually earn acceptance. When it was earned, however, he found himself part of a group who would do anything humanly possible to protect him and each other.

Fortunately, we don’t have to earn our way into God’s kingdom. There is no rite of passage. We don’t have to make ourselves better people or prove ourselves worthy. We have already been made acceptable by the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Father waits for us and welcomes us when we come to him. A BNG in God’s kingdom is the cause of a great celebration among the angels in heaven.

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