I retired from the AF in 93, so you could say I've been a civilian a while. Since retirement I spent my time working most as a Telecom Engineer/project manager. I also have spent the past 5 plus years helping Vets deal with the VA and working to get Congress to give us our retirements back.
I currently run an online community for those with PTSD and other Psych issues plus any other Vet related subjects.
One of my career fields (had 3) was as a C-130 Flight Engineer. So here's a couple of funnies from my time doing that job.
Whenever we went off station (if we had a new Officer on board usually a co-pilot or Nav) it was my responsibility to mark the hub cap on the nose wheel with AC, CP, Nav, FE, and LM. When we landed, whichever one was pointing up bought the first round of beer.
Inevitably the new officer's position would be pointing up and had to buy the first round. As the FE it was my job to be the first one off the plane because I had to put the pin in the nose wheel.
What was unknown to the newbies is the hub-cap could be turned by hand, so needless to say I'd look at it and turn to the appropriate position.
On one mission our Loadmaster was a trained and experienced sky-diver. We were doing a drop over Ft Bragg. We did the drop and while running the after drop checklist the LM did not respond. So the pilot told me to go see what was up.
I went to the cargo compartment and everything was in order except 2 things. The side door was open, which I knew from the light up front, and the LM was nowhere to be found. I closed the door and went back up front and reported to pilot. To say he was pissed is an understatement.
I never saw that LM again. We flew back to Dyess TX without him. I'd guess he got to visit the judge at a minimum.