Americanization of a German name
Actually it's a proper German name.
However the given meaning of the name is most likely wrong. The name is possibly derived from a town with a similar name or the female given name Irmtraud. -- JonStryker
- Haha thanks for your feedback. I am not an Etymologist so I just did a bit of researching on Google. Would you care to make a change to the article itself about his name? ---- Trevor (Ohmyn0) 23:34, July 23, 2012 (UTC)
- I took the liberty of fixing that paragraph. It ain't even an Americanization, it's plain German. (I'm German myself). Should be correct now, though of course I'm open for discussion. -- Lefusilier (talk) 17:56, August 27, 2012 (UTC)
"It is entirely possible that Mike may have at one point been in U.S special forces for example in Season 4 Episode 6 "Cornered" Mike refers to men he wants hired as soldiers as "operators" which is what Tier 1 Special Forces soldiers are officially designated as."
This is supposed to be an encyclopedic site about the television show Breaking Bad, right? If that's the case, should we really be making wild speculations based on a turn of phrase used once by a character? Maybe that wasn't even in the script. Maybe Jonathan Banks just thought it sounded nice, and not a single writer has ever given a passing thought to Mike having served. How are we to know? We're not; therefore, things like this shouldn't be written in.
Oh, and to whomever wrote that little paragraph - if you're gonna pretend to know what you're talking about, at least do it well; "Tier 1" soldiers in the United States Military are not inherently referred to as "Operators." This is an infrequent designation given to 1st SFOD-D ("Delta Force") members. The term derives from "operatives," but was changed because of the CIA's habit of referring to their own deep cover agents as "operatives." Delta, needing a suitable substitute, started using "Operators," and the name stuck. Beyond that, 'Special Forces' isn't the proper term; any unit within the US military deemed "special forces" qualified is referred to as "special operational forces," or SOF (a blanket term used to describe any and all elite military units worldwide, in fact). The United States Special Forces are a unit within the United States Army who are classified as SOF, though none of their members are referred to as "Operators." Yeah, it might sound like I'm splitting hairs, but military jargon and SOF units are very complex and lengthy subjects - playing Call of Duty doesn't make you a vet. Serving does. Honest to John (talk) 09:04, August 15, 2012 (UTC)
Former US marine
In "Gloves Off" it is implied Mike served in Vietnam as a marine sharpshooter. Lawson tells Mike that the M40a1 was used by the marines in the 60s, and later asks if he's familiar with it, to which Mike responds "You could say that" --Potsk (talk) 12:22, June 3, 2020 (UTC)