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I'm usually short-lived but my fire burns bright, a site for sore eyes,

A thing for the adventurous or the obsessed, sometimes followers,

There are a lot of us in the army, but they give us the boot,

Those that don't like me might give me a bigger head, give me a break!

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ a site for sore eyes? or did you mean to say sight? $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 21 '16 at 10:32
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    $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie I did not. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 21 '16 at 10:37
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    $\begingroup$ I was going to ask the same thing.. but didn't want to give away any hints! $\endgroup$ – Arth Jun 21 '16 at 10:39
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Is it..

Camp

I'm usually short-lived but my fire burns bright, a site for sore eyes

Temporary accommodation, campfires burn bright.. a campsite for rest

A thing for the adventurous or the obsessed, sometimes followers,

Adventure camp, or camping in general, not sure about obsessed (retreats or rehab?)

There are a lot of us in the army, but they give us the boot,

Bootcamps and there is a lot of camping in the army

Those that don't like me might give me a bigger head, give me a break!

Not sure about this one.. yet!

OP explanations

I'm usually short-lived

Most camps are temporary

but my fire burns bright,

Campfire

a site for sore eyes,

Wordplay! :)

A thing for the adventurous

Some camp out in the wilderness and the likes,

or the obsessed,

Others camp out in front of stores etc. ...

sometimes followers,

As in a "Camp Follower"

There are a lot of us in the army,

Military encampments

but they give us the boot,

Boot Camp

Those that don't like me might give me a bigger head,

Glamping...

give me a break!

"Break camp"

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    $\begingroup$ Too quick. You'll have to wait 7 min for your win to be made official... (thought it was easy but c'mon!) +1 though. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 21 '16 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ @BrentHackers Thanks for the updates! $\endgroup$ – Arth Jun 21 '16 at 10:58
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Is it

a flare

I'm usually short-lived but my fire burns bright,

Flares don't last very long, but they are bright

a site for sore eyes,

Staring at a flare will make your eyes sore. It will be a site of sore eyes.

A thing for the adventurous or the obsessed,

Flares can be good in adventurous situations with low light, or for people who like to play with fire

sometimes followers,

Flares are often used to signal locations that people need to go towards. So they have followers.

There are a lot of us in the army, but they give us the boot,

There are a lot of them in the army. They throw them away when they use them, hence "give us the boot"

Those that don't like me might give me a bigger head,

Someone who doesn't like being close to the flare because of brightness might give it more headway when walking around it.

give me a break!

Parts of the flare often have to be broken in order to use it.

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  • $\begingroup$ I realize now that it has already been answered. Well, this makes sense to me. $\endgroup$ – Klik Jun 22 '16 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ Not a bad fit and some good explanations. +1 at least. ...once my limit is reset :/ $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 22 '16 at 19:39

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