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The 13 Funniest Military Memes of the Week: 8/26/15

BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Memesday! Thirteen of our favorites are below. Feel free to plaster your favorites all over We Are the Mighty’s Facebook page.

1. That’s the sergeant major’s grass and you’re just lucky you don’t have to guard it.

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Sound Off: Do Overseas Military Bases Damage National Security?

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A sure-to-be-controversial new book from American University anthropology professor David Vine claims that the 800 bases the United States operates outside its borders hurt our national security more than they help it. In Base Nation: How the U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, Vine talks about how most of these bases were established after World War II as the Cold War escalated and suggests that we should pay more attention to the local opposition that many of these bases inspire. +Continue Reading

The Real Story of Jane Fonda and the Vietnam Vets Who Hate Her

BY BLAKE STILWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Jane Fonda is a star of stage and screen whose career began in 1960. She is the daughter of legendary actor and WWII Naval Officer Henry Fonda. Jane, now 77, is long regarded as enemy #1 among Vietnam veterans (because Ho Chi Minh is dead and even if he weren’t it would be a close vote). +Continue Reading

The 13 Funniest Military Memes of the Week

BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Memes are the internet’s Motrin and water. They’re used for everything though they solve nothing. Here are 13 new ones to get you through that shattered femur.

1. Backseat drivers are the worst (via Air Force Memes & Humor).

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That one didn’t even bring a map. +Continue Reading

Remember Being a Sailor in the 80s?

BY JIM ABSHER — MILITARY​.COM

Every generation has a slightly different experience of military service. Here are 13 things that no longer exist but you’ll remember if you served in the US Navy in the 1980s. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Is the Army Ready for Female Rangers?

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Our news team reported yesterday that two women officers are among the 96 candidates who’ve completed the two-month leadership training program at the U.S. Army Ranger School. The yet-to-be-identified West Point alumnae will receive their Ranger tabs on Friday and become the program’s first women graduates. +Continue Reading

Meet the Competition on American Ninja Warrior’s Military Finals

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NBC’s American Ninja Warrior competition will air its Military Finals episode tonight (Monday, August 17) and we’ve got some preview video and background on three of the contestants. While neither of the military athletes we profiled earlier this summer qualified for the finals, there is an impressive array of military talent on display tonight. The show airs at 8pm ET and will repeat on Tuesday night on the Esquire network.

Winners from tonight’s competition will qualify for the show’s finals in Las Vegas. +Continue Reading

7 Surprising Facts You Probably Don’t Know About the US Army

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BY PAUL SZOLDRA — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

1. The Army is older than the country it serves.

Americans celebrate the birth of their nation as July 4, 1776, but the Army is actually the country’s “big brother.” Which makes sense, considering the Continental Army of 1775 — led by future President George Washington — needed to start beating the British in the colonies so Thomas Jefferson could finally get some time to write. +Continue Reading

Military Marriage in ‘Good Kill’

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We spoke to Ethan Hawke earlier this year about Good Kill, his new movie about an Air Force pilot who struggles to adjust after he’s assigned to drone duty in the Nevada desert.

The movie is now available to buy on iTunes with a Blu-ray and DVD release to follow on September 1st. We’ve got a clip from the bonus features in which Hawke and costar January Jones talk about the movie’s portrayal of a military marriage. +Continue Reading

Star Wars: Debut of the First Order

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A new Korean trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted online this week and it offers our first glimpse of The First Order. Set roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there’s no explanation yet as to why the Imperial Army and been rebranded as the First Order.

WWII history buffs will notice that the first shot of the assembled troops (at about 0:02 seconds into the trailer) bears a striking resemblance to Leni Refensthal’s propaganda films for the Third Reich in the years leading up to the war. +Continue Reading