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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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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

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

Sound Off: Should Transgender Troops Be Allowed to Serve?

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Christopher Beck served as a SEAL before transitioning to Kristin Beck.

A news story posted yesterday on Military​.com reports that the Pentagon is considering allowing transgender troops to openly serve and profiles a pair of transgender veterans, including former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, who gave us a fascinating interview last fall and is now running for Congress in Maryland.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has declared that transgender men and women “are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.” He’s ordered a six-month study that will most likely provide a roadmap for integrating transgender troops into military service. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: How Can Schools Better Serve Military Kids?

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Admiral Harry Harris, new head of U.S. Pacific Command, took aim at U.S. public schools this week for failing to adapt to the needs of military families. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Are Navy Fitness Standards Going to Pot?

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After years of complaints from sailors, the Navy has finally relaxed some of its requirements and issued new physical fitness standards this week. “Wait,” say the old veterans, “we complained about fitness standards but we manned up and got the job done. These kids are SOFT!”

The Navy begs to disagree and claims that it’s trying to “strike a better balance between health and physical readiness.”  The new standards recognize a variety of body types, including weightlifters and women and aims to keep the Navy from losing so many sailors to a regimented and outdated testing process. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should the Military Allow Civilians to Guard Recruiting Centers?

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The Pentagon has long insisted that its recruiting centers around the country be staffed by unarmed men and women, mostly to create what that brass believes is a welcoming environment for potential recruits and partially to short-circuit theories that the military is secretly planning a domestic takeover. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should Jade Helm Conspiracy Theorists Apologize to the Troops?

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We’re a couple of weeks into the Jade Helm 15 military exercises in Texas and no citizens have been rounded up, no guns have been seized, no one’s been shackled inside a train car, no abandoned Walmarts have been pressed into service and President Obama has not declared martial law. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Why Did It Take So Long to Fly the Flags at Half-Staff?

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In the wake of the Chattanooga, TN shootings last Thursday, the White House didn’t order flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings across the nation, nor did President Obama’s administration offered any explanation for the decision. The administration reversed course just after noon on Monday and the flags are now at half-staff +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Is John McCain a War Hero?

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Republican presidential candidate and billionaire rabble rouser Donald J. Trump took a direct shot at Senator John McCain this past Saturday at an Iowa campaign rally: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” +Continue Reading