Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category

Forget the Boat, I’m on a LAV!

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A Canadian Army LAV3 crew had a little time on its hands and decided to turn the clock back to 2009, when T-Pain was a big star and Andy Samberg was still on Saturday Night Live. Samberg’s Lonely Island comedy crew recruited T-Pain for “I’m on a Boat” and had a big hit.

You may have forgotten “I’m on a Boat,” but these guys have been thinking about it for five years and they’ve busted out with “I’m on a LAV,” a parody video filmed at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright. +Continue Reading

5 Chinese Military Uniform Fails

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Despite having the world’s second largest military budget, the Chinese armed forces are far behind the U.S. in taking care of their troops. An article on Yahoo claims that the total value of a Chinese service member’s gear is roughly equivalent to the cost of two iPods whereas the U.S. spends approximately the price of a mid-level car on each service member. This means that not only do U.S. troops generally enjoy greater comfort and security, but that the Chinese are putting their military dollars into other projects.

The lack of spending on troop gear has not gone unnoticed by Chinese troops. According to a PLA political officer, “If we provide him with advanced protective equipment he will feel very assured, and as a result he will have more confidence to win the war.” +Continue Reading

10 More Weak Excuses for Not Joining the Military

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Two weeks ago we featured ten weak excuses for not joining the military heard by soldiers on Reddit, and our Under the Radar audience replied with their own. The range of excuses civilians come up with for not joining seems to be endless. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with never serving; there are plenty of valid reasons for staying out of the military. But sometimes it’s better to be honest about your reasons instead of supplying a flimsy excuse.

Here are ten more weak excuses for not joining the military heard by our very own Under the Radar readers: +Continue Reading

5 ‘I Don’t Get Paid Enough for This’ Military Experiences

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Anyone who signed up because “it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure” has probably suffered a few moments that were a little too heavy on the “adventure” and thought, “I don’t get paid enough to do this.” It might have been a harrowing maneuver around a Chinook or shoveling a thick layer of sheep poop, but the feeling of disdain and frustration is the same. Check out what a few soldiers from the /r/Army subreddit say was the moment they realized they didn’t get paid enough for what they put up with. +Continue Reading

Which SEAL Can Inspire Your Team to Victory?

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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.

If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?

Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading

10 Weak Excuses for Not Joining the Military

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Whether you’re a veteran or still actively serving, you know that conversations with civilians can sometimes lead to the phrase, “I would have joined, but…” The prestige of service with the U.S. military can have strange, albeit predictable, effects on civilians including a need to explain why they never joined. Whether they feel like they needed to prove something to themselves or are simply intimidated by veterans and service members, excuses from those who offer them unprovoked can range from weak to hilarious. Here are the top ten collected from soldiers online. +Continue Reading

10 Gun Safety Fails

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Guns are awesome when you know how to use them, but not everyone follows the rules or bothers to learn what they are. The lawyers insist that we’re supposed to always say that gun safety is a deadly serious matter, but that doesn’t make these ten gun safety fails any less hilarious.

Tickets for Troops With VetTix

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The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a military charity with a remarkably straightforward mission: they distribute tickets to concerts, sporting events, performing arts and other family activities to active duty military, veterans and their families (and the families of those killed in action) via their VetTix​.org website.

The organization works with promoters, artists and teams to pair seats that might otherwise go empty with its members. They also accept individual donations and provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences via their Hero’s Wish program. +Continue Reading

Go All Veteran With the ‘Pin-ups For Vets’ 2015 Calendar

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Gina Elise’s Pin-Ups For Vets calendar has just published its 2015 edition with a new twist: all twelve models are veterans who represent four branches of the U.S. military. +Continue Reading

Sailor Treated for Addiction to Google Glass

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Ever since Google Glass was released, it has inspired excitement and invited controversy. Consumer and critic opinions have run the gamut from despising to adoring the inventive, wearable computer.  However, an unidentified Sailor has experienced a very negative side effect of using the device: addiction. +Continue Reading