Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category

13 of the Best Military Morale Patches

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BY BLAKE STILWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Morale patches are patches troops wear on their uniforms designed to be a funny inside joke, applicable only to their specific unit or military career field. They are usually worn during deployments, but the wear of morale patches is at the discretion of the unit’s commander. The patches often (not always) make fun of a depressing, boring, or otherwise specific part of the job. +Continue Reading

10 Ridiculous Things You Only Know if You Lived There: Fort Campbell

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Fort Campbell, Kentucky – home of the 101st Airborne Division and a military history so glorious that you will personally never be able live up to it, so maybe you should just stop trying. If you’ve been stationed there, you know this stuff is true. And if you are there now, you better get used to it – everyone knows that the 101st sucks you in and never lets you leave. +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

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

Pin-Ups for Vets Turns 10

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Pin-Ups for Vets, the WWI-style pin-up charity calendar that raises money for VA hospitals to purchase state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the new 2016 calendar, available for purchase now. Founder Gina Elise also organizes visits to VA and military hospitals around the country. +Continue Reading

9 Reasons the New Guy Always Gets Caught When He Screws Up

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BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Screwing up in the military is a given. Sometimes a person is just trying to sham, sometimes they get drunk at the wrong time, and occasionally they even make an honest mistake. Service members who have been in a while know how to avoid getting caught. New guys are making these nine mistakes. +Continue Reading

10 Food Favorites Invented by the U.S. Military

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Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s new book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat explores how many of the processed foods we buy at the supermarket are prepared using technology and techniques invented by the military to preserve and transport food for troops in battle. To celebrate its release, the author gives us a glimpse into the book’s subject with a list that highlights just a few ways military research affects our daily diet. +Continue Reading

The 15 Coolest Unit Nicknames in the US Military

BY ORVELIN VALLE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

Every unit in the military has a nickname, but some are way cooler than others. We looked around for some of the best nicknames across the military. Here’s what we found: +Continue Reading

Arnold: Joining the Military is ‘Ballsy’

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Former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger is speaking out about the killing of Cecil the lion, a beloved cat from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Cecil was lured from the park on July 1st and killed, beheaded and skinned by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. The news has set off an online firestorm and now Palmer is under siege: the Zimbabwean government has asked the U.S. government to extradite him to face charges in Africa. +Continue Reading