10 Dumb Reasons We Joined The Military

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Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton

Not everyone who joins the military does it in the altruistic name of national service. Some people need the military as much as it needs them, whether it’s to pay for college, support a family, or just get out of your podunk town and see the world.


Task & Purpose asked you, the readers, to sound off on some of the craziest reasons you joined the military, and you certainly didn’t disappoint. Though we got tons of honorable answers, we chose to condense the list to our favorite, funniest reasons. So here are 10 hilarious reasons you joined the military.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)

China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.

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The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.

"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."

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The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs will implement changes next month that will simplify the process for how veterans make appeals.

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Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."

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