One of the honors associated with achieving a certain rank or position in the military is the replacement of your actual name with a call sign. Everyone wants to be a Maverick, or a Rambo, or a Cobra. But, in reality, service members are often bestowed far more dubious titles, either through an embarrassing accident, or because they had the misfortune of being born with a truly ridiculous last name.
We asked our readers to sound off on the best call signs you’ve ever earned, heard of, or given to others, and you certainly delivered. As much as we would like to share them all — you’d be stuck reading for hours if we did — we’ve decided to share our favorites. So, here they are: 10 hilarious (and wildly inappropriate) military call signs, courtesy of you, the Task & Purpose readers.
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.
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."
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."
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.