10 Real Military Call Signs That Are So Bad, They’re Great

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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.

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In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)

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