11 Photos That Make No Sense Unless You Were In The Military

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller, U.S. Army Reserve drill instructor and the 2016 U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, jokes around by biting into a donut during a marketing photo shoot organized by the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Feb. 14, to promote the U.S. Army Reserve.
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 The Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, or DVIDS to defense and military journalists,  is overflowing with pictures, videos, and news briefings, and serves as an indispensable archive for all the Pentagon's media going back decades.

But every so often, you come across a photo that just makes you shake your head and go, “wait, what the fuck?”

After an exhaustive search, we compiled some of our favorites, and needless to say, you really need context to understand what these images have to do with the U.S. military.

Where’s Waldo? Oh, he joined the Air Force.

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Airman 1st Class Austin Jeanneret crawls through a mud puddle during a 'Tuff Mudder' challenge at Lajes Field, the Azores, Portugal, Sept. 17, 2012.

What a waste of cheerios.

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Maj. Rodney Lambert, 50th Contracting Squadron commander, pours breakfast cereal into the grog during the 2016 Combat Dining Out at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, April 15, 2016.

This guy definitely got lost on his way to rob a bank.

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Cpl. Felipe Martinez, a reconfigurable transportable consolidated automated support system technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, prepares to throw a ball at the opposing team during the “Dodge of The Dead” dodgeball tournament at the gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015.

Is this what happens when you drop acid and watch Smokey Bear?

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Sparky the fire dog and Earl the safety squirrel, prepare to race during a children’s bicycle safety event at the Balfour Beatty Community Center, Oct. 17, 2015.

The only way to take down a zombie is to stab it in the brain. But try to do it with a smile.

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Aaron Marshall (right), a Maryland University professor, interacts with a local Okinawan in the 6th Annual Okinawa Zombie Walk at American Village, Okinawa, Japan, on October 30, 2016.

Is this what happens when you try to make a garden salad in theater?

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Fresh cucumbers are cut and placed on serving dishes for Afghan National Army soldiers and Sgt. Christopher Scott, a logistics advisor with the Embedded Training Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, April 29, 2012.

These guys went native on deployment. Really, really native.

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Sailors attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), pose for a photo on the main deck during a steal beach picnic and family day cruise.

Do I really want to know what you’re doing to that orange?

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Sgt. Anthony Bradley eats an orange after a training day, May 12, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea.

Drop and give him a dozen doughnuts.

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Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller, U.S. Army Reserve drill instructor and the 2016 U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, jokes around by biting into a donut during a marketing photo shoot organized by the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Feb. 14, to promote the U.S. Army Reserve.

I didn’t know they let bubble boys join the military. Oh wait, this is the Air Force.

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A group of Airmen collide during the start of a bubble soccer game April 22, 2016, during a tournament inside the Freedom Hall Fitness Center on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.


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Competitors goof around before the start of the 17th Annual Combat Logistic Battalion-3's Swamp Romp aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 26, 2011.

The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series coming to STARZ. Titled Leavenworth, the six-part series profiles 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third, while deployed to the Zhari district in Kandahar province, on July 2, 2012.

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A big stereotype surrounding U.S. service members and veterans is that they are defined only by their military service, from buying "Dysfunctional Veteran" t-shirts to playing hard-boiled, high-octane first-person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty (we honestly have no idea where anyone could get that impression).

But the folks at OSD (formerly called Operation Supply Drop), a non-profit veteran service organization that aims to help troops and vets connect with each other through free video games, service programs and other activities, recently found that most of the gamers they've served actually prefer less military-centric fare like sports games and fantasy RPGs.

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CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.

Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.

The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.

The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.

"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.

The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.

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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney takes questions during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2019. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.

Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.

But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.

"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.

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The Colt Model 1911 .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol that John Browning dreamed up more than a century ago remains on of the most beloved sidearms in U.S. military history. Hell, there's a reason why Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, still rocks an M1911A1 on his hip despite the fact that the Army no longer issues them to soldiers.

But if scoring one of the Army's remaining M1911s through the Civilian Marksmanship Program isn't enough to satisfy your adoration for the classic sidearm, then Colt has something right up your alley: the Colt Model 1911 'Black Army' pistol.

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