7 Perfect Photos Of Marine NCOs Getting Their Sh*t Rocked

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bryan Luna, team chief with Detachment N, 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 16.2, conducts an Oleoresin Capsicum qualification course at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Aug. 27, 2016.
Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Donald Holbert

Just because you become a non-commissioned officer doesn’t mean life becomes any easier. As you rise through the ranks, the responsibilities become heavier, and the physical training is just as brutal as ever.


“As NCOs we are supposed to be able to take a deep and honest look at ourselves before we even begin to think about our role in cultivating junior Marines,” Sgt. Steve Ezzell said in a Marine Corps news release after a rough NCO PT session in Quantico, Virginia. There, Marine NCOs learned not to rest on their laurels because “their work never stops.”

Sometimes, taking an honest look at yourself as an NCO means getting your shit rocked by fellow Marines, unit commanders, and a little pepper spray. And lucky for us, the military stores photos of NCOs getting wrecked for all the public to see on its Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System hub. Here are our seven favorites.

Sometimes you get KO’d in a choke hold.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Eschenbrenner

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jeremy Meadows holds a Marine in a headlock while grappling at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 22, 2013. A martial arts instructor trainer, Meadows is one of only a few second-degree black belts assigned to the air station.

Martial arts training can make you look like idiot.

(Photo by Jeremy Beale)

Marine Corps NCOs practice martial arts techniques during the physical training session.

Your commanding officer might make you kick a punching bag in a forest.

(Photo by Jeremy Beale)

Marine Corps NCOs incorporate combat techniques from the Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts Program into their physical training session.

Earning a grey belt can be embarrassing.

Marine Corps photo

Sgt. Franco Loza III, food service specialist, Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, tests Marines for their grey belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts Program at Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 1. 

You might get punched out on someone’s front lawn (or have to pretend to).

Marine Corps photo

Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA - Marines from the Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts Program take E-9 attendees through an in depth demonstration of combat tactics used in real life scenarios.

Pepper spray straight to the face can really mess up your ability to train.

Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Donald Holbert

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bryan Luna, team chief with Detachment N, 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 16.2, conducts an Oleoresin Capsicum qualification course at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Aug. 27, 2016.

But when it’s over, you can hose off and cry at home, alone, in peace.

Marine Corps photo

Staff Sgt. Chad J. Herbert, an operations chief with Golf Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rinses his face after being exposed to oleoresin capsicum (a more potent form of pepper spray) during the culminating event of the unit's public disorder and non-lethal weapons employment training here, Jan. 24.

An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the Guantanamo prison against critics who want it closed by saying U.S. taxpayers have a big financial stake in it and no other facility could replace it at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday. (Reuters/Jason Reed JIR/CN)

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The video opens innocently enough. A bell sounds as we gaze onto a U.S. Navy frigate, safely docked at port at Naval Base San Diego. A cadre of sailors, dressed in "crackerjack" style enlisted dress uniforms and hauling duffel bags over their shoulders, stride up a gangplank aboard the vessel. The officer on deck greets them with a blast of a boatswain's call. It could be the opening scene of a recruitment video for the greatest naval force on the planet.

Then the rhythmic clapping begins.

This is no recruitment video. It's 'In The Navy,' the legendary 1979 hit from disco queens The Village People, shot aboard the very real Knox-class USS Reasoner (FF-1063) frigate. And one of those five Navy sailors who strode up that gangplank during filming was Ronald Beck, at the time a legal yeoman and witness to one of the strangest collisions between the U.S. military and pop culture of the 20th century.

"They picked the ship and they picked us, I don't know why," Beck, who left the Navy in 1982, told Task & Purpose in a phone interview from his Texas home in October. "I was just lucky to be one of 'em picked."

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday casually brushed aside the disturbing news that, holy shit, MORE THAN 100 ISIS FIGHTERS HAVE ESCAPED FROM JAIL.

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Esper essentially turned this fact into a positive, no doubt impressing public relations and political talking heads everywhere with some truly masterful spin.

"Of the 11,000 or so detainees that were imprisoned in northeast Syria, we've only had reports that a little more than a hundred have escaped," Esper said, adding that the Syrian Democratic Forces were continuing to guard prisons, and the Pentagon had not "seen this big prison break that we all expected."



Well, I feel better. How about you?

On Wednesday, the top U.S. envoy in charge of the global coalition to defeat ISIS said much the same, while adding another cherry on top: The United States has no idea where those 100+ fighters went.

"We do not know where they are," James Jeffrey told members of Congress of the 100+ escaped detainees. ISIS has about 18,000 "members" left in Iraq and Syria, according to recent Pentagon estimates.

A senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday the White House's understanding is that the SDF continues to keep the "vast majority" of ISIS fighters under "lock and key."

"It's obviously a fluid situation on the ground that we're monitoring closely," the official said, adding that released fighters will be "hunted down and recaptured." The official said it was Turkey's responsibility to do so.

President Trump expressed optimism on Wednesday about what was happening on the ground in northeast Syria, when he announced that a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurds was expected to be made permanent.

"Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries," Trump said. "We have done them a great service and we've done a great job for all of them — and now we're getting out."

The president boasted that the U.S.-brokered ceasefire had saved the lives of tens of thousands of Kurds "without spilling one drop of American blood."

Trump said that "small number of U.S. troops" would remain in Syria to protect oilfields.


Kade Kurita (U.S. Army photo(

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