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.
Martial arts training can make you look like idiot.
Your commanding officer might make you kick a punching bag in a forest.
Earning a grey belt can be embarrassing.
You might get punched out on someone’s front lawn (or have to pretend to).
Pepper spray straight to the face can really mess up your ability to train.
But when it’s over, you can hose off and cry at home, alone, in peace.