Christmas is the season when people think about the North Pole, but the Army is more concerned with keeping recruiters away from pole dancers.

All Army recruiters have been told not to visit strip clubs while they are on temporary duty because, “Frequenting Erotic Dance Establishments detracts from the focus on the mission,” according to a Nov. 20 memo from U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

U.S. Army WTF Moments! tweeted a copy of the memo on Nov. 21 and Army Recruiting Command spokeswoman Kelli Brand confirmed to Task & Purpose that it is authentic.

The memo makes clear that the term “erotic dance establishment” applies to any establishments that feature, “Live performances of topless and/or bottomless dancers or entertainers, go-go-dancers, strippers or similar entertainers, where such performances are characterized by an emphasis on sexual activities or anatomical areas.”

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Recruiters are the Army’s face to the public and people will draw lasting impressions about all soldiers based on their behavior, according to the memo, which also reminds recruiters that they are spending taxpayers’ money while they are on temporary duty.

“Recruiters will be mindful that their choices reflect on the U.S. Army as a whole, not just themselves,” the memo says.

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