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9 badass military photos that were completely ruined by BFAs
Military service comes with a lot of challenges, from the inherent danger and high stakes of the job to the daily difficulties unique to that line of work.
There's one hardship that doesn't get nearly enough attention: The unending quest to find a suitable profile pic for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and, well, probably dating sites, too. And there's one surefire way to ruin an otherwise epic "thank me for my service" headshot — a BFA.
For those not in the know, a BFA is a blank-firing adapter that fits onto the muzzle of a weapon and helps ensure that automatic weapons properly cycle when firing blank ammunition.
Nothing will expose your posed heroics, for the training pics they are, faster than a bright red or yellow BFA on the business end of your rifle. It doesn't matter that you slapped #livingthedream on that photo of you triumphantly directing machine gun fire downrange, that BFA instantly undercuts all the drama.
Here are 9 military photos that would have been badass if it weren't for all the damn BFAs.
The (almost) Marine Corps recruiting ad
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Krista James
Lance Cpl. Alex Rowan, a combat engineer with 4th Marine Division sprints like a man on a mission — that or on the set of Band of Brothers — during a SAPPER Leaders Course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Locate, close with, and deafen the enemy
U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Angel D. Travis
Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 18.1 form up for a reenactment of their favorite World War II movie scenes, as they advance across a field during training at U.S. Army base Nova Selo Forward Operating Site in Bulgaria on May 10, 2018.
Is it still 'pew, pew, pew' if you're shooting blanks?
U.S. Army/Cpl. Gabrielle Weaver
Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) unleash a wall of, well, not lead — hot air? — on opposing forces during Saber Junction 18 at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany on Sept. 26, 2018.
Ricky ticky reco- oh, screw it. Friggin BFA.
U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Jacqueline A. Clifford
Would-be lieutenants at Marine Corps' Officer Candidate School do their best impression of Bruce Willis' team of operators from Tears of the Sun as they crawl through "The Quigley" an infamous training exercise at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
The end is nigh!
U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson
I swear, if you got rid those BFAs, this could be a scene from some post apocalyptic horror flick — I mean, it'd have to be, that's literally the only time I see someone wearing a gas mask.
U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Takoune H. Norasingh
Marines with Task Force-Crisis Response Africa simulate a gas attack during a field exercise at Morón Air Base, in Spain on Feb. 7, 2018, and another perfectly framed and lit photo is ruined by a bright red BFA.
Tired. So tired... of BFAs
U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Aaron S. Patterson
Marine Lance Cpl. Marc Mercado carries an M240 and and M4 after a long day of casualty evacuation training drills at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii on May. 2018.
Even with the BFAs, this photo is still more realistic than 'The Hurt Locker'
U.S. Army/Pfc. Jessica Rutledge
Soldiers drag the body of a (presumably) perfectly fine buddy to, well, not safety, because we know he's not in danger — thanks BFAs! — during a training event at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.
Another great photo bites the dust
U.S. Army/Pfc. Daniel Parrott
Soldiers with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, take part in training at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, California on Nov. 12, 2015, and because of the BFAs dangling from the muzzles of those weapons, an otherwise perfect stock photo for a military news story is again ruined.
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The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."