Watch Egyptian soldiers perform bizarre feats of strength in a batsh*t insane sizzle reel

Mandatory Fun

When service members complain that a military career involves jumping through a lot of hoops, this probably isn't what they had in mind.


Ahead of the anniversary of Egypt's 1952 revolution, Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir Abdel Aziz Ghonim on July 22 dropped a four-minute montage of Egyptian service members engaged in a series of intense exercises.

Most of the reel is standard military boosterism, with interviews with Egyptian service members and their families, some impressive weapons demonstrations, and a handful of appearances from current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. But in between the pull-ups and drilling are some surprising (and likely useless) displays of martial virility.

Let's take a gander, shall we?

Tactical flexing

Tactical fire jumping

Tactical gymnastics

Tactical LITERALLY JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS

Tactical bike riding?

Yeah, it's a little weird! But it still beats the hell out of Ghana's last military expo.

Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 1 conduct category III qualifications on the M2A1 heavy machine gun at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. CRS-1 is qualifying for future mobilization requirements. (U.S. Navy/Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kenji Shiroma)

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A competitor performs push-ups during the physical fitness event at the Minnesota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on April 4, 2019, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec)

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The Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page on Monday posted a memo written by a 3rd Infantry Division company commander telling his soldiers that only the fittest among them will be allowed to sprout facial hair under their warrior nostrils.

"During my tenure at Battle Company, I have noticed a direct correlation between mustaches and a lack of physical fitness," the memo says. "In an effort to increase the physical fitness of Battle Company, mustaches will not be authorized for any soldier earning less than a 300 on the APFT [Army Physical Fitness Test]."

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I don't always drop everything to spend a few hours with a short, squat Marine, but when I do, you can bet it's for Chesty.

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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, consoles a fellow Soldier after sleeping on the ground in a designated sleeping area on another cold evening, between training exercises during NTC 17-03, National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA., Jan. 15, 2017. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tracy McKithern)

The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) is the largest official database of U.S. military media available for public consumption. It is also an occasional source of unexpected laughs, like this gem from a live fire exercise that a public affairs officer simply tagged 'Fire mortar boom.' In the world of droll data entry and too many acronyms, sometimes little jokes are their own little form of rebellion, right?

But some DVIDS uploads, however, come with captions and titles that cut right to the core, perfectly capturing the essence of life in the U.S. military in a way that makes you sigh, facepalm, and utter a mournful, 'too real.'

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The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.

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