(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Quentin M. Todd/Released)
We all know service members like to push it to the extremes. Biggest, baddest, fastest; we like to do everything to the absolute -est. It's what we're known for: doing more with less, going places others can't go, first in, last out, you know, all those things. But sometimes in life, moderation is key.
Here are 6 things you see in the military where less really is more.
Photo by Sgt. Arturo Guzman, Tennessee Army National Guard
Since the beginning of time (fine, early 80s), nothing has said "taste of home" like a Meal Ready to Eat. With their monochromatic packaging, catchy little phrase ("Warfighter Recommended, Warfighter Tested, Warfighter Approved), and roughly 1,250 calories, so much about the MRE is standard issue. But once you open that package, all bets are off. Fortunately for us, there's a website devoted entirely to the history of the MRE and has been reviewing them since General Mattis was just a private.
Here are 5 of our favorite MRE reviews from "MRE Info."
The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the foremost fighting forces on the planet that's been beating America's enemies into submission since 1775. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and beloved lifestyle guru who's been inspiring civilians to throw out all their old crap since December.
Together, they are Marine Kondo, the most senior NCO attached to the Section 809 Panel, and only force mighty enough to tame the unruly kudzu of bureaucracy and red tape that is the Pentagon acquisition process.
Below, Marine Kondo outlines the principles that should guide Pentagon planners as they work to streamline how the military procures its weapons or war.
The toughest part of almost joining the military is finding a way to subtly express the value of your hypothetical service to others, especially your would-be brothers in arms, had you, you know, actually enlisted or pursued a commission.
After photos surfaced online showing a Ralph Lauren sweater with a logo that bore a striking resemblance to the Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, the service issued a response, and now it's gone from the designer's site.