Mota, mota, got a lotta faux motivation!Ralph Lauren
This Fleece Graphic Sweatshirt from Ralph Lauren was originally priced at $125, but is now just $34.99. Who can believe it? Now, if you're looking at that and thinking "hmm, there's something familiar about this," you're not alone.
Originally surfaced on Twitter by The Warax, along with a number of other mil-inspired items, the sweater features a logo that's visually similar to the Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem. However, when reached for comment, the Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office could not confirm at this time whether or not the logo violated the service's existing trademarks — which are extensive, and were the subject of a previous Task & Purpose article.
The designer's site doesn't include any additional information on where the inspiration came from, nor does it say it who Ralph Lauren's Marauders were, though some Twitter users have speculated:
While these items are a source of amusement for most, and the cause of vein-popping rage for a few, clothing companies have been making bank on military-inspired swag for decades, and they're not going to stop anytime soon. And why should they? In fact, I say we flip the script: It's time some active duty service-members shell out outrageous sums of money for knock-off military swag, just to see what happens when they sport it on base.
And here's a totally accurate rendering of what that might look like:
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)
The Navy is considering giving Ma Deuce a quiet new update.
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)
Despite what you may have heard, the Army has not declared war on mustaches.
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]."
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.'
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.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.