I’m sure you’ve seen these images appear on an advertisement encouraging you to use your GI Bill at a for-profit school, click on the latest military dating app, or purchase any product that’s probably sketchy as hell. They're the classic no-effort military stock photos.
You have to ask yourself whenever you see one of these: “Did this photographer literally not know a single person in the military? How did this happen?”
A lot of people take offense to these hastily assembled images, but not me. I consistently find myself going down the Google image rabbit hole just to see how far these things can go, and they never disappoint. Outdated uniforms, grossly improperly worn uniforms, mismatched uniforms, facial hair (not the cool SF kind, the white trashy kind where the model just didn’t shave that day), horrific salutes, terrible props, etc. It’s all there and all hilariously glorious.
It’s one of those it’s-so-bad-it's-good situations. You can’t help but sit back and soak it all in, because the fact is, these photographers are probably getting substantial paychecks from these, which means that numerous brands and media organizations are paying for these.
To all the models and photographers continuing to put this wonderful art out, I’d personally like to thank you for your service.
A marble statue memorializing the founder of the U.S. Army Airborne was set on fire Thursday in North Carolina, and museum officials believe it happened because vandals confused it for a Confederate memorial, according to the Dunn Daily Record and other media outlets.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."
Airmen with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pump water from a flooded common living area to an area with less impact on the local population, Dec. 13, 2009, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Sharon Singer)
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
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