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These 10 GIFs describe the people you’ll meet at every military ball
(Photo: Missouri Air National Guard, Senior Airman Patrick Evenson)

From traditions that bring a sense of history and gravitas to the funny stories we collect from event to event, military balls are an endless source of excitement, memories, and entertainment. But no matter where or when the ball is, there are some folks that seem to always make an appearance. Here are 10 folks you’re sure to meet at a military ball:

1. The guy who is usually intimidating but is totally letting his hair down tonight

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2. The person who is p-l-a-s-t-e-r-e-d but thinks no one can tell

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3. The folks who aren’t exactly sure what the “kids” are dancing to these days

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4. The guys who are just literally waiting for the first chance to take off as much clothing as they can. . . usually to “It’s Getting Hot in Here” or another clothes-shedding song

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5. The baby-faced newbies who make you wonder if they’re really old enough to be in the military

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6. The person who walks on fashion’s wild side

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7. The couple that cannot keep their hands off each other, even when everyone else wishes they would

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8. The person who is ready to party like it’s Spring Break, 2001

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9. The spouse or significant other who is attending a military function for the very first time

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10. The spouse who has been to so many military balls they have a anecdote–and side-eye–for everything and everybody

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By J.G. Noll

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