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We all knew Santa Claus was part aviator with his raging around the world in his sleigh and part special operator with his slipping down chimneys action, but — as these 9 photos show — he’s a man of many warfare specialties:

1. Tanker

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(Photo: US Army, Sgt. Quentin Johnson)

2. Loadmaster

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(Photo: U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. James Ferguson)

3. Squad leader

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(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps, Kristen Wong)

4. SAR swimmer

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(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda Huntoon)

5. Base firefighter

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(Photo: U.S. Air Force, Beau Wade)

6. Crew chief

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(Photo: U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Aubree Rundle)

7. Plane captain

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(Photo: U.S. Air Force, 1st Lt. Stacie Shafran)

8. Catapult officer

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(Photo: U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class David Mercil)

9. Drill instructor

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(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Menzie)

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