Mullet Recruit is now officially Pvt. Mullet, having graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Friday.
Task & Purpose confirmed that the young Marine, whose name we're withholding at his request, graduated from Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. He now has the privilege of 10 days of post-graduation leave to enjoy.
We can also confirm he’s a decent shot since he qualified as an expert marksman on the rifle range.
Pvt. MulletPaul Szoldra
"Their training has been focused on instilling our core values: honor, courage, and commitment," Lieutenant Colonel David A. Becker, commanding officer for the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, said on Friday. "You have achieved what few dared to try. Earn the title of United States Marine."
Pvt. Mullet with his uncle, retired Gunnery Sgt. Michael Voorhees
Pvt. Mullet's family was in attendance on Friday, as was a small entourage of active-duty Marines who drove down from Camp Pendleton to actually see him graduate out of love for his internet stardom.
Active-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton with Pvt. MulletPaul Szoldra
Ironically, Task & Purpose can report that Pvt. Mullet appeared genuinely really surprised that attendees other than his family were so interested in him, and didn't seem to know how much his mullet picture had gone viral.
Pvt. Mullet with his family
"We drove 45 minutes to see you graduate," one Camp Pendleton Marine told him after the graduation ceremony.
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.