The U.S. Army is one of the mightiest fighting forces in the history of mankind. It's also populated, at least in the enlisted ranks, by a bunch of 20-somethings who hold both millions in high-tech equipment and power over life and death in their hands.

So naturally, when someone asks a question of our fighting men and women, the answer tends to be elegant in its uniformity: the best way to get an answer is to put something up your butt.

Case in point: this recent Reddit thread in the r/army subreddit that made me, a nasty civilian with the maturity of a toddler, laugh until I soiled myself.

Does anyone know what these are? Found them out by Hohenfels from r/army

This is an innocent question right? I mean, as a reporter, I frequently ask for help identifying ammo and munitions I'm not familiar with.

Wrong, fuck-o. Wrong:

Army photo

This photo has a 119 comments, the vast majority of which are butt-related.

Army photo

In other, totally unrelated news, the Army actually hit its recruitment goals this year amid a rising number of drug and alcohol waivers issued to potential soldiers. Here's a bit of friendly advice: