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Ah, Valentine's Day, what a shitty time to be deployed.

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Some 10,000 deployed service members will be getting an early screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

So, here's to hoping there are no blue falcons out there to ruin it for everyone else.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman

Imagine you’re about to deploy. You’re saying your goodbyes and taking that last hurried swig of hard liquor before boarding the bus. As you get ready to leave you notice nearly half the unit is missing. When you ask a friend where everyone is, he answers: Dental.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mark Garcia

On Feb. 26, Tammie Ashley welcomed a new addition to her family: Sirius, a military working dog that once belonged to her son, Sgt. Joshua Ashley, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving with a U.S. Marine Special Operations Command team in 2012.

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Photo courtesy of Angry Staff Officer

Editor’s Note: This article has been modified from its original version, which was published on Medium by Angry Staff Officer.

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Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson

One of the greatest things about serving in the military is our “soldier sense of humor.” Different than other kinds of humor, it often functions as part of a larger pressure relief. Born of adversity, the imminent threat of violence, seriousness of purpose, and brotherhood, soldier humor helps military members make light of war, deployment, and monotony.

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