The saying “overpaid, oversexed, and over here” may have been true about American GIs during World War II, but today’s military presents itself much differently. Wartime regulations all but forbid sex in combat zones.
When you’re young, you do dumb things. When you’re young, and dumb, and in the military, the stakes are higher, but that just means your stories are a little crazier. Task & Purpose asked you, the readers, to share the dumbest things you did in the military, and most of the stories were disturbing, funny … or just plain incriminating.
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.