Marine photo by Lance Corporal Kevin C. Quihuis Jr.
A few days ago, I was drunk in Romania talking to a 24-year-old infantry Marine, who had joined the Corps at the tailend of major combat operations in Afghanistan. He was lamenting how he never got his Combat Action Ribbon. I told him what I usually tell guys when they complain to me about never going to war. “Nobody is going to give a shit about that when you get out of the military,” I said. “So you need to start letting it go now.”
Anyone who’s ever been to basic training knows that the relationship between trainers and trainees is strictly lopsided: The drill instructor screams orders, and the new recruits follow them. There’s no small talk. No in-between. So when Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Vargas, a drill instructor in the U.S. Army Reserve, recently found himself being addressed as “Rocco,” his nickname, by one of the privates in his charge, he was, understandably, caught off guard.
Like wine or old cheese, military humor is an acquired taste — one that requires an exceptional tolerance for violence and bodily fluids to fully appreciate. And nobody does military humor quite like the guys over at Ranger Up, the North Carolina-based military apparel company that recently joined forces with Article 15 to produce the upcoming zombie apocalypse spoof “Range 15,” which may go down as the most disgusting war film ever made.
Here’s a fun question we never get bored of asking: If and when the zombie apocalypse kicks off, what’s the first thing you do? Most people tend to respond with something like, “Grab a gun and head for the hills,” or, “Raid the local grocery store.”
Of all the big names to appear on the cast roster for “Range 15,” the ultra-perverse “for veterans, by veterans” zombie apocalypse spoof produced by and starring the masterminds behind Ranger Up and Article 15, perhaps none was more surprising than Marcus Luttrell.