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What Are The Weirdest Reenlistment Ceremonies You've Heard Of?
The Air National Guard has a problem. No, not pilot retention or cockpit safety. This is hotter: A master sergeant reenlisted with a dinosaur puppet on her good swearing hand!
That now-viral video of Master Sgt. Robin Brown reupping with her little friend has caught the ire of the Guard's top officer, Lt. Gen. Scott Rice. "Let me say, I’m equally shocked and dismayed by this event that mocks such a cherished and honorable occasion," he said of the video on his Facebook page. "This action goes against our very foundation."
Uhhhhhhhh. Maybe; maybe not, general. Even in my very banal, now-ancient service, I saw and heard about some goofy reenlistment ceremonies; I'm willing to bet you have, too, dear reader. So have a gander at our list of weird-ass oath-takings below, and add your own in the comments.
1. The stormtrooper
Isn't he a bit short for a stormtrooper? Somebody tell us the story behind this much-shared video. Looks like it could be the roof deck of Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, but we could really use the Force's help on this one.
2. At gunpoint
"U.S. Army Special Forces soldier reenlisting in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan," allegedly.rebrn.com
I mean, everybody jokes about it. Nobody usually does it. Except, you know, with wedding and engagement photos.
3. In a GameStop
May as well. All your bonus money's gonna go there, anyway.
Lt. Cmdr. Jeffery Laubaugh administers the oath of enlistment to Chief Petty Officer Jared Pringle underwater in Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 14. Pringle is attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo.U.S. Navy/Lt. j.g. Matthew Gray
Whether you want to literally take a dive when you take the dive, or you just want to be literally salty, this is always a good option. I can't really believe this is okay and a dinosaur puppet isn't.
5. With cool explosions
U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Tyler, left, re-enlists Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, Explosive Ordnance Division craftsman, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2008.U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse
It makes sense if you're an EOD. But frankly, I've known a couple of combat service support soldiers whose reenlistments should be attended by lots of explosions and shit breaking.
6. In a gas chamber
Embrace the suck. And the CS chemical agent!
At least it makes these things run quickly.
Got more suggestions? Tell us in the comments. Pics/video or it didn't happen!
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.