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Sound Off: Army Intelligence?



Pvt. Camille Coffey, stationed at Fort Gordon, GA with the 782nd MI Battalion, has gone viral with a Facebook video inviting Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to be her date at the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade's annual holiday ball.


Is the video charming and cute? Absolutely. Is J.J. Watt a handsome and powerful man? No doubt. (He's six-foot-five, 290-pounds and possibly the best DE in the game right now.)

And, yet, this: The holiday ball is scheduled for December 11th. The Texans, already off to a disappointing 1-3 start, host the defending champion New England Patriots two days later on December 13th.

Message to the troop: it's true that maintaining a vital and powerful intelligence network that protects the U.S.A. is more important than the day job of a football player (whose individual performance doesn't matter much in anyone's 1-day fantasy league because the rest of his team's defense is so spotty right now). But there's zero chance that Watt will show up and it's very likely that he won't even be able to respond. He's under a lot of pressure. His team is a disaster.

Here's the question: are military dating videos a positive for our men and women in uniform? Do they promote awareness of those who serve and inject a bit of glamor into these events? Or do they create distractions? What happens if every man or woman in uniform decided to invite their favorite singer or actor or athlete and guilt them into "supporting the troops"? Would anyone pay attention? Should someone serving in army intelligence show a little more....intelligence? Let us know what you think about dating videos in the comments below.

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