8 Over-the-Top Ways Troops Had Fun With Their Reenlistment


WeAreTheMighty originally published this article a couple of months back. In the wake of the Great Dinosaur Scandal of 2018, it's worth another look.

Troops rarely get a say in anything. As a lower-enlisted, your opinion is often discounted and, not to burst any bubbles, as you climb higher, you'll likely find more of the same. One of the rare exceptions, however, is in determining the conditions of your reenlistment. 

Nine times out of ten, a reenlisting troop will say, "screw it, just give me the paperwork" without testing the limits of exactly how far a commander is willing to go to keep them in. Commanders can shoot down the silly requests, sure, but on rare, beautiful occasions, a troop will get exactly what they want. 

These are a few of those moments:

8. While putting out a fire

(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurie Dexter)

It makes perfect sense if you're a firefighter to have your reenlistment in the middle of a simulated fire. The key word here is 'simulated.' If it wasn't, you probably should focus on, you know, the task at hand. 

7. On an anchor

(Meme via Decelerate Your Life)

This one seems fitting as you're tying your career down for a few more years. 

6. While freefalling

(U.S. Navy photo by James Woods)

Why reenlist before your jump or after you land when you can save time and take the Oath right in the middle?

5. At a Gamestop

(Meme via USAWTFM)

Deep down, we all know that dude's reenlistment bonus is going towards video games. Let's just cut out the middleman and hand the check directly to the guy behind the counter.

4. At a football game

(U.S. Army Photo)

You and your buddies might as well get free tickets to a football game while you give Uncle Sam a few more years of your life. 

3. In the gas chamber

(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau)

This may seem like a terrible idea, but with all that CS gas, you can try and pull the "I didn't make the oath. I was coughing too much!" line if you change your mind.

Protip: It won't work. 

2. At the South Pole

(U.S. Army)

On the bright side, they got an Antarctica Service Medal in exchange for giving a few additional years to Uncle Sam. 

1. By Jon motherf*cking Bon Jovi at the One World Trade Center

(Photo by Bruce Howard)

I'm not even mad. This is just impressive. She forever has a one-up on anyone trying to out do her reenlistment. 

"You just want a reenlistment on the bow of the ship? Oh, that's neat..." 


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