People are losing their minds over this re-enlistment where, if you haven’t heard, an airman used a T-Rex puppet to mouth her oath while she said it. Totally aside from the fact that there are REAL ISSUES that we should all be worried about, a couple thoughts... First off, step back and look at the big picture. The military is a VOLUNTEER force that is listed as the highest stress job year after year, and when they’re not slashing jobs for “force reduction,” retention numbers are pitiful.
Second, google “funny re-enlistment” and you’ll see this is hardly the first time this ceremony had some levity to it. So what? Because there was a puppet, NOW it’s gone too far?
Finally, those of us that have been stalked by retention during our final days in the service know what it can be like. I’d like to think that this airman was harassed by the retention NCO about re-enlisting, and made a request so ridiculous that she never thought they’d actually let her do it, and she could cite that as her reason for not re-upping. When she got a green light, it became a giant game of chicken between her and command.
Ultimately, this whole thing is being blown way out of proportion. If you’re a vet or active duty, and you took your re-enlistment oath with solemn reverence, then great. But I know many more who added some humor to the occasion and made an otherwise long day/month/year an enjoyable one for everyone in attendance.
#RelaxAmerica #dontsweatthesmallstuff #BiggerIssues #22aDay