Your top 13 favorite Mighty stories from 2017

The editorial staff of We Are The Mighty spends a lot of time thinking about you, readers. Probably more than your husbands and wives, likely less than your First Sergeants (our main audience skews younger) and doctors (our second largest audience skews much older).

"Try reading the articles before you comment. That should help."

Knowing what you like to read can tell you all a little something about yourselves, too. So, take a look at We Are The Mighty's top stories of 2017 and then take a deep, reflective look at yourselves.

13. 5 key differences between Army medics and Navy corpsmen

It's obviously going to be deeper than just Army vs. Navy.

12. These crusader knights answered the call to fight World War I

You guys liked this so much, we made a video about it:

11. The founder of Delta Force was almost impossible to kill

Obviously, he wasn't totally impossible to kill, because he died eventually — but it wasn't from a bullet.

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10. Egypt pulls a perfect 'MacGyver' move to defend its ships from air attack

Or, "This is what happens when you park a SAM battery on an amphibious assault ship."

9. That time a Marine mechanic took a joyride in a stolen A4M Skyhawk


This is a great story because it has a happy ending. Also, this dude is a legend.

8. This is why some sailors wear gold stripes, and some wear red

A Navy Corpsman answers the question you never thought you wanted to know everything about — until you realized they have two colors of rank.

7. 5 military myths that Hollywood has taught us to believe

This post was way more thoughtful than how actors hold weapons.

6. Watch a real US Army honor guard perform the 'Razzle Dazzle' from the movie 'Stripes'

There's nothing true-to-military-life about it, but this proves everyone loves Stripes.

5. Watch this guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns get stabbed and carry on

If you don't love and/or respect the Old Guard, you are wrong.

4. This is what happens when the Army puts a laser on an Apache attack helicopter

When pew turns into zap.

3. This awesome 'trench broom' terrified Germans in both World Wars

An American classic goes to war.

2. Watch the F-22 take on 5 F-15s – and dominate

It's okay, though... that's how it's supposed to go.

1. That time Marines in a firefight called customer service for help with an M-107

Any excuse to put Shannon Corbeil back in front of a camera. #WhoToldItBetter


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These old Navy training videos on how to flirt are hilariously bad

The National Archives hosts countless educational films that have come from the military throughout the ages. If you want to learn about declassified nuclear testing, they've got it. If you want to learn how to properly resist communist propaganda, they've got that, too. If you want to learn the 1960's way of wooing women, you better believe the U.S. Military has wasted money on making those videos, too.

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How R. Lee Ermey's Hollywood break is an inspiration to us all

While there have been many outstanding actors and celebrities who have raised their right hand, there has never been a veteran who could finger point his way to the top of Hollywood stardom quite like the late great Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey.

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Combat poetry reveals what life is like on the Afghan front lines

Justin Eggen had some things stuck in his head for a long time during — but especially after — his two deployments to Afghanistan. These thoughts became poems and short stories that reflected his feelings and personal experience as a Marine in Marjah and in Afghanistan's Sangin Valley. They are Eggen's way of handling the overwhelming series of emotions from and memories of his time there.

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7 things grunts think about on watch in fighting holes

If nothing else has made you question your choice to join the infantry before, digging a fighting hole definitely will. It's always miserable, it's extremely time consuming, and there's always a giant rock waiting for you once you're halfway down. But, once you get that hole dug, it's smooth sailing. Now, all you have to do is deal with the sleep deprivation and crummy weather.

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That time US troops found 200 tons of stolen Nazi gold

In the closing months of World War II, the defeated Nazi Army scrambled to hide the hundreds of tons of gold they had despicably stripped from various nations during their occupation. As they hurriedly stashed their ill-gotten gains, they were unaware that the Allies were drawing near.

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10 military spouses you should unfriend on Facebook immediately

Often, there comes a point when people decide to give their Facebook friends list an overhaul.

They completely change their social landscape online by avoiding accepting friend requests from certain types of people, and they give their current friends list a good, hard scrub.

Everyone has their reasons. Maybe they're doing it for security purposes, or because a handful of people's posts drive them crazy or they want to keep a more professional profile. Military spouses in particular might do so because they want to focus on positive, stress-free relationships – that is, the ones that bring wine, wear sweat pants, and check judgment at the door.

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This JASSM variant could replace the Harpoon

For a long time, the AGM-84/RGM-84 Harpoon missile has been the primary anti-ship weapon of the United States military. Over the years, with improvements, it's successfully held the line. But, as is perpetually the case, time and technological advances have forced the U.S. Military to look for a missile with even more reach and punch.

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7 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to watch before 'Infinity War'

Not planning a two-day Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon right before seeing "Avengers: Infinity War?"

Nobody has time for that.

To accommodate fans who want to freshen up their knowledge, we collected a list of the most essential MCU movies to watch right before you see "Infinity War," which is scheduled for release April 27, 2018.

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