The military community is huge on rivalry and houses some of the most inventive contests ever imagined. Each branch is currently and forever waging a friendly war with one another that shows no signs of stopping — not that we'd want it to.
We hate on each other for various reasons, but at the end of the day — we're still on the same side. Do not get it twisted. If we didn't mock our brothers and sisters, how would they know that we love them? Think of it more like healthy competition than bad blood.
We Are The Mighty is made up of members from all branches of service. This time around, it's a soldier ribbing his fellow sailor counterparts. Upset? Wait until your retort comes around. Argue in the comment section and maybe you'll bring up good snap-backs.
With the upcoming Army-Navy football game, now's the time to break out the salt on those squids.
1. You guys are heroes during fleet week. We just show up drunk at Hooters.
Everyone wants to roll out the red carpets when you guys get drunk, but when we do, there's a company-wide recall because the FNG got a DUI off-post.
And the only 'free' stuff we get is a ride to the police station. (Photos by Spc. Adam Parent and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Chavez)
2. In-country deployments versus at-sea deployments.
I mean, we get it: 7th Fleet is supposedly terrible. Want to know what else sucks? Damn near everything about Iraq and Afghanistan. Just know that your ships have mess decks instead of CONEXes filled with expired MREs.
Yeah! You show that water who's boss! (Photos by Sgt. Kandi Huggins and Staff Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez)
3. If you're not a
fake Marine Seabee or Corpsman, we don't know who the hell you are.
We're constantly working with airmen because they're our taxis. We constantly work with Marines because they're cool. I mean, technically there's got to be at least a few soldiers who run into a sailor while on active duty, but that's rare.
There's another rivalry between Medics and Corpsmen, but that's not my beef. They're all cool in my book. (Photos by Maj. W. Chris Clyne and Lance Cpl. Patrick Osino)
4. Seabees get better toys while on
actual in-country deployments.
On the subject of Seabees, if you don't know, Seabees are kind of like construction workers. They get actual supplies and use actual tools to build actual buildings. Want to know what we get? Sandbags. And we get to use them like floppy Lego blocks.
We might get plywood, but if we do, it's always used by that guy who says he knows how to build. He doesn't. (Photos by Spc. Leith Edgar and Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Gordon)
5. We see them only as glorified sea-taxi drivers for their cooler sibling (Marines).
We use the Air Force when we're trying to Uber the hell out of Afghanistan — and they do the same for the Marines
and the fake Marines. Shy of launching a few missiles (which every branch does — there's nothing special about your Tomahawks), your entire purpose is to deliver Marines as if terrorists ordered them on Amazon Prime.
Besides, we like our air taxis better. (Photos by Spc. Cheyenne Shouse and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan R Clay)
6. How the hell did we lose the "drinking and cussing like a sailor" sayings to a bunch of beach-volleyball players that dress like anime schoolgirls?
Have a conversation with any soldier and they'll use expletives like a comma. Catch them out of uniform and they'll have a bottle of something in their hands. Those sayings should be ours! But no, they go to you guys even though...
Lightning round: ...your crackerjacks are silly. Your blueberries are pointless. We won't ever let you live down Top Gun. The "100 sailors" joke will never stop being funny. Nearly your entire branch is made up of POGs. You literally call you lower enlisted "seamen." You ruined Godsmack.
And d*mm*t are we still jealous that your SEALs popped OBL instead of our Green Berets.
But you know what? We've got nothing but love for you sailors. You did give the world the Sky Dick, after all. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson and Jay Pugh)
*Bonus* We're still upset about all those years of Army / Navy games.
Go Army. Beat Navy. Let's kick their asses for 13 more years and see how they like it.