Marriage and the military certainly have their own set of stereotypes. This is true whether you’re the one in the service, or are the spouse to a service member, active duty, Reserves or National Guard. And in most cases, what life is really like and what’s believed by the general public varies greatly. (That’s not to say they aren’t based on some specific instances, but overall, no way.) However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to poke fun at these beliefs. Especially when we can do so with memes.
Take a look at these images that shed light on some of the funniest aspects that are believed about military marriages.
This long-running stereotype
It’s a little bit true … and a lotta bit funny.
Gotta propose before deployment!
3. Spouses don’t come out unscathed either
The benefit is real, though.
4. And this terrifying image
No one is safe with these jokes.
5. When those deployment orders come
Quick, get it on paper!
6. This common saying
We’ve heard this one a lot.
7. It’s not really true…
Let it settle.
8. When you’re serving your country and your personal life falls apart
9. Then there are the spouses who get involved
Look out, they mad.
10. Fitness goals
It’s true though.
11. But mostly, we’re all looking at the stereotypes like:
Since the dawn of time and inception of the Armed Forces, trash talking has been an accepted right of passage for military members. As sports entered the equation, naturally the trash talking intensified. As the internet gave birth to memes, this opened so many doors to hilarity. No matter who you are cheering for during the Army/Navy football game, we here at WATM hope you’ll embrace the epic nature of our top 20 trash talking memes.
Everyone knows the Marine Corps is the toughest, most badass branch – after all, there’s a reason they say, “Always a Marine”. Except on Army/Navy game day, then they are suddenly sailors.
Blending in with their surroundings is what the entire Army does best. Hoorah! Oh wait, that’s the Green Berets. Never mind.
3. & 4. Who scooted best?
That’s just how they roll.
5. Air Force
Although there may be seven (we see you Space Force) branches of service, only two are known for their epic rivalry. Three don’t have their own teams, one is the stepchild everyone forgets about and the other does the fun flyovers. It is what it is.
6. Navy Seals
The Navy has been winning on the field for the Army/Navy Game for years. Looks like they just won Halloween too.
7. Ocean Blues
When the Navy recruiter tells you it’s the perfect way to see the world, but all you see is the ocean or the deck you are constantly swabbing. #NavyLife
8. Let Freedom Ring
The Navy may have the Seals, but the Army has the Rangers and Green Berets. Their cool-guy factor is off the charts. Well, I guess the Navy has the badass Marine Corps too – until they drop them off to handle their end of the fight.
9. Spelling Bee-not
When you have the lowest ASVAB score requirement of all the branches of service, you might be a soldier.
10. & 11. Losing Streak
The Navy beat Army 14 years in a row, lost one game in 2016 and then just kept on winning. On the field, at life…. just, winning.
12. War Games
The truth hurts, but it’s gotta be said. Who grew up wanting to play Navy? It just didn’t happen! GI Joe’s never go out of style, sort of like an MRE – something that sailors never have to worry about eating.
13. Go Coast Guard
I mean, you don’t see this badass Navy Seal wearing an Army uniform when he’s in need, do you? #BeatArmy
14. And, ACTION!
When the Navy Seals come, they run.
15. The Uber Driver
When your branch sails the high seas to bring the Marine Corps to fight with the Army. Oooooh, burn. #BeatNavy
16. Holding the Fort
When you started the whole “Armed Forces” thing and support all of the other branches, you get some bragging rights. #GoArmy
17. & 18. Flower Power, Pew Pew
One branch is breaking down doors in the name of freedom. The other is protecting its citizens from the danger of allergies. #GoArmy
When you’ll wear anything before you’ll wear Army swag, like a pink bunny onesie from your grandma. #GoNavy
20. Playing Nice
Listen, we had to end it with this one. Trash-talking is all fun and games but every single man on the field would sacrifice it all for his country. No matter who you are rooting for, just remember that after the game – we’re all on the same team.
If you know the language of the military, you know what we’re talking about. It’s basically a language all its own. Full of acronyms and nicknames that don’t make sense to the general public, there are entire strings of conversations that can go on including nothing but jargon. (And good luck to anyone not in the know.) That’s where funny memes come in.
From discussing ranks, daily situations, moves to everyday gear, jargon is a THING in the military. Take a look at these common memes discussing what it’s like to speak the language … and if you don’t.
When there’s just a bunch of letters
2. Sometimes you can’t shut it off … even when you want to
Stop, translate, re-state.
3. The point doesn’t always get across
But it’s a good time.
4. When you accidentally teach civilians
Make it stop.
5. Seriously though
Do you hear yourself?
6. When you first joined and had no idea what was happening.
The vocab keeps on coming.
7. Deciphering the code like…
8. Then when you are lost and just stay silent.
Eventually it’ll all make sense.
9. The people who shorten everything
You are so cool.
10. It never stops
Military jargon — in all branches — is a language all on its own, and once you learn it, it sticks with you for life. After all, it’s an earned right of passage. Take it with you and use it well!
President Trump has officially signed the order to begin the process of developing the Space Force. The logical side of all of our brains is telling us that it’s just going to be an upgraded version of what the Navy and Air Force’s respective Space Commands currently do… but deep down, we all want to sign up.
I mean, who wouldn’t immediately sign an indefinite contract to be a space shuttle door gunner? It represents that tiny glimmer of hope in all of us that says we, one day, can live out every epic space fantasy we’ve ever dreamed up.
The sad truth is that the first couple decades (if not centuries) of the Space Force will involve dealing with boring human problems, not fighting intergalactic aliens bent on destroying our solar system. Oh well.
Hey, while you wait for the army of Space Bugs to start invading, kill some time with these memes.
It looks like the Department of Defense is finally retiring the Cyber Awareness Challenge training. Sure, it’s outdated, uses graphics from the early 2000s, and barely scratches the surface of cybersecurity in a world where new threats emerge every other minute. But the campiness is what made it so ridiculous that it was enjoyable.
I just want to throw out there that everyone freaking hated that training when it came out. Eventually, everyone started to like it in spite of it being silly – kind of like Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. Then as soon as too many people started to actually enjoy the ridiculousness of it… They pull the plug on it.
Coincidence? I think not.
Pour one out for the dude who always believed in your cyber security abilities when you doubted yourself. Jeff, you’re never going to be forgotten. These memes are for you.
(Meme via Infantry Follow Me)
(Meme via Not CID)
(Meme via Coast Guard Memes)
(Meme by Yusha Thomas)
(Meme via Disgruntled Vets)
(Meme via Valhalla Wear)
(Meme via Uniform Humor)
(Meme via SFC Majestic)
(Meme via Army as F*ck)
(Meme via Pop Smoke)
(Meme via Decelerate Your Life)
(Meme by Ranger Up)
(Meme via The Salty Soldier)
BONUS: You guys have a good, safe, and UCMJ-free four-day weekend! Happy Easter.
In the famous words of my old First Sergeant… “Don’t do dumb shit.”
There’s no denying that 2021 has started with a bang – good or bad, we’ve had a dramatic first few weeks of January. But, this is also a stark difference to what we were hoping it would be. For some reason, the majority of the population had an unwavering, illogical view that with the New Year, we’d all have a change of fate and everything would be better. Like magic. The clock flipped and all the bad stuff would disappear … or at least take a sharp turn toward the decline.
That has – obviously – turned out to not be true. However, the transition and lack of smoothness has left us with a whole slew of memes. Join us as we chuckle about our own blindness to reality, and the jokes that came along with it.
The 2021 NYE party we wished we’d had
What a snoozer.
2. Still no travel plans in the foreseeable 2021 future
Yet so many dishes.
3. Don’t forget the laundry
Cycle watching is the new streaming alternative.
4. Meanwhile, the online shopping is getting even more disappointing.
*clicks return now* At least in 2021, returns are easier than they used to be.
5. For anyone who tried an at-home haircut
Just wait it out folks, please.
6. There’s always background filters
Travel anywhere with a green screen and a swipe, because that’s about all you’re allowed to do in the first few months of 2021.
7. But hey, spring is coming soon
HOPEFULLY it’s the perfect weather for evening out those mask lines.
8. The latter is the January we actually got
Hopes were dashed; breakfasts were ruined.
9. When you wake up and everything got crazy
We just wanted a little rest. Sigh. 2020’s boredom naps are forecasted to continue well into 2021.
10. But no matter what, resist the urge to get bangs!
This is something even the New Year can’t fix.
We may not have started off the year the way we planned, but there are always memes to be made. From unfortunate haircuts, to canceling yet one more set of travel plans, so far, 2021 is not turning out to be the breath of fresh air that we had hoped for. But it’s here and we’re tackling it the best way we know how: with dumb jokes on the Internet. Go forth meme makers and continue your good work.
Oh snap! The first official recruiting ad for the Space Force has finally dropped! Don’t get me wrong. I’m just as hyped as everyone else who joked to their retention NCO that the only way they’d stay in was to reclass as a space shuttle door gunner.
But, like, why do they even need an advertisement at this point? Everyone knows who they are and are already planning on camping out at the recruitment offices when they open. It’s like seeing a commercial for a Ferrari. It’s just a waste of time and money when we’re already sold on the idea.
Whatever. They’re probably going to have a bigger budget than the Air Force – so spend it if you got it, right? Anyway, here are some memes.
1. I don’t care about any of your damn stories from Basic. But you can be damn sure that I’ll play along with whatever BS lie about how badass you are to tell civilians.
2. While we’re in, we all sh*ttalk chief for being OFP. But, he’s literally treating the military like it’s a 9-5 job at that point.
3. North Korean generals got nothing on some of the E-4’s I’ve seen these days…
4. Anyone know if the vehicles in the motorpool are still fine? No one’s been around to kick their tires in ages!
5. All else fails, pocket sand…
6. One makes things go boom. The other prevents things from going boom. See the problem?
7. Largest amphibious landing in military history and it wasn’t conducted by the branch of the military specifically designed for such a task…
(Yeah, I know. They were in the Pacific and Marine generals assisted in the planning. I thought Marines were at least supposed to understand jokes.)
8. “Ah, I see you’re a man of culture as well.”
9. For the Space Force? In a heartbeat. Then again, I’ve been out for a few years, put on a few pounds, have literally no applicable skills needed in space… But I’d do it.
10. Well. Now I’m going to rewatch Band of Brothers this quarantine… for the 101st time…
11. As long as you don’t have flat feet. (Is flat feet still a thing?)
12. f it looks right, it is right.
13. If you didn’t jump up out of your bunk, but forgot that you’re on the lower one, so you smack your head so damn hard it echoes through the bay, did you even go to basic/boot camp?
Let’s face it, memes are one of the best things about the internet. They simply wrap up our thoughts and jokes so perfectly — all with an image and a small amount of text. (Because who wants to do extensive reading when they’re just trying to let loose?) Yes, memes just get us. They get it right and we are thankful that they exist.
Including these uh-mazing versions to help ring in the New Year!
This overdone joke that we secretly love
2. Meanwhile, hoping 2020 actually has an end
3. When you accidentally fall asleep too early
Did I miss it?!?!
4. This amazing resolution that we should all be using every year
I’ve already made up my mind that if the Space Force starts opening up its doors to include combat arms within my lifetime, I’d be at the recruiting office in a heartbeat. It doesn’t matter that knowing how I’d react, I’d probably be a random Red Shirt who’d have his back turned at the worst possible moment and say something ironic like “the coast is clear!” before getting eaten by something.
Then Senator Ted Cruz in a Senate hearing advocating the Space Force planted the ultimate idea in my head… Space Pirates. Sure, the memes were taken slightly out of context because he was referring to rogue nations attacking satellites and not the swashbuckling buccaneers we’re thinking of. But is it a bad thing that kinda makes me want to join the Space Force even more?
It’ll take far too long for us to make first contact with aliens yet it’ll only take a few decades for space travel to be affordable enough for us to get down on some Firefly or Babylon 5-type action. We’re counting on you, Elon Musk. Make this dream come true!
While we wait for the cold dark reality that the Space Force will probably be far less exciting in our lifetimes than pop culture expects, here are some memes.
(Meme via Not CID)
(Meme via Air Force Nation Humor)
(Meme via Team Non-Rec)
“I don’t know, Hanz, he said something about my mother being a hamster and my father smelling like elderberries.”
Fun fact: The insult from Monty Python was actually implying that King Arthur’s mom reproduced fast like a small rodent and his father was a drunk who could only afford the lowest quality wine. The more you know!
Last week the United States swore its 46th president into office. Even during a pandemic, a big deal was made by event planners, celebrating a new accomplishment by our latest Commander in Chief. No matter how you feel about current events, there’s no denying that some pretty awesome memes came into existence from the inauguration itself. Yes, highlighting this time-honored tradition came with the introduction of new memes. Because, well, because it’s 2021 and the internet exists, and how else do we celebrate any next big thing?
Take a look at our favorite memes from this momentous day and the best jokes that were brought into existence.
Bernie stole the inauguration show
There’s no denying that this is probably everyone’s new favorite meme. And that it’s already been made into countless memes. Keep ‘em coming!
Bernie explaining himself, while also not caring that he’s an infamous inauguration meme now
Dude was just trying to stay warm!
When the pose fits, wear it.
They just kept on coming
And we were HERE for it.
Lady Gaga’s outfit, which was fire but also quite Hunger Games-y
We like your inspo though.
We also like these inauguration outfit recreations.
Even if the meme made us LOL.
Kanye already interrupted one big show. Why not an inauguration?
That time Leslie Knope predicted Joe’s future inauguration
Homegirl met Joe Biden back in the day.
This TikTok star who documented his journey, avec cranberry jug chugging
Newly famed Nathan Apodaca skateboarded his way to the inauguration, drinking cranberry juice. As one does.
This random, yet hilarious shot
If you know, you know.
The laughs just kept coming from this year’s inauguration event. Especially the never-ending line up of Bernie and his mittens. (BTW mitten sales have apparently skyrocketed in days since. If you’re in the mitten business, you can thank the man himself!)
What were your favorite memes from the inauguration?
It seems like everyone is doing that dumb “ten year’s difference” thing on Facebook. Personally, I think this is just depressing for the military community no matter how you slice it.
Either you’re a young troop who’s now reminded of how goofy they looked as a civilian, you’re a senior enlisted/officer who’s now reminded of how much of a dumb boot they once were, or you’re a veteran who’s being reminded of how in shape you once were ten years ago.
If you’re an older vet who’s been out for longer than ten years, well, you’re probably the same salty person in the photo, and no one could tell the difference or that you aged. Maybe a bit more gray and less hair.
Anyways. The Coast Guard hasn’t been paid, but at least these memes are free!
Blues, Pinks and Greens, NWUs, Cammies, ABUs, ODUs, ACUs — whatever you wear, or whatever you call it, it’s the standard in your branch. These are names of the most common daily wear (and dress uniforms) of military branches. Though the uniforms themselves vary among the ranks and jobs, the jokes usually do not. After all, there are ample rules and variations, and it’s tough to keep it all straight. Besides, what fun is it if you don’t poke fun at the next branch’s duds? Don’t worry though, it’s all in good fun.
Take a look at these military uniform inspired memes and the people who proudly represent them every day of the year.