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:
We’ve all had that moment — attempting to describe something to a non-military friend. And as you hear yourself explaining it you realize it makes zero sense. Sigh. Welcome to military life, civilian acquaintance. No matter how many times you try to explain it, it doesn’t seem to get any easier, either.
Take a look at these totally relatable moments as to how it feels to explain the suck, decode acronyms, and essentially translate an entire language to someone who’s not in the know.
Although we here at WATM know the importance of the moment we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power, we can’t ignore the facts: Senator Bernie Sanders turned into the biggest and best part of the day. The endless memes and photo sharing of Sanders after President Biden was sworn in as our nation’s leader may have broken the internet. In a good way, of course. Here are WATM’s top 20 memes featuring Sanders. I figure you have to imagine everything in his voice to adequately appreciate this, so dig in and bring your imagination. Also, maybe curl up in your favorite mittens (see what I did there) to enjoy.
Listen, this man on the moon thing is a big deal, amiright? But let’s get this exploring space thing on the road.
2. America’s treasure
I am a national treasure. Change my mind.
3. Let’s get to work
Okay people! We are winning the war but that doesn’t mean we sit around lollygagging, lets go to work! Bernie fits right in.
4. Knocked out
That’s going to leave a mark. Too bad he didn’t believe in Medicare for all.
5. Winter is coming
This fur better be fake or I’m going to get loud.
6. Thrill ride
Who has time for this? We have a world to save.
7. Stop whining
These kids think they have it bad, they have no idea what’s waiting for them out there without Medicare for all or free college.
8. Feeling the Bern
There’s the feelings chart and then there’s feeling like Bernie. It’s in its own class.
9. Inauguration? NBD.
When you are Bernie, you multitask. Inauguration of President Joe Biden? Check. Daily errands? Check.
10. Hanging out
Feeling cute, might build a skyscraper today.
11. Hitting high notes
I was told there would be singing and music. I was lied to.
12. Passed over
It’s fine Barack, I didn’t run just as many times or anything. I’ll wait.
13. Staying afloat
No need to panic, the Coast Guard will be here soon. Thanks, Bernie.
14. Make love not war
If they had just listened to me, we wouldn’t be doing this war thing. I’ll just watch.
Bernie knows there’s no place like home.
16. Postal fail
When you believe that government can work but you also know the United States Postal Service takes forever.
Bernie as the marriage therapist when things get deep and Jada says she got into an “entanglement”.
When you could be saving the whales or marching for wage increases, but you are stuck at your boss’ promotional ceremony instead.
19. National defense
No need to send the National Guard to defend the Capitol, Bernie is on the job.
And finally, our favorite… of course.
20. Hurry up and wait
Bernie is every single military spouse across the globe waiting to start their life. Again.
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.
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.
Generic memes? Pass. Sometimes we need a meme that’s so niche, it’s good. When it comes to the military, every branch has a whole world of memes worth exploring, and these 20 Navy memes are “bow-nd” to leave you laughing.
1.One of the most relatable Navy memes ever.
They’ll either have all of the patience when they return, or none of it. Proceed with bullsh*t cautiously.
2. Isn’t it beautiful?
Too bad you’ll never see it up close.
3. Never cut corners
This probably won’t happen. But what if it does?
4. Reuse, Recycle
He had it coming, he had it coming, he only had himself to blame…
5. Life in the Navy
All in a day’s work.
Get it? Scan da…Navy in? No? Not even a chuckle? Okay.
7. It’s showtime
When the world needs the Navy, the Navy provides.
8. Be a Shame if…
Not today, Satan. Not today.
9. I mean, he did what she asked, right?
10. Loophole: Found
Except all you’re going to do on your trip is clean.
11. They Said Dive!
Orders are orders.
12. Shots fired
Here, let me help you apply some ice to that third degree burn.
13. Beat the odds
Before you hit 30, because then the odds are going to start beating you with a stick.
14. Remember that one time they got rid of rates?
It lasted about as long as an airman would at sea.
15. The art of anticipation.
Apply this at home. Tell the kids that guests are coming and hand them a vacuum. You’re welcome.
16. When someone says your name
Who? Me? What did I do? Who died?
17. Go get a mop to clean up this mess.
If you can find it, that is.
The Air Force has service. Why don’t we have service? It’s not fair.
19. Definitely not sleeping…not at all…
20. What they think you do vs. what you actually do
Family Readiness Groups are a mainstay in military communities. They keep the masses informed, throw awkward parties in which everyone can meet and they’re a great way to keep everyone in touch, including family members who are not on post.However, if you’ve never been to one of their events — sometimes where the fun is *forced*, you may be in for a surprise. Take a look at these memes that perfectly describe your first go-around with these right-of-passage events.
Whether you want to or not, you’ll be there
Welcome to the world of being voluntold.
2. When they say it’s not mandatory but it really is
We all know how to read between the lines.
3. When you show up wondering if it’s booze friendly or not
May the odds be ever in your favor.
4. Then you get there and there are no recognizable faces
But what’s your last name? I don’t know faces.
5. When they ask for more helpers
Who’s down to give some time?
6. You might be diving in deep
Welcome to the team.
7. When they get down to the informational portion
Be sure to take notes in pencil.
8. When the meeting is a pop-up and no one told you
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?
Trying to plan anything in the military is like, well, trying to plan something in the military. It’s a constant game of “Will this actually happen?” “What will change?” And the inevitable, “Will everything adhere to the basic rules of common sense?” It’s a real gamble, and anyone who has planned a military event knows just what we’re talking about. It might even feel impossible to accomplish anything, and we feel this feedback deep into our souls.
Some comparable examples include: cleaning your house with wild toddlers running amuck, eating a browning while brushing your teeth, and literally treading on thin ice. Because, kind of like planning in the military, you never know when the bottom is going to fall out from under you.
But we digress. Without planning, nothing would get accomplished, and therefore, we’ve got to start somewhere! Take a look at these all-to-relatable memes that outline planning a military event.
Here’s a solid visual:
Please wash your hands.
2. Doing high-level math to mark your calendar:
Get the big calculator out.
3. This accurate representation of planning
They nailed it. Best of luck.
4. Meanwhile, getting the high-ups on board and ensuring you’re following the rules:
Hope someone is keeping track.
5. Or when you’re totally on it and suddenly get ghosted
6. Or when you got volentold and didn’t want to make the plans at all
Pshhhh if I have to.
7. Then when everyone cancels last minute
Oh come on, nerds.
8. When someone schedules a meeting to discuss the plans
Couldn’t this have been an email??
9. When the feedback comes in
Say what you mean and mean what you say, folks.
Planning an event in the military might be its own kind of crazy, but it’s the best way to get things done. What are your best and worst horror stories from trying to work something into your crazy schedule?
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’s not that I have anything against the good-natured jokes of April Fool’s Day, it’s just that I don’t believe anything for an entire day. Sure, you have your ridiculous ads from companies, like the McPickle burger from McDonald’s, but then there’s the ones that sound plausible until you stop and think about it for more than a second.
Tom Brady saying he’s going to retire? The dude still has four more fingers to go. Lockheed Martin saying they now have the technology to smell Space? That’s not how Space works. The Army announces that it’ll take the well-being of the troops into consideration and allow them to wear protective masks, under AR 670-1, in areas of with hazardous air quality? Good one.
At least there was a solid selection of memes to choose from this week! Enjoy!
(In all seriousness, the protective mask one is real — and it’s about freakin’ time.)
(Meme via Coast Guard Memes)
(Meme via Broken and Unreadable)
(Meme via I Am An American Soldier)
(Meme via Disgruntled Vets)
(Meme via Valhalla Wear)
(Meme via Sh*t My LPO Says)
It took me longer than I’m willing to admit to get that the left side was port and right was starboard.
And the only way I still remember it is because ‘left’ has four letters, and so does ‘port.’ Don’t judge me.
(Meme via Decelerate Your Life)
(Meme via 1st Civ Division)
(Meme via Private News Network)
(Screengrab via The Salty Soldier, Credit to Reddit user u/patientbearr)
In every branch, on every base, and in every possible unit is a communications (commo) guy. Sometimes, you get a commo guy who runs-and-guns alongside the combat arms guys. Other times, you get the guys who can talk for hours on the backstories of every comic book character ever made. Occasionally, these two guys are one in the same.
We tend to stick to ourselves and hide away in the S-6 (our commo shop) until we can no longer use “commo work” as an excuse to miss bullsh*t duties. In case you never got the chance to talk to us, here’s a basic rundown of what happens in our commo shops.
There’s the computer side and radio side. There’s no bad blood between us because we stick together despite our differences and we both are masters at shamming/skating.
10. The radio guys have a single job.
That job is to make sure a hunk-of-junk radio, not even worth its weight in scrap metal, doesn’t mess up. Spoiler alert: Everything will go great until the moment you need it to not be a hunk of junk.
9. Commo gets called in for every computer problem.
But nearly every problem we run into can be solved with simply asking, “But have you tried turning it off and back on again?” This buys us enough time to Google the real solution.
8. No one really knows what we do.
And then we need to explain to superiors that our MOS is vital to combat readiness.
7. COMSEC (Communications Security) is a pain in the ass.
Once we pick up rank, we get pain-in-the-ass duties. The worst is being COMSEC custodian. It isn’t the enormous pile of paperwork or dealing with the fallout of an idiot ‘zeroizing’ (wiping completely clean) stuff they shouldn’t.
It’s opening this goddamn safe without it giving you a goddamn lightning-bolt error.
6. There’s literally nothing on a retrans missions.
…also known as spending days on top of a hill, being the middleman between two radios so they can connect to each other over long distances to the point that you lose your goddamn mind.
With nothing to do but radio checks for days at a time. Just you. The radio. And maybe one or two other commo guys.
5. Our jokes never die.
Older commo vets will be glad to know that their jokes are still spread throughout the commo world.
4. Improper radio etiquette is more cringe-inducing than listening to people chew with their mouths open.
One of the first things troops learn in Basic/Boot Camp is the phonetic alphabet. It’s made for this very specific reason.
3. Nothing unnerves us like messy cables.
About 90 percent of the computer-based commo world does is browse subreddits about perfectly laid-out cables in server rooms. We are in awe.
2. Best moment to be a commo? When it’s time to get rid of sensitive information, CDs, and hard drives in a destructive manner.
Also known as, “those moments you really get to zeroize something.”
1. And they say Commo guys are POGs…
“You can talk about us, but you can’t talk without us!” said every commo ever.
The Space Force, a relatively new branch within the Air Force, has without a doubt been a controversial subject. The poor dears have also found themselves the subjects of a number of inventive and insulting memes. From space monsters to wardrobe malfunctions, here are 20 brilliant memes about the Space Force. Sorry, guys. We couldn’t resist.
1. What’ll it be?
2. Why so serious?
I guess after the thousandth wise crack, it gets old. You’ve got to admit- despite her annoyance, her lavender hair is fire.
3. Aiming for the stars
ROTC kids are usually tough. And then there’s this guy, looking like a balloon animal in a baseball cap.
4. Why does this look so familiar?
Oh. That’s why. Who okayed this?
5. Expectations vs. reality
It’s no different than the rest of them…
6. Nothing ever changes, does it?
Just pretend it’s Tatooine.
7. Everyone wants to join
Don’t worry. It’s humane in real life. Promise.
8. It is the Space Force, after all.
After we get mainstream commercial space travel, this should absolutely be the flight attendant uniform.
9. Space Force hairstyles are…innovative?
He should sue.
10. Me and my homies
Is this not how the Space Force spends their weekends?
11. Good thinking
Eat all the fast food you want…
12. Protecting the galaxy
Just wait for the aliens to come. Then you’ll see. You’ll aaall see.
13. So effective.
The best disguise is in plain sight.
14. Did Michael Scott do this on purpose?
Either way, I’d serve next to Steve Carell any day.
15. ‘Space Isis’
You heard it here first, folks!
16. The nightmares no astronaut will admit to.
Maybe the giant space bugs are herbivores?
17. Standing guard at the StarGate
It’s still cool, I guess. Almost.
18. Student loan forgiveness?
It’s all about the hustle.
19. They won’t pay
The alien exchange rate is probably out of this world anyway…