Look I don’t for a moment think that Air Force PT standards are tougher than Marine PT standards (and probably not even as tough, although to be fair the Air Force has toughened theirs up big time), but seriously, did the Marines actually have to whine about this?
The Marine Corps moved fast to silence an Air Force military training instructor who boasted in a service-sponsored video that airmen are in better shape than Marines.
In a video broadcast on the Air Force’s Web site, the unidentified instructor bragged that airmen who graduate basic military training are “in better shape than most Marines.”
The video, forwarded around the Marine Corps via e-mail, reached Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent, who asked Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy on Thursday to have it removed. Roy ordered his staff to take it off the site immediately after reading Kent’s e-mail and reviewing the video.
“Needless to say, I was shocked when I checked my e-mail this morning,” Kent said in a statement released to Marine Corps Times on Thursday. “I had numerous e-mails from privates first class through senior staff [non-commissioned officers] questioning the intent of this video. You have to understand, Marines are very proud, and they view statements like the ones in the video as an attack and will defend the honor of our Corps at all costs.”
Roy agreed with Kent’s assessment.
“Once [Roy] saw the video, he felt the only right thing to do was to have it taken down,” said Master Sgt. Adam Stump, an Air Force spokesman.
Come on, Marines, there’s no crying in the tough game of recruiting. Man-up for heaven’s sake. You’re the fricken United States Marine Corps and this hurt your feelings?
What’s next? Complaining that the MCX doesn’t have the right color nail polish for your pedicures? (I’m talking to the male Marines, by the way.) You’re the baddest of the bad. The elite. The greatest warriors the world has ever known since the Roman Legions and maybe that Fat Bastard guy from Austin Powers.
That said, I am going into hiding now because I don’t want Viper hunting me down and killing me.