It all started last weekend. Three Tennessee Air National Guardsmen created a video, which they posted to Facebook, of a reenlistment ceremony. However, this ceremony was different than the ones that had come before it, because one of them decided to wear a puppet dinosaur on one hand.
The video can be seen here…
While the video may seem innocent, members of the military were furious at what they deemed a mockery of a solemn event. The officer wearing the puppet, Master Sgt. Robin Brown, has since been fired from her job, while the Colonel who gave the oath, who is yet to be identified, was retired and demoted.
On Monday, the Air National Guard Director, L. Scott Rice, was quick to express his dismay…
And then on Wednesday, the Tennessee National Guard made this announcement…
The Washington Post also reported…
“Claims have circulated online that the ceremony was not an official reenlistment and that the video was made for Brown’s children to watch. But William Jones, a spokesman for the Joint Base Andrews Public Affairs Office, told The Post that it was an official ceremony. He said he did not know why Brown used the puppet.”
Many couldn’t understand why the reaction was so harsh…
I (somewhat) understand why some would be upset at this, but it’s just a silly bit of fun, met with gross overreaction. A vast majority of this country never take the oath at all, but you’re going to ruin careers because she decided to have some fun while re-enlisting?
— Zach Linton (@steelcurtain784) April 19, 2018
Puh-lease. No f**king sense of humor.
— Elisabeth Riggs (@HoogieBunny) April 19, 2018
So humour is not allowed in the military??? Well, that's US for you…
— Frederick Awinyo (@FrederickAwinyo) April 19, 2018
C'mon. That's going overboard. Bad look for the Air Force. Hope she finds a job where she(and her sense of humor) is more appreciated.
— Tim (@basicislandmage) April 19, 2018
That’s a Master Sergeant, not an officer. And also, what a ridiculous thing to punish someone for. If you can re-enlist with a scuba mask on, you should be able to re-enlist with a dinosaur puppet
— Mary (@QuiteeContrary) April 19, 2018
So she was valuable on first enlistment, but on the re-enlist having a little fun is an attack on the honor and tradition of a volunteer organization. What a pariah
Is it National Guard or feudal Japan samurai? pic.twitter.com/tM0Zb62vuO
— Sgt. Vernon Waters (@antisocialmajor) April 19, 2018
But others defended the Tennessee National Guard’s decision…
A oath of re enlistment is not suppose to be funny
— Chad Freeman (@chadders1995) April 19, 2018
There’s a time and place. This was neither.
— ImTheBomb.Com (@Dalton12Scott) April 19, 2018
SMSgt she should have known better smh …. pic.twitter.com/qucfq1aUdC
— Top$$helf (@StirMixxalot) April 19, 2018
This is embarrassing. This ceremony is rooted in tradition and marks an important moment in one’s military career. The enlisting airman, but especially the Colonel, should’ve known better. They know there are regulations to follow. If they’re dummy to be stupid, that’s on them.
— b l u s h • b l o o m (@theblushbloom) April 19, 2018
So, we have a lieutenant colonel and a senior NCO belittling the oath? Way to set an example for the young troops! Frickin’ morons.
— C Cato (@CCato5) April 19, 2018
While one person couldn’t help but wonder if there was some bias at play…
My guess is the punish tends to be harshest when its a woman. Maybe if she had a penis & used tax payer money for tickets she would still have her job.
— OmakaRocks (@OMAKAROCKS) April 19, 2018
And another couldn’t believe that this one thing meant tossing out a life of service…
Puppet or no puppet, she said the words and sounds sincere. She probably asked if she could and was told that it was ok. Silly, but she shouldn't have been let go. She had already served and proved herself.
— leaghaire (@leaghaire) April 19, 2018
And Joe pointed out that reenlistment ceremonies in other branches of the military are often done in fun and creative ways…
Man if they get wind on how the navy has epic reenlisments it's anchors away. This one dude reenlisted skydiving and the poor jg had to skydive too.
— Joe Miller (@joemiller01) April 19, 2018
Reenlistments are supposed to be fun, it's you telling them it's a job you want to work and they got their $ worth in training, a chiefs eval will mention %reenlisted in div if its like 100%, and it's you saying I got a 900$ car payment for that mustang, I financed at 25%
— Joe Miller (@joemiller01) April 19, 2018
Apparently the Air Force doesn’t have the sense of humor that the Navy does.