Military life summed up in one photo: The exhaustion, the futility, the police calling

A student picks up brass after completing weapons training during Fieldcraft Hostile on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Aug. 8, 2022. (Staff Sgt. Jake Carter/U.S. Air Force). The term “military service” covers a lot of ground. It means swearing a solemn oath to defend your country and its values. It can mean serving overseas in combat, or at home during relief efforts in the wake of a disaster. There’s camaraderie and sacrifice, courage and fortitude, hardship and heartfelt joy. It also means doing the mundane, boring-as-shit jobs that just need to get done. You know, literal military ‘service.’ Enter: Police calling. Embracing the suck, circa 2022. (Staff Sgt. Jake Carter/U.S. Air Force) This recent image of a U.S. service member, taken by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jakle Carter, shows U.S. troops picking up spent shell casings after a day on the range. Commonly referred to as “police calling,” it’s a routine part of training, wherein service members form up in a line after they’re done shooting for the day and then walk forward, stooping down here and there, to painstakingly pick up every single spent casing they can find. It is a universal part of military service. If you’ve fired…

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Military life summed up in one photo: The exhaustion, the futility, the police calling

Updated: August 11, 2022 — 10:26 am