The Marines have you fighting a dragon in their commercial
Well yeah, they know that if they portrayed reality no one would ever sign up so they gotta sell a hero fantasy that 18 year-olds don't have enough life experience yet to realize isn't real
It really, really is. No joke if I saw this at the mall for 30 dollars I wouldn't blink.
In the 56 years the order existed it has been awarded only 249 times and almost exclusively to general rank officers that led large wartime units (only 7 issued in the last 5 years). Also the swords generally do not look like this, the one shown was awarded to a Lt. Gen. that oversaw Air Force Global Strike Command and the cross guard is meant to look like the AFGSC logo. Almost all the other swords are just normal looking with a badge on the pommel or on the cross guard. It is very rare to be awarded and what makes it most notable is that it is the only award given to command officers by the enlisted people they lead.
>what makes it most notable is that it is the only award given to command officers by the enlisted people they lead.
That's extremely fascinating, how exactly does that work? Is it like an election amongst the troops?
I would assume, receiving one of these is a great honor.
It’s a kiss ass award given by NCOs to FGOs or higher.
Fly Closer, I'm gonna hit them with my sword!
Exactly! The airforce is the branch where swords would be the most useless! Marines would live for that shit, army it would be standard, could conceivably board another ship in the navy, and it’d give the coast guard something to do. Tf am I going to do with a sword in a jet?
Lighting bolts make me think it is some kind of Military Intelligence unit - probably SIGINT (signals intelligence is usually depicted by a lightning bolt on military insignia). If so, that a exactly how nerdy I expect that stuff to be.
Edit: Yup, I don’t know jack about the Air Force. I just looked at their enlisted rank structure and just *noped* them out of my mind for the rest of my enlistment.
It's actually a powersword with +2 lightning damage.
This is almost as silly as the judges and barristers in UK with their daft wigs and dresses.
Edit: also what use is a sword if you’re flying a plane?
It's an award, you display it in your house, why would anyone in this day use a sword? Of course, if it was me who got this honor I'd rather it be like a small thing you put on your mantle or desktop, not a giant anime sword like this.
Guys, that's some goofy shit. Stop; people are trying to take you seriously
Ok but the best is gonna be when the space force starts giving these out.
On second thought maybe they will just give a huge 6ft tall sewing needle for popping enemy space suits
One clarification: It seems it is actually awarded to commanding officers by the enlisted people they lead.
So my title about top brass giving each other is incorrect.
And they only get a plaque instead of the actual sword. So the reward is *literally* the friends they made along the way.
Air Force are weebs
Have friends in the Airforce, can confirm.
“I have the power of god and anime on my side”
So, some research reveals that the swords given as awards are more normal size.
However each unit has a **Master Sword** used in the award ceremony, and those ones are full-on anime bonkers. That one in the pic is the Global Strike Master Sword, and it's actually one of the smaller ones, many of them need two people to carry it
Source and pics of more Master Swords: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25409/the-usaf-uses-huge-swords-fit-for-he-man-and-the-thundercats-to-honor-officers
My god military lifers are such dweebs.
Thunder, thunder, thunder!
Dude in the first pic barely containing laughter.
Everyone gangsta until the U.S. Air Force starts building Gundhams
Comical? Extra-dimensional swords with obvious magical properties secreted away amongst top military officers are comical?!?
How many materia slots, though?
IDK, but I think swords has no much value on modern warfare, so why not make them a decorative object.
When I fly jets, I use a sword during combat. Gotta rack up those achievement points yo.
Less than 250 so not a huge amount and pics from google show different sword styles are presented but the one in your pic def looks goofy.
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