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June 2, 2011      Share

Navy SEALs get all the attention, but
the animal kingdom has inspired some
other wild military teams, too.

The Top 9 Military Teams Inspired by Animals

9> Navy Eels: Slippery internal investigators who produce shock
and awe.

8> National Guard Weasels: Joined to avoid being sent to Vietnam.

7> Navy Bettas: Fancy uniforms, but you can’t put more than one in
each unit.

6> Air Force Grouses and Navy Carps: Elite complaints

5> Marine Corps Octopi: Experts at the profession of arms.

4> Army Termites: Demo team who tears down whatever Navy SeaBees
and Cranes build, even if Air Force Roaches are squatting

3> Marine Sponges: Mop-up operators after Black Ops Sponges soak
up everybody else’s budgets.

2> Navy Penguins: Grounded from their flying days for cold feet,
but can still go for the krill.

and the Number 1 Military Team Inspired by Animals…
1> Army Jackalopes: Undercover stealth group that “doesn’t really



Selected from 62 submissions from 11 contributors.
This week’s list authors are:

Dave Ferry, Purvis, MS — 1 (3rd #1)
Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC — 2, 3, 4, (3-day pass!), Banner tag
Glenn Anthony, San Carlos, CA — 2
Edmund Conti, Raleigh, NC — 2, 9
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA — 3, 4, 6, 9 (4-day pass!)
J.J. Gertler, Alexandria, VA — 5
Andrew Hoenig, Rockville, MD — 7
Mark Weiss, Austin, TX — 8
Marty McCullen, Gettysburg, PA — 9
Andrea Kelly, Brookeville, MD — Topic
Kilroy, Washington, DC — Graffitist

RUNNERS UP list — Combat Scat

Air Force Rocs: It certainly does.
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)

Army Dung Beetles: Hey, somebody has to do the dirty work.
     (Edmund Conti, Raleigh, NC)
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)
     (Andrew Hoenig, Rockville, MD)

Coast Guard Dolphins: Cool and useful, but not real useful.
     (Mark Weiss, Austin, TX)

Coast Guard Leeches: They attach themselves to immigrants sneaking
in by water.
     (Dave Ferry, Purvis, MS)

DIA Rheas: Collectors of all sorts of crap who then stream it out.
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)

DoD Ostriches: Managers of huge projects like BRAC or aircraft
that never get off the ground, who hide their heads when GAO
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)
     (Mark Weiss, Austin, TX)

DoD Sloths: Acquisition specialists.
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)

Marine Coral: Rock hard, and just as smart.
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)

Marine Gorillas: After years of intensive training, they now have
a 200 word vocabulary.
     (Glenn Anthony, San Carlos, CA)

Marine Jellyfish: They’ve never been pinned down.
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)

Navy Cats: Special Ops unit that really, really hates getting in
the water
     (Glenn Anthony, San Carlos, CA)

Navy Walruses: Overweight and unshaven Navy Seals gone to seed.
     (Andrea Kelly, Brookeville, MD)