I just can't get enough of this meme and I hope it doesn't go away very soon. I realize that not only do soldiers around the world work their asses off in unbearable circumstances and climates, risk their lives as a matter of course on a daily basis, and endure realities of war that I hope to never be forced to comprehend, but that also? They have some free time to spare. I'm getting the feeling that a lot of these young soliders listen to pop music, and there's something about a catchy beat and something danceable that gets the creative juices going. I just started reading Sebastian Junger's book War, which is turning out to be a very eye-opening read about the impossibility of waging a war in mountain terrain, with plenty of humorous and endearing moments as well. What fascinates me most about these dance routines is that at times the interactions push the boundaries of what you think most macho, don't-ask-don't-tell policy-supporting military dudes* are comfortable with. They're true performers above all else, and I admire this.
*I'm generalizing here and have no stats to back me up, this is based on talking to random military males I meet in bars or parties and quiz uncomfortably about politics until the wee hours.
This is the one I caught on the internets the other day which renewed my interest in the phenom. Apparently the Israeli army has now banned dancing soldiers. Perhaps this is one reason why. Whatevs.
Here's how the yanks do it, again using my favorite Vegas trip anthem. Music, its universal!
This one, despite its homoeroticism, is almost community theater worthy, and I mean that in the best way (I support community theater!) Isn't the beefy guy just irresistible!?!
This video proves its been going on for a while, as its three years old. Not as much dancing but some interesting b-roll nonetheless.
I wonder if this is the same company or is this song just a great jam for working the streets of Iraq. I love how they're dancing while on patrol in the neighborhoods, confusing the locals but hopefully in a good way.
Perhaps it all started here?
Whatever it takes, men and women of the forces around the globe. I support your dancing bootaes, if not all of your native country's politics. Certainly it seems you're doing your best to break up the tension, and that's one thing I can get behind.