What were they thinking, anyway?
Recently a news item came out regarding the conduct of a reenlistment ceremony for a Master Sergeant in the Tennessee Air National Guard. It seems that she wore a dinosaur hand puppet during the ceremony, which was conducted by a Colonel in the same unit!
Some occasions do call for a proper degree of solemnity. This definitely seems like one of them.
Apparently, the Air Force agreed. Both the Sergeant and the Colonel conducting the ceremony were promptly retired from the Air National Guard.
While levity can sometimes serve a purpose, some situations do intrinsically call for an element of seriousness. Christenings, graduations, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and funerals* do come to mind. More specifically, there is a need for rituals. They serve to reinforce the idea that what is taking place is a Big Deal, and it emphasizes group cohesion.
Yes! What she was signing up to do often calls for playing for keeps. There are risks and responsibilities that go with serving in a profession involving defense. Sometimes peoples' lives are on the line, and that profession should not be trivialized with hand puppets.
*An exception may possibly be made with the Irish wake. See this scene from The Wire.
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