Marines to allow pets in III MEF barracks, and other April Fools’ Day jokes from the Marine CorpsMarine Corps Times
By: Shawn Snow
April 1, 2019
April Fools’ Day jokes across the Corps are abound, so be wary of what you read on social media, especially if it seems too good to be true.
Marine Cpl. Alexia Lythos with Communication Strategy and Operations, III Marine Expeditionary Force, poses to take her picture with Gouda, a companion animal, Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, March 27. Lythos posed for the photo as part of an April Fool's joke played by the III MEF COMMSTRAT team. (Lance Cpl. Ramon Garcia/Marine Corps)
The III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan, punked thousands of Marines with a press release announcing that companion pets were now allowed in the barracks.
If you managed to scroll to the bottom of the message or the photo caption, it was clearly marked as an April Fools’ prank.
But some people commenting on the unit’s Facebook page were certainly sold on the idea. It even got Marine Corps Times for a brief nanosecond.
The best line in the fake release: “bearded dragons (must be kept within grooming standards).”
While not at home on any military installation, “pets will be required to wear a reflective belt to ensure their safety and protection.”
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