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Stock photos are a great resource for a lot of people and organizations who want to convey the right message, feeling, and/or image but can't get a photograph of their own.  A story and/or advertisement about an elementary school, for example, may make use of a great stock image of children having fun while learning in a bright and colourful classroom — rather than having to set-up a photo session at a nearby school and get all the necessary permissions and arrangements.  Unfortunately, when it comes to stock photos of the military though, there are a lot of images that miss the mark — completely.

In fact, they don't just miss the mark, they miss the whole target — and, sometimes, may not even be at the right shooting range.  These rather poorly executed photos, do an injustice to our brave men and women in the military, and can completely misrepresent what our military is and looks like.  But, quite frankly, a lot of these stock photos are just so bad at accurately depicting the military that we just have to laugh at them!

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Hilariously Terrible Stock Photos Miss the Mark Portraying Real Troops

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by James Stewart
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Stock photos are a great resource for a lot of people and organizations who want to convey the right message, feeling, and/or image but can't get a photograph of their own.  A story and/or advertisement about an elementary school, for example, may make use of a great stock image of children having fun while learning in a bright and colourful classroom — rather than having to set-up a photo session at a nearby school and get all the necessary permissions and arrangements.  Unfortunately, when it comes to stock photos of the military though, there are a lot of images that miss the mark — completely.

In fact, they don't just miss the mark, they miss the whole target — and, sometimes, may not even be at the right shooting range.  These rather poorly executed photos, do an injustice to our brave men and women in the military, and can completely misrepresent what our military is and looks like.  But, quite frankly, a lot of these stock photos are just so bad at accurately depicting the military that we just have to laugh at them!

Here's a collection of, some of the best, bad "military" stock images out there.

  1. Confused Drone Operators
     

     
    Let's start with an easy one here…  It's two men in uniform, who are supposed to be drone operators.  The facial hair of the man on the right would never be allowed in the Forces.  Next, there's the complete lack of any name, rank, and/or service insignias.  Collars up is a mistake as well.  Lastly, I hope that I'd never see a drone operator looking so damn confused!
     
  2. Boot Camp Confusion
     

     
    In this stock photo, a group of recruits are being yelled at by their instructor.  For some unknown reason, the recruits and the instructor are in differing uniforms.  There's also the bad hair cuts that would mean trouble for the life of any recruit.  And, again, we see various types of facial hair — from a full beard on the instructor to the guy who hasn't shaved in a couple of days.
     
  3. Sale at the Army Surplus Store
     

     
    This 360° stock image of a soldier is just bad — all of the way around.  Let's start from the bottom; working upward.  The boots that he's wearing — without his pants tucked-in — are nowhere close to military issue.  Then, there's his actual fatigues.  All of that gear strapped to him might be nice for carrying lots and lots of stuff, but it's mismatched and out of place — overdone, and just plain wrong.  No name and/or service insignias are visible.  To top it off, there's the headset — from his other job as a telemarketer — that he'd forgotten to remove.  The finger on the trigger's a nice way to shoot someone's foot off too.
     
  4. Gung-Ho
     

     
    This "American soldier", certainly, shows a lot of enthusiasm for his service.  However, it's easy to see without looking too hard — don't look too hard — that it's all a bit over the top.  We see bags on top of bags on top of bags…  My personal favourite, is the fanny pack.  Are those ski goggles?  And, why's he unshaven?  This one came close to the mark, but then it took a few leaps over the line.  All that he's really missing, is a cape blowing in the wind behind him.
     
  5. They're Bad and They Know It
     

     
    This stock image of three soldiers, might look pretty hardcore at a glimpse, but this one's really just ridiculous.  From the bad face painting — mismatched with the guy on the right — to the haphazardly rolled sleeves, on what may or may not be actual military fatigues, these guys are more than likely the kings of the local paintball range…  That's about it though.  No insignias, the cover of the left is just plain wrong, and the lack of co-ordination between what any of them are wearing is ridiculous.  Our troops are as tough as they come — they don't need a caricature to make them seem any tougher.
     
  6. Casual Friday for Female Troops
     

     
    This one had to come in first place, because it's just too awful for words.  This is supposed to show a female soldier who's also a mother.  But, how could the photographer think that this was even a remotely good idea?  When did the Forces switch to tank tops and leggings instead of fatigues?  They aren't even the same camo pattern!  And, from the way that she's holding the rifle, it's doubtful that this model has ever held a firearm before.  Is this really how we want to portray female troops?  I don't know whether to laugh and/or scream…  You decide.

 
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Tags:  Comedy, Opinionated, The Stupid

 
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