There was a certain irony to it.
At the time the 44 soldiers at Army Ranger School were struck by lightning last week, “they were conducting lightning-protection protocols,” as my colleague Matt Cox reported at Military.com.
Knowing that all the soldiers, including 40 students and four instructors, were treated at a local hospital and eventually returned to duty, readers of the story apparently felt like they could make light of the situation.
Here’s a taste of some of the more colorful comments, some of which are admittedly tacky but nevertheless smile-worthy:
“If they were working on lightning protection protocols and got struck by lightning, do they get a no-go at that station?” –Sean
“One of the most SHOCKING Stories from MDC in a long time!” –33834685
“If it ain’t raining, we ain’t training. There’s no lightning, it ain’t frightening.” –disqus_mbkF20E77K
“And meanwhile Col. David Fivecoat refused to share one of his coats. That is all.” –8675309
“The lightning strike was a scheduled event…It’s Ranger Training.” –wtpworrier
“They all should’ve been issued 1 Irons, held them above their heads…because not even God, can hit a 1 Iron!!!” –Jackernie
“They were struck by lightning and then ‘discharged’?” –Silence
“Because Ranger School doesn’t suck enough. (Sarcasm)” –zader118k